Cottage Cheese-Chive Noodles

This is one of our favorite noodle side dishes because it works so well with a wide variety of main courses. Fresh chives and sautéed shallots give it a subtle onion flavor and the combination of cottage cheese and sour cream adds creamy texture without the heavy richness of mac and cheese. Great served with meatloaf, roast chicken, pan-fried pork chops or broiled fish.

Cottage Cheese-Chive Noodles

Cottage Cheese-Chive Noodles

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A small cut of pasta like elbows combined with a light sauce of sour cream, sautéed shallots, cottage cheese and fresh chives makes a quick, easy side dish.


  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 10 ounces elbow macaroni (or other small cut of pasta)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place the cottage cheese in a small bowl and set aside to come to room temperature. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta.
  2. In a separate pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the shallots and sauté until soft and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the chicken broth and bring to a gentle simmer, then whisk in the sour cream until smooth. Reduce the heat to low and keep warm.
  3. Cook and drain the pasta according to package directions and add to the shallot-sour cream mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in the cottage cheese and chives, combine well, adjust the seasoning if necessary and serve immediately.