Whipped Cottage Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Whipped cottage cheese mashed potatoes come out so fluffy and protein-packed all thanks to the special addition of whipped cottage cheese!

Oh yes, we did! Whipped Cottage Cheese Mashed Potatoes NEED to be the mashed potatoes you serve at this year’s Thanksgiving. They’re made similarly to classic mashed potatoes with boiled Yukons, but we included whipped cottage cheese to make them extra fluffy and delicious.

Mashed potatoes are hands down my favorite Thanksgiving side and my mom always made them with sour cream. We took that same idea but whipped up some cottage cheese in place of the sour cream and the result was epic – smooth, creamy, and protein-packed!

What You Need to Make Cottage Cheese Mashed Potatoes

  • Yukon gold potatoes
  • Cottage cheese
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Salt and pepper
A bowl of whipped cream with a banana slice in it.

Substitues & Variations

Feel free to cook your potatoes in any method you like. We prefer to boil them on the stovetop, but you can also cook them in the Instant Pot or bake the potatoes in the oven.

You can use either butter or margarine, but we prefer the taste of butter best. Any type of milk works for this recipe, we tested this with normal cow’s milk and unsweetened almond milk and you pretty much couldn’t tell a difference.

How You mash your potatoes Matters

  • Smooth: if you like your mashed potatoes nice and smooth, we recommend using a hand mixer.
  • Chunky: if you like a bit of texture, use a classic potato masher.
A bowl of batter with whipped cream and a wooden spoon.

Whipped Cottage Cheese Mashed Potatoes FAQ

What potatoes are best for mashed potatoes?

We love Yukon gold potatoes for mashed potatoes, but russet and Idaho work too.

Do I have to whip the cottage cheese first?

We do recommend whipping your cottage cheese in a blender or food processor first to make sure it’s nice and creamy. If you don’t, you’ll have cottage cheese lumps in your mashed potatoes!

A bowl of mashed potatoes with whipped cream and eucalyptus leaves.


Store leftover mashed potatoes in an airtight container for up to 3-5 days. We recommend reheating in the microwave on high for 60-90 seconds.

A bowl of mashed potatoes with sour cream and herbs.

Serving Suggestions

We loved serving these mashed potatoes with cottage cheese with a pad of butter and extra salt and pepper. Either turkey gravy or mushroom gravy on top is also quite delicious.


  • 5 lb. Yukon gold potatoes rinsed and quartered
  • 3 teaspoons sea salt separated
  • 11 oz. 2% cottage cheese ~1.5 cups
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • ½ cup 2% milk or any kind of milk*
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

Optional Garnish

  • Fresh parsley
  • Fresh chives


  • Add the potatoes into a large pot and then cover with water. Add 2 teaspoons of salt and stir. Bring to a boil over high heat.

  • Turn heat to medium and cook until the potatoes are fork-tender about 15-20 minutes.

  • While the potatoes are cooking, whip the cottage cheese in a food processor until it’s completely smooth. You may need to scrape the sides a bit. Every food processor is different, but this should take between 2-4 minutes to become completely smooth. Set aside.

    A bowl of whipped cream with a banana slice in it.
  • Once the potatoes are cooked, strain them and transfer the potatoes back into the pot. Add the butter to the potatoes and use an electric mixture to mash the potatoes on high until smooth. If you like your mashed potatoes a bit chunkier, feel free to use a classic potato masher instead.

    Potatoes and cheese in a pot on a white background.
  • Add the whipped cottage cheese, milk, pepper, and remaining salt to the potatoes and mix until combined.

    A bowl of batter with whipped cream and a wooden spoon.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley and or chives and enjoy immediately.

    A bowl of mashed potatoes with feta cheese.

Tips & Notes

  • We prefer Yukon gold potatoes for this recipe but red potatoes or Idaho potatoes will work, too.
  • You can peel your potatoes before boiling if you don’t like the skin.
  • Milk*: feel free to add more milk until the potatoes have reached the desired consistency.
  • Feel free to add more salt to the potatoes if needed.

Nutrition facts

Calories: 314kcal Carbohydrates: 52g Protein: 11g Fat: 8g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 4g

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