Pasta with Cottage Cheese and Bacon

    25 min

    This is a Hungarian pasta dish called 'Turos Csusza'. It's very quick to make and deliciously creamy with bits of crispy smoked bacon through it.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 450g pasta
    • 4 slices smoked bacon
    • 475ml soured cream
    • 1 (300g) tub of cottage cheese
    • pinch salt to taste

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    2. Bring a large pot of lightly-salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes; drain well.
    3. Cook the bacon in a frying pan over medium-high heat or under the grill until crisp; chop into pieces and set aside.
    4. Place the cooked pasta in a large baking dish. Stir in the soured cream. Spoon the cottage cheese evenly over the top and sprinkle over the bacon pieces. Season with salt.
    5. Bake until the cottage cheese softens, 3 to 5 minutes.

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    I made this as my friends dad is Hungarian and used to cook this for her alot as a child. I tried making it exactly as she does and the instructions are the same here. I make this using tagatelle pasta, it comes out perfect . Thank you.  -  15 Jan 2016


    I'm sorry for the few stars but even though American folks seem to like this recipe it is not a túrós csusza. That's primarily because cottage cheese does not exist in Hungary. We use "túró" (hence the name) which is a slightly curdier version of what you buy in the US as farmers' cheese. We don't mix the pasta with sour cream, rather the cheese itself, and top it with the sour cream before putting it in the oven. Alternatively, the sour cream is mixed in with the cheese. Trust me, it is the right cheese that really makes this dish.  -  21 Mar 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is an amazing meal! This recipe is the authentic way of making it, don't change a thing as it doesn't need it. My Hungarian parents always made this and it taste awsome! You could skip the oven part and just warm cottage cheese and sour cream on stove top with the noodles. I made this for my family and my daughter loves it! Yummy.  -  18 Oct 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)