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Turos Csusza

Tourishtasta - 1 (1).jpgSomething I have not shared is my obsession with cottage cheese. This started when I was young and our house would always have cottage cheese. I found it to be an adequate replacement for sour cream and ate it with cheese quesadillas.

My mom would frequently put cottage cheese on top of a baked potato with some Parmesan cheese and crazy salt, occasionally even some sauteed vegetables as well. She had learned this simple way of eating from her college roommate and heartily adopted it, and with good reason. I saw her eating this way and tried it myself and LOVED it!

You can imagine my delight upon visiting my then boyfriend (now husband)’s house to find his mom stirring cottage cheese into noodles to make Turos Csusza (pronounced “tour-ish taste-uh”). I had never heard of this dish before. This is a Hungarian dish she grew up with and continued to cook. I was hooked and it has since become a staple in our house. This dish is decadent, but delicious and inexpensive. Also it is one of the easiest to make. I mix it up by adding spices or Parmesan cheese or just eat it as is with salt and pepper. Each way is wonderful and delicious.  

Tourishtasta - 1

Turos Csusza

  • Servings: 4-6 servings
  • Difficulty: Easy
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-1 lb dried fusilli pasta (also called rotini, any other short pasta would work as well)

-2 tablespoons salted butter

-32 ounces of cottage cheese

-1/3 of a cup of sour cream

-1 teaspoon of salt plus more to taste

-2 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper plus more to taste


  1. Cook the fusilli in a pot of salted water according to package directions or about 10 minutes.
  2. Drain and return to hot pot off of the heat.  Add butter and stir around to melt. While butter is melting stir in cottage cheese and sour cream. Then stir in salt and pepper until well mixed. Taste and adjust seasonings.

If you want, you can use low fat sour cream or cottage cheese.

If you are not as excited about cottage cheese, start with 16 ounces and add gradually to taste, the same can be done with sour cream.

This is best enjoyed the day of. Although leftovers will still be delicious, as you reheat them the cottage cheese will melt and form strings.


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