Hungarian Cottage Cheese Pasta Recipe – Túrós Csusza

Túrós csusza is a traditional Hungarian pasta dish, a simple but filling meal, one of my favorites ever, I am a huge fan of the crispy smoked bacon fat. You can find it on restaurants menus, and also favored by students for its simplicity and low budget. I never bake it, however you will find recipes that make this dish that way.

Hungarian Cottage Cheese Pasta Recipe - Túrós Csusza

30 minutes
Serves 4

500 grams (17.6 ounces) dried square pasta
500 grams (17.6 ounces)dry cottage cheese (curd cheese, farmer’s cheese)
300 grams (10.5 ounces) of bacon fat or szalonna (preserved – salted and smoked – fatty cuts of pork)
1 cup of sour cream
salt to taste

Hungarian Szalonna


Cook the pasta in salted water according to package instructions, rinse under cold running water, drain.

Cut the bacon fat into smaller pieces, put them in a pan and cook over medium-low heat for a couple of minutes until the fat is released and they are crisp and browned.  ake them out of the fat.

Add 3-4 tablespoons of fat to the pasta, add most of the crisp and browned bacon (keep some for serving), mix in 3/4 of the cottage chesse.

To serve, spoon extra cottage cheese and sour cream on top, and place the rest of the fried bacon fat.


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