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

Ingredients:
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

Directions:

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.

Enjoy!

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