Special K Loaf Recipe AKA Cottage Cheese Loaf

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Easy Special K Loaf recipe made with Special K cereal. Delicious vegetarian loaf recipe made with cottage cheese, eggs, butter and a few other simple ingredients.

Growing up SDA this was my comfort food of choice. On those cold New England nights my mother would make us this amazing vegetarian roast simply made with Special K cereal.

The aroma of this vegetarian roast would fill our house and bring everyone in the kitchen asking if dinner was almost ready.

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Although meat was not a staple in my home growing up, it is on our meal menu thoughout the week now. But every once in a while we want a meatless night and even my meat eater of a husband likes this dish!

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Special K Loaf Recipe

Ingredients

  • ½ chopped onion
  • 1- 24oz container of cottage cheese
  • 1 ½ packets of George Washington seasoning/broth (may substituted for ½ packet onion soup mix or vegetarian chicken bouillon)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 3 ½ cups Special K cereal 
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans (optional)
Special K Loaf with acorn squash and mashed potatoes.

How To Make

  1. In a large mixing bowl add ½ diced onion, 1-24oz. container of cottage cheese, 1 ½ packets of George Washington Seasoning (substitute available below) 2 eggs beaten, ½ cup melted butter and ¼ chopped pecans (optional). Combine.
  2. Fold in 3 ½ cups of Special K Cereal taking care not to mash the cereal too much.
  3. Using 9×13 baking dish, spray with cooking spray and pour in the Special K mixture. 
  4. Cover with tin foil and bake for 45 minutes at 350°.
  5. Uncover and bake at 400° an additional 30 minutes, until golden brown and firm along the top and crispy along the sides. 
Special K loaf in a 9x13 baking dish ready to go in the oven.
Golden Special K loaf with crispy edges ready to be served.

Goes Well With

This is the perfect dish for any night of the week. It goes great with a simple garden salad and mashed potatoes. I also like to dip mine in BBQ sauce and other love a simple gravy to pour over the top.

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Baked potatoes with all the fixings
  • Green beans
  • Corn
  • Squash
  • Garden salad
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Recipe Notes and Substitutes– As I’ve mentioned above, you can substitute the George Washington broth for ½ packet of onion soup mix or vegetarian chicken bouillon. George Washington seasoning/broth can be a little hard to find but they do sell it on Amazon, as I’ve linked for you above. 

I hope you like this vegetarian loaf recipe made with Special K cereal, as much as my family does!

Special K Loaf Recipe

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5 from 5 votes

Vegetarian Roast – Special K Loaf Recipe

Delicious Special K loaf recipe made with Special K cereal and cottage cheese.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dinner, special k, special k loaf, vegetarian loaf, vegetarian roast
Servings: 6
Calories: 317kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ chopped onion
  • 1 24oz container cottage cheese
  • 1 ½ packets George Washington seasoning/broth
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 3 ½ cups Special K cereal
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine ½ chopped onion, 24 oz. cottage cheese, 2 beaten eggs, 1/2 cup melted butter, 1 ½ packets of George Washington broth and ¼ cup chopped pecans.
    Folding in 3 ½ cups Special K last. 
  • Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray and pour in the mixture. 
    special k loaf recipe
  • Cover with tin foil and bake for 45 minutes at 350°.
  • Uncover and bake at 400 degrees for an additional 30 minutes, until brown and firm along the top and sides.

Notes

You can substitute the George Washington broth for ½ packet of onion soup mix or vegetarian chicken bouillon. George Washington seasoning/broth can be a little hard to find but they do sell it on Amazon.
  • The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will very based on different bands of ingredients used and cooking methods. 

Nutrition

Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 363mg | Potassium: 190mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 940IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 11mg
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17 thoughts on “Special K Loaf Recipe AKA Cottage Cheese Loaf”

  1. 5 stars
    I as well am a SDA. This Special K loaf is wonderful. My husband tried it and now he wants it all the time. I sauteed the onions and pecan in the butter. I’m not a fan of the George Washington seasoning; I use the Knorr vegetable seasoning. Made two larges pans for church today per request

  2. 5 stars
    Yummmm…. My mother has made this for forever. Grateful that I am making it for her today. I love this recipe with rice crispies too!

    1. PorchLightReading

      Rice Krispies! My kids would find that so fun, so we might just have to try that. Thank you for the suggestion!

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve been making this exact roast for 40 years, my grown children still request it when I invite them over for dinner, the only difference is I add celery and use a mushroom gravy, I leave the nuts out because the aren’t crazy about them in this dish, as my little grandson says ” it’s the bomb”

    1. Becky that sounds delicious with the mushroom gravy! I completely agree with your grandson “it’s the bomb” and my children’s favorite as well.

  4. 5 stars
    I have baked special K roast before, and I loved it. I also used vegetarian bouillon, and I am willing to try it again, seeing that I have not baked it for some time now. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hello I am new to this and age 74 in oregon, I have all the things to make this cottage cheese loaf but do not have special K cereal however i do have corn flakes. would this work at all?? thank you for your kind help Diana webber from Oregon

      1. PorchLightReading

        Hi Diana, I would suspect that it could work but corn flakes are made out of corn and are more crunchy. Where as Special K is made with rice and wheat and are more puffy. With having different ingredients for the cereal I would image that both taste and texture would be different than the original recipe.

  5. I also grew up SDA and this is the ultimate comfort food for me!
    Lipton has a beefy onion soup mix. That’s what I use. I can’t say for certain if it’s *actually* vegetarian, but it does say artificially flavored and doesn’t list any animal products in the ingredients.
    To make it a bit richer, I brown the butter, toast the nuts, and caramelize the onions. It’s a bit extra effort, but I promise you it’s worth it!
    Thanks for sharing!

  6. The ingredients in the G Washington seasoning are disgusting. 99% chemicals plus onion powder. Why would u recommend that?

    1. PorchLightReading

      Thank you so much for your feedback. George Washington Broth is a popular seasoning that can be found on Amazon and is enjoyed by many. However, everyones dietary needs and desire for ingredients differ. Perhaps you might be able to find your own substitute. Best of luck ~Sara

      1. PorchLightReading

        Oh, what a great suggestion! We’ll have to give that a try next time it’s on our weekly menu. Thank you Brooke 🙂

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