11 Unexpected Ways to Cook, Bake, and Eat Yogurt That Don’t Involve Jamie Lee Curtis

Yogurt is used to playing second fiddle. It’s your frozen treat when you really want ice cream, the smoothie when you’d kill for a milkshake. It stars alongside Jamie Lee Curtis in sad commercials about your digestive system.

But yogurt wants to be so much more. If you just give it a chance, it’ll make your pastas creamy and your breads fluffy. It’ll be the all-purpose marinade and the perfect pasta sauce. So this week, we’re showing you how to whip up everything with yogurt — not because it’s healthy or full of protein and calcium, but because it’s delicious. And that’s good enough for us.

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Homemade Yogurt

First things first: ditch your pricey, store-bought yogurt for a Tucker’s DIY version — and then cook with it all season long.

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Yogurt lends a little heft to this refreshing avocado gazpacho from Green Kitchen Stories.

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Garbanzo Leek Soup

If you’re one of those purists who likes her soup hot, Love and Lemons has a bright, springy recipe, drizzled with yogurt sauce for a hint of tartness.

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Blue Cheese Dip

Who ever said yogurt had to be healthy? How Sweet Eats shows us how to whip it up into a blue cheese dip that’s perfect for quesadillas.

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Middle Eastern Chicken and Couscous Wraps

When in doubt, yogurt is the perfect starting point for a chicken marinade. Throw in some ginger, spices, and garlic à la Half Baked Harvest, and you have a crave-worthy wrap in the making.

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Pasta Salad

Come spring, the thought of heavy, creamy mayo makes us want to gag. Enter yogurt, which is the star of this tasty pasta salad dressing over at Lady and Pups.

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Fava Bean Soup

Nothing says spring like fava beans. Pair them with yogurt, and you have a creamy springtime soup. Thanks, Wild Greens and Sardines!

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Yogurt for breakfast is never a bad option — but skip the parfait and bake it into your morning pastries, like these Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins from Cookie and Kate.

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Cardamom Yogurt

Indian cuisine relies heavily on yogurt — and with good reason. After a bowl of curry, cool off with Love and Lemons’ cardamom-infused yogurt.

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Sweet Corn Fettuccine

Yogurt in our pasta sauce? Don’t mind if we do. Yogurt gives the classic fettuccine a lighter twist. Thanks, Pinch of Yum!

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Mark Bittman's Yogurt Bread

Hide your muffins. Hide your bread — ‘cause we’re baking everything with yogurt up in here. Fluffy and moist, this all-purpose yogurt bread with molasses is nothing short of genius. Our friends at Food52 have the recipe.

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Pomegranate Yogurt Tart

Yogurt’s definitely for dessert…but you can do better than freezing it. My Name Is Yeh makes a killer tart, topped with pomegranate seeds or fresh fruit.

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