Preheat oven to 350°F Combine noodles, cottage cheese, sour cream. salt, pepper and chives. Pour into buttered 2 quart casserole and dot with the 1 tablespoon butter.
Bake about 30 minutes, until noodles begin to brown and casserole is hot and bubbly. Serve immediately.
See notes below for important notes. I increase the cheese and sour cream and decrease the noodles!
**I decreased the quantity of noodles to one pound.**I increase the cottage cheese and sour cream to 2 cups each.**I also dot the top evenly with butter, it's usually more than 1 tablespoon. If you don't do this, the casserole tends to be dry. Leftovers can be refrigerated for 3-4 days.Reheat in microwave until hot.Do not freeze.