A method for manufacture of pasta filata cheese from skim milk or fat reduced milk having less than about 2% fat. A culture is added to skim milk and the skim milk is fermented to provide a cultured skim milk. The cultured skim milk is dried to provide a dried cultured skim milk. The dried cultured skim milk is rehydrated by mixing the dried cultured skim milk with water. The rehydrated cultured skim milk is added to non-cultured milk having less than about 2% milk fat in a cheese vat to provide a pasta filata cheese substrate. The pasta filata cheese substrate is then used to make pasta filata cheese by any of the conventionally known methods.