We love the creamy sweetness of ricotta cheese. Here are 12 of our favorite recipes with ricotta cheese that we think you'll love!
Ricotta is an Italian cheese made from either whey or milk - it's similar in texture to cottage cheese, but has smaller curds. It has a light and fresh taste that translates well to pasta, salads, desserts, and pizza.
You can make your own ricotta cheese, we love this recipe from Ina Garten.
Is ricotta cheese healthy?
In comparison to some other cheeses, ricotta has a lower fat and salt content, so could be considered healthier.
Can ricotta cheese be frozen?
Ricotta cheese can be frozen, but the consistency will change. You likely will only want to use it in baked recipes and not in recipes that call for fresh ricotta.
Is ricotta cheese vegetarian?
Yes, ricotta cheese is vegetarian. Most soft cheeses do not contain rennet.
Can ricotta cheese be substituted for cottage cheese?
In a baking recipe, ricotta can be a good substitute for cottage cheese (and vice versa), however ricotta has a much creamier texture than cottage cheese.
If a recipe specifically needs the bulkiness of cottage cheese curds, it's probably best to find cottage cheese instead of substituting for ricotta.
What You'll Need to Make Your Own Ricotta
If you decided to make your own ricotta at home - this is our preferred recipe, you'll need the following:
- Large glass bowl - We like this set because it comes with a liquid measuring cup which is helpful for this recipe as well.
- Enameled Pot - We love a Le Creuset pot and this one is a perfect size.
- Mesh sieve - This sieve has a reinforced frame that will allow it to sit on the side of the bowl.
- Cheesecloth - This is a high-grade cheesecloth that can be reused to make nut milk, yogurt, and cheese.
- Kosher salt - Diamond Crystal is our favorite kosher salt brand.
- Good white wine vinegar - This aged vinegar is our favorite to use.
What are your favorite recipes with ricotta cheese?