Our Favorite Ricotta Recipes

July 9, 2012

A collection of sweet and savory recipes featuring the easy-to-make Italian cheese.

Homemade Ricotta
Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

There is something unassumingly spectacular about ricotta cheese. It’s oftentimes the underdog—a reluctant star that likes to hide between layers of noodles and shroud itself in thick tomato sauce. It’s time this cheese (that isn’t a cheese at all—there’s no starter or rennet involved) steps into the limelight and receives due praise for its unique texture, flavor and the fact it can make or break a ratatouille, lasagna or ravioli.

The dishes and desserts found below are our favorites featuring the Italian classic. And here’s what we suggest: Make the ricotta from scratch. Buttermilk and whole milk is all that’s needed to create your own and it tastes infinitely better than store-bought. The simple combo is so good you can enjoy the ricotta with only a light drizzling of honey and sprinkling of berries.

—Emily Arno, Relish Multimedia Editor


Homemade Ricotta

Learn to make this delicious ricotta. It's easy.

Orrechiette with Broccoli Rabe, Ricotta, and Sausage

Orrecchiette with Broccoli Rabe, Ricotta, and Sausage

Just a tiny bit of sausage adds a disproportionate amount of flavor here. Choose sweet or hot, depending upon your tolerance.


Ricotta Pie

The secret to a long and happy marriage, according to author Kristine Gasbarre, just may lie in this ricotta pie.

Spinach & Ricotta Soup

Spinach Soup with Ricotta

A real pond green and the milky whiteness of the ricotta makes this soup even more dramatic.


Butternut Squash Filled with Spinach and Ricotta

A satisfying, colorful, vegetarian main dish.


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