20+ Delicious Ricotta recipes

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What to do with ricotta cheese? Check out these fabulous ricotta recipes featuring scrumptious pastas, incredible desserts, and everything in between. A convenient tub of ricotta cheese can go a long way!

Published April 20, 2020/updated Oct 16, 2023

Top view of crostini topped with whipped ricotta.

What is ricotta cheese?

Ricotta (literally translated re-cooked) is an Italian fresh cheese, with a moist, fluffy texture and a slightly sweet taste. Traditionally, ricotta is made from cow, sheep, or goat milk whey leftover from the production of other cheese. The Italian cheesemakers used to cook the whey to achieve little curds to make ricotta.

Modern ricotta we buy at the grocery store is usually made from whole cow milk and It’s fattier than ricotta made by the traditional method.

Along with parmesan cheese and mozzarella, this fresh cheese is an essential ingredient in Italian cuisine. Its creamy texture and mild flavor work beautifully in both sweet and savoury recipes.

Ricotta Recipes

These mouthwatering recipes will show you how to turn easily a container of store-bought ricotta cheese into incredible vegetarian meals or sweet treats.

Notes & tips

Is ricotta supposed to be grainy or smooth?

Not all ricotta is created equal, and quality varies from brand to brand.
It’s not unusual to find a tub full of grainy or rubbery ricotta rather than soft, creamy curds. However, standard supermarket ricotta should work just fine for most of the recipes, especially when it’s cooked or baked. Here is a helpful list!

Close-up of an easy ricotta recipe featuring crostini topped with whipped ricotta, pine nuts and honey.

Can ricotta be frozen?

Yes, ricotta cheese can be frozen, but freezing affects the texture. Previously frozen ricotta leftovers can be used for cooked dishes such as pies, cannelloni or cakes.

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Top view of several ricotta crostini drizzled with honey and sprinkled with pine nuts.
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20+ Ricotta Recipes

What to do with ricotta cheese? I've got you covered with these ricotta cheese recipes that you'll love like this simple whipped ricotta crostini recipe that makes a wonderful holiday appetizer that's elegant and slightly sweet.
Recipe yields to 1 cup of whipped ricotta that is enough for about 26 crostini.
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: ricotta crostini
Servings: 26 crostini
Calories: 45kcal
Author: Katia


  • 26 baguette or ciabatta, slices
  • ½ – 1 tablespoon olive oil, for brushing the bread, as needed
  • 1 cup (250 grams)  whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 2-3 tablespoons clear runny honey, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts (or 2 Tbsps chopped walnuts or pistachios)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • sea salt flakes, to taste


  • Slices the baguette, cut 0.5cm / 1/4-inch thick, ideally on the diagonal.
  • Preheat oven to 160°C / 320°F. Alternatively, preheat a grill pan on the stove.
  • Place the bread slices on a baking sheet, and spray or lightly brush them with some olive oil, than bake (or grill) for about 4-5 minutes or until golden and crispy. Set aside.
  • Whip the ricotta in a food processor until smooth and creamy. It takes 1-2 minutes. It can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days, in airtight container.
  • When it's time to serve, spread the whipped ricotta on crostini, drizzle with a touch of honey, sprinkle with thyme leaves, pine nuts and a pinch of salt. Arrange the crostini on a serving plate and serve straight away. Alternatively, place everything on a serving plate and let the guests make their own crostini.


How to store ricotta crostini? Firstly, keep in mind that ricotta crostini won’t keep well in the fridge since the ricotta will make the bread soggy. However, if you’re planning to make them ahead, you can make whipped ricotta and keep in the fridge in airtight container for 3 days. Also crostini keep well in airtight container, not in the fridge, for 3 days. Once you have these ingredients ready, you can assemble ricotta crostini when it’s time to serve. 
Baguette or ciabatta: you need approx 6 oz/170 grams overall.
Nutrition facts: the nutrition values are for one serving and they are based on an online nutrition calculator. It’s an estimate only and it should not be considered as a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. Please see my disclosure policies.


Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 56IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 0.4mg


  1. 5 stars
    My family all love food with yummy ricotta, so I saved this list, thanks!

    1. I’m so pleased, Mala! Thanks for sharing your feedback. Cheers x

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