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What can you do with ricotta cheese?

Wondering what you can do with ricotta cheese? Whether you have a whole tub or just some leftover ricotta, there are plenty of ways to use it! Check out these simple tips and easy dinner recipes using ricotta. 

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What can you do with ricotta cheese?

Creamy ricotta cheese. It's the hidden gem that should be pride of place in any fridge. A lighter alternative to heavier creams and cheeses, ricotta has a smooth and creamy consistency that works so well in cooking. So what can you do with ricotta cheese? Here's a few easy ideas and delicious recipes​.

    5 simple ways to use ricotta

    • Omelette: Whisk 2 eggs, then fold in about a tablespoon of ricotta. Season with with salt and pepper. Pour into a pan and just before it's set, scatter over sauteed garlic mushrooms. Cook until set then fold in half and serve scattered with chives.
       
    • Cheat's white sauce: Whisk a 500g tub ricotta, 2 tbsp sour cream and 1 egg in a jug and season with salt and pepper. Use it in a quick and easy cheat's lasagne or other baked pasta dishes.
       
    • Easy baked ricotta: Simply stir 1 egg into a 250g tub of ricotta. Transfer to a ramekin or baking dish and bake in the oven preheated to 180°C/160°C fan forced for about 20 minutes or until firm. Enjoy with crackers, a drizzle of honey, dried fruits or vegetable sticks.
       
    • As a spread: Toast slices of banana bread or fruit toast, spread with ricotta and drizzle with honey for a snack or brekky.
       
    • Finger food pasties: Ricotta and spinach are a match made in heaven. Combine a 500g tub of ricotta with chopped, blanched spinach and season with salt and pepper. Wrap in rectangles of ready-rolled puff pastry and bake to make an easy appetiser.

    Recipes with ricotta

    Check out some more great ricotta recipes below.

    GET THE RECIPE: Chicken Meatballs in a Creamy Mushroom Sauce

    Ricotta plays a starring role in these chicken mince meatballs. They help to keep the meatballs from falling apart and drying out during cooking.

    GET THE RECIPE: Pumpkin, Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells

    Spinach is perfectly paired with ricotta and roast pumpkin in these plum stuffed pasta shells. It might take a little bit of effort upfront but the resulting dish is sensational. You'll make it again and again.

    GET THE RECIPE: Cheat's Frypan Lasagne

    Take some leftover bolognese, make a simple cheat's bechamel sauce using ricotta layer in a pan with fresh lasagne sheets.  The easiest, quickest lasagne recipe you can make! 

    Chicken Meatballs in a Creamy Mushroom Sauce

    Chicken Lasagne Rollups

    Pumpkin, Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells

    Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni

    Creamy Ricotta Pasta Salad

    Cauliflower Pizza with Pesto, Summer Veggies and Ricotta