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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. 

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