By Cora L. Diekman

Published on October 14, 2016

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So, why is ricotta cheese so amazing anyway?  Two reasons – flavor and versatility.  It’s creamy, rich texture is seriously underrated, especially since it’s the focus of so many sweet and savory dishes.  It’s also super easy to make at home with only four (yes!) ingredients.

Check out Homemade Fresh Ricotta Cheese via The Kitchen McCabe.

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Ricotta Berry French Toast Casserole

Everyone loves a good french toast casserole, and this version is made extra rich and creamy thanks to a full cup of ricotta added to the yummy, sweet filling.

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Fresh Tomato and Herbed Ricotta Bruschetta

Move over avocado – ricotta on toast is the new thing, with plenty of variations to satisfy both sweet and savory cravings. This herby version with tomatoes is a lot like caprese salad with a creamier, more spreadable cheese topping.

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Ricotta Cheesecake

Aside from cannoli, there is no more iconic ricotta sweet treat than cheesecake.  The Italian and Sicilian versions call for lots of whole milk ricotta for a texture far different (and some say tastier) than its New York-style cousin.

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Baked Eggs in Ricotta Parmesan Creamed Spinach

Ricotta offers so many options for breakfast, including savory baked eggs with Parmesan, spinach, garlic, chili flakes, and plenty of flavorful herbs.  Because a one-pot breakfast is always a good idea.

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Tuscan Orange Ricotta Muffins with Rosemary-Orange Glaze

Orange and rosemary are classic Tuscan ingredients, and create a unique flavor combo for these ricotta muffins ideal for breakfast or dessert.

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30 Minute Homemade Ricotta Gnocchi

If you’re not familiar with gnocchi, they’re delicious pillowy bites of dough that are cooked and dressed much like pasta with flavored butter or sauce.  Traditional recipes call for a dough made from potatoes, but this ricotta version speeds up the process with a simpler formula that promises all of the fluffy texture in only 30 minutes.  (Plus bonus recipes for browned butter and homemade tomato sauce, too!)

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Ricotta and Prosciutto Cracker Appetizer

As we enter the holiday season, you can never have too many simple appetizer recipes on hand.  Easy and delicious, this cracker app can be assembled in mere minutes, and it’s super versatile.  If you need a meat-free version, simply swap the prosciutto for slices of tomato sprinkled with sea salt.

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Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Sometimes all you need is a photo to KNOW that a recipe is going to be amazing.  In this case the picture says it all.  May we have a bite?

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Ricotta Toast with Pears and Honey

This breakfast version of ricotta toast would also be perfectly delicious as an afternoon or midnight snack.  Who knew healthy could look so good?

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Baked Ricotta with Lemon and Thyme

Yes, this recipe is exactly what it sounds like – a bubbling hot dish of melted cheese (plus a few yummy herbs and seasonings). Serve with lots of fresh bread for dipping, and maybe a glass of red wine – because why not?

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Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon Honey Ricotta

Don’t worry – once summer is over, this recipe can still be replicated with a grill pan on the stovetop.  You can also swap peaches for other stone fruits, too.

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Grilled Zucchini Roll-Ups with Ricotta and Herbs

When you’re looking for a healthier take on lasagna, these lovely roll-ups are perfectly delicious minus the pasta and meat. Serve with dinner, or as an appetizer at your next gathering.

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Ricotta Gelato

If this recipe sounds too fancy or complicated for your taste, you may be surprised to know that it calls for only four ingredients – and that includes a pinch of salt!  It’s seriously easy to make with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.  Keep this yummy treat in mind the next time you want to impress guests with a homemade dessert they’ll swear you picked up at your local Italian market.

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Lemon Ricotta Pasta

And speaking of Italian, THIS pasta is a must.  Another 4-ingredient wonder, it comes together in the time it takes your pasta to cook.  Simply top with the creamy no-cook sauce, eat, and fall in love.

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Cannoli Dip

We all know about cannoli, so how about a twist on the traditional recipe that turns cannoli into a party-appropriate dip everyone will love?  And yes, those are shards of waffle cones used for dipping.  Could this possibly look any more delicious?

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Homemade Three Cheese White Pizza

You had us at ‘three cheese’.

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Blueberry Ricotta Muffins with Lemon Sugar Topping

These are definitely NOT your average blueberry muffins.  With over a cup of fresh blueberries, lemon zest, and whole milk ricotta, they promise to rival the richness and flavor of any bakery treat.

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Easy One Pot Lasagna

This recipe actually cooks up on the stovetop, for nights when you need dinner in a hurry and heating up the oven seems like too much work.  Large scoops of ricotta cheese dolloped over top create authentic lasagna taste without all of the messy layering.

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Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Turkey Breast with Garlic Herb Sauce

Keep this recipe in mind as a twist on a traditional Thanksgiving turkey.  Working with the breast only, you can skip right to the best part with a delicious and flavorful garlic-herb filling.  (And yes, there’s lots of creamy ricotta, too.)