Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Making homemade ricotta cheese is a rewarding and surprisingly easy endeavor. Cheese-making at home allows you to indulge in the pure pleasure of creating your own creamy, fresh cheese. And the best part, it’s ready in under an hour. Ricotta, which means “recooked” in Italian, is a soft and luscious cheese that has been enjoyed for centuries. This is a recipe my husband recently started making for my older son and it’s become a family favorite.

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Origin of Ricotta

Originating in Italy, ricotta was traditionally made by heating the whey leftover from cheese production. Today, homemade ricotta can be easily crafted by combining milk, acid (such as vinegar or lemon juice), with salt. The mixture is gently heated, causing the milk proteins to curdle and form curds that can be strained to obtain the silky ricotta cheese.


One of the reasons ricotta is beloved by many is its incredible versatility in both sweet and savory dishes. Its mild, slightly sweet flavor and creamy texture make it an excellent addition to lasagnas, stuffed pastas, cheesecakes, and even pancakes. It can be used as a spread, filling, or topping, adding richness and depth to countless recipes.

ricotta cheese

If you’re a ricotta cheese lover already, consider making fluffy ricotta pancakes drizzled with honey, savory ricotta, and spinach stuffed shells, or even a velvety lemon ricotta cake. The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to incorporating homemade ricotta into your culinary adventures.

Making your own ricotta cheese allows you to experience the satisfaction of transforming simple ingredients into a delectable, artisanal treat. So why not embark on a homemade ricotta cheese-making adventure and savor the luxurious and versatile nature of this beloved cheese, it’s easier than you may think.

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About the Author

Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

2 thoughts on "Homemade Ricotta Cheese"

  1. Avatar photo Mary Jane Curry says:

    Beautiful presentation and food photo. Instructions are straightforward. Will make soon for a lasagna.

    1. You are very kind, thank you! I hope you enjoy the ricotta!

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