6 Inventive Ways to Cook With Ricotta

Six delicious ideas for this cheese, from a breakfast treat to an after-dinner dessert.

Mild tasting and decidedly unstinky, ricotta occasionally fades into the background—or between lasagna layers. But versatility is part of its appeal. Ricotta works in sweet and savory dishes, from creamy eggs to, of course, cheesecake. The name comes from the Italian method of recooking whey left over from the making of other cheeses (like mozzarella and provolone) with an acid to form creamy curds. Today ricotta is often produced from whole milk and vinegar. The result: a soft, scoopable cheese that can stand alone. (Although it’s even better with honey.)

Pasta with Ricotta and Mint

Pasta with Ricotta and Mint

Chard and Ricotta Frittata

Chard and Ricotta Frittata

Ricotta Cheesecake

Ricotta Cheesecake

Wine-Poached Pears With Whipped Ricotta

Wine-Poached Pears
With Whipped Ricotta

Ricotta, Olive Oil, and Honey Toasts

Ricotta, Olive Oil, and
Honey Toasts

Baked Ricotta With Parmesan and Herbs

Baked Ricotta With
Parmesan and Herbs