6 New Ways to Cook With Ricotta (No Lasagna in Sight!)
Half a dozen ways to incorporate the soft, creamy, and mild-flavored Italian cheese into your meals.
1 of 6Danny Kim
Beet and Ricotta Salata Salad
Top roasted beet wedges with chopped fresh mint, almonds, red wine vinegar, and ricotta salata shavings—a salty, crumbly cheese with a mildly nutty flavor. Finish the delicious side dish (or light lunch) with a drizzle of olive oil. Use Feta or goat cheese, if you can’t find ricotta salata at your local supermarket.
Shortcut ingredients like pre-cooked chicken cutlets, marinara sauce, and store-bought pizza dough make it easy to throw together individual pies for the whole family. Simply shape the pizza dough into rounds and place on prepared baking sheets, layer with toppings, and bake. Sprinkle each pie with shaved Parmesan and fresh oregano before serving.
Use a food processor to whip ricotta into a light and airy spread or dip in mere minutes. Then, sprinkle with juicy pomegranate seeds and freshly chopped mint leaves. Served with pita chips or veggies, this appetizer will be a welcome alternative to the standard hummus or onion dip at your next get-together.
This satisfying spaghetti dinner features a homemade sauce made from canned tomatoes (and their juices), garlic, and anchovies. Don’t let the fish scare you: They break down while they cook, leaving just a hint of saltiness and depth to the flavor profile. When the pasta and sauce have finished cooking, toss the noodles with roasted cauliflower, ricotta, and pine nuts to complete the dish.
Watercress and Bean Salad With Almonds and Ricotta Salata
This surprising main-course salad is made with watercress instead of more commonly used greens, like romaine, arugula, or iceberg (though you can easily swap in your favorite). Add wax beans, onion, chickpeas, almonds, and ricotta salata to the watercress, and then toss with a simple two-ingredient homemade vinaigrette.
Easy and delicious, sometimes a simple spaghetti dinner is just right for a busy weeknight. Thanks to a quick homemade sauce, this version is a step up from topping noodles with jarred marinara but takes just 20 minutes to prepare. Add a dollop of ricotta to each portion before serving to give the dish an extra flavor boost.