Ricotta is a smooth Italian cheese that can come fresh or aged, and is often used in Italian desserts and pasta dishes. We have a variety of delicious dishes to explore, from comforting family feasts to quick midweek meals. Looking for the best cheese recipes in the world? Want to whip up quick pasta recipes? Try our mouth-watering ideas below and make the most of a tub of fresh ricotta cheese.


Get even more inspiration for fresh pasta dishes, antipasti and decadent sweets with our easy Italian recipes.

Easy ricotta recipes

Baked spinach-and-ricotta stuffed shells

Fill giant pasta shells with creamy ricotta and spinach for a simple vegetarian meal on the table in under an hour. This impressive looking dish is surprisingly easy to make and uses a classic flavour combination that everyone will love.

Stuffed Pasta Shells Recipe with Spinach and Ricotta

Ricotta ravioli

Fill homemade pasta with sweet peas, zesty lemon and creamy whipped ricotta to make this impressive dish that can serve up to six.

two plates of ravioli with creamy whipped ricotta and parmesan shavings on a pink tablecloth

Sicilian ricotta cake

Creamy baked ricotta is the star ingredient in this impressive Italian dessert, studded with chocolate chunks for extra wow factor.

A golden ricotta cake on a white plate, sat on a wooden worktop


Ricotta is mixed with icing sugar, mascarpone and citrus zest then filled inside cannoli to make a sweet Italian treat, best served with a shot espresso.

A large plate of cannoli on a grey background with a shot of espresso and a small bowl of chopped pistachios

Ricotta pancakes with whipped honey butter

These fluffy ricotta pancakes with whipped honey butter are perfect for a special breakfast treat. If you haven’t tried whipping butter try this. It makes it light and airy and allows you to incorporate subtle sweet or savoury flavours.

A stack of ricotta pancakes, topped with whipped honey butter

Beetroot tartare and ricotta toasts

The soft Italian cheese is given plenty of bite with the addition of horseradish. Spread on toast and top with marinated roasted beetroot for a colourful appetiser that packs a punch.

Individual toasts with ricotta and beetroot against a cream background

Vegetarian calzones

Check out our calzone packed with punchy chilli, kale and smooth ricotta cheese. This simple veggie recipe is easy to make and ready in under an hour, great for a filling midweek meal that'll satisfy your cravings for comfort food.

Vegetarian Calzone Recipe with Kale and Ricotta

Tomato and ricotta tart

Check out this easy tomato tart recipe with flaky puff pastry, creamy ricotta base, parmesan and fresh basil. Serve with salad for a simple veggie midweek dish the whole family will enjoy. It uses just a handful of fresh ingredients so no need to dash to the supermarket.

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Spinach and ricotta gnocchi

Check out our super-vibrant recipe for veggie spinach and ricotta gnocchi. This flavour-packed dish may take a bit of time but is sure to impress family and friends. You’ll need to start this the day before unless you can source a drier ricotta from a deli – supermarket ricottas are usually packed in a little liquid so need draining overnight.

Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi Recipe

Baked ricotta with lemon dressing

This easy baked ricotta recipe requires just 10 minutes of preparation, giving you more time to entertain your guests. Use good quality ricotta and capers and lemon to add bite.


Peach, pistachio and ricotta friands

Friands, mini French-style muffins made with ground almonds, are so easy to make. Follow this simple recipe and treat your friends and family to these pretty ricotta- and fruit-filled delights.

Peach Friands Recipe with Pistachio

Spinach and ricotta filo pie

This spinach and ricotta vegetarian pie made with filo pastry is very light at under 200 calories per slice. Ready in under an hour, make it ahead and cook it when you need it. It's great for picnics or a sumptuous summer spread.

Spinach and Ricotta Vegetarian Filo Pastry Pie Recipe

Sweetcorn and ricotta fritters

These easy sweetcorn fritters with fresh ricotta and dried chilli are great for a low-calorie brunch treat or a posh lunch. Serve with roasted tomatoes and our simple avocado sauce.

Ricotta Fritters with Sweetcorn

Ricotta gnudi with sage butter

These delicate, light-as-air ricotta dumplings make an ideal vegetarian main for a special occasion. Don’t be tempted to skip the draining or overnight coating time as these are both essential to the gnudi holding their shape.

ricotta gnudi

Ricotta dumplings

Ricotta is mixed with parmesan, nutmeg and parsley for a wholesome, comforting dish. Served with buttery petits pois, it’s a delightful midweek meal.

Ricotta dumplings topped with lettuce, peas, radish and parmesan shards.

Garlic greens and ricotta pizza

Using a ciabatta bread mix makes this recipe time efficient, healthy and totally delicious. Only consisting of five ingredients, this tempting treat takes 20 minutes to prep but no time to eat! Mix the ricotta with garlic and parmesan for a next-level base for your greens.

Ricotta Pizza Recipe with Garlic Greens

Easy ricotta, ham and spinach lasagne

Try a twist on the traditional lasagne with this ricotta, ham and spinach version. Mixing the ricotta and mascarpone together gives a deliciously indulgent base to layer between the pasta sheets.

Easy ricotta, ham and spinach lasagne

Ricotta toast with kale and cherry tomatoes

Whip up a wholesome meal for one in just 10 minutes with sweet cherry tomatoes, seasoned ricotta and a drizzle of tart balsamic vinegar. Serve on slabs of crusty bread for a filling meal that'll bring a little colour to your plate.

ricotta kale tomato toasts

Baked spinach and ricotta pancakes

Swap pasta sheets for ready-made pancakes in this Italian-inspired, family-friendly dish. Pack in ricotta, spinach and a rich tomato sauce for an indulgent bake you can make in just three easy steps with mostly storecupboard ingredients.

Baked Spinach and Ricotta Pancakes Recipe

Courgette and ricotta cannelloni

No one could turn down a plate piled high with creamy cannelloni stuffed with courgette and ricotta. Use fresh lasagne sheets to create this substantial veggie main. Serve with a simple green salad for an instant crowd-pleaser.

Courgette and ricotta cannelloni

Chard, roast cherry tomato and ricotta bake

Not only is this dish super simple, it's great value too and makes a filling meal for two people. For extra pizzazz take some pancetta cubes with the tomatoes and add to the bake.

chard, tomato and ricotta bake

Ravioli with ricotta and young nettles

Nettles have a peppery, spinachy taste that balances perfectly with the creamy ricotta di bufala cheese in this light supper dish.

A plate of ravioli with nettles on top

Burnt ricotta cheesecake

This elegant burnt ricotta cheesecake with blood oranges from Ombra restaurant in London is bound to impress.

Ricotta Cheesecake Recipe with blood orange slices

Barbecued carrot, ricotta and toasted pecans

If you've never grilled a carrot before, do it now with this epic BBQ side dish featuring ricotta and toasted pecans.

BBQ Carrot Side Dish Recipe

Green cannellini minestrone with ricotta dumplings

A riot of all things green and nutritious, from spinach to sugar snap peas and cavolo nero. There are cheesy dumplings on top too, for a touch of indulgence.

Vegetarian Minestrone Recipe With Ricotta

Charred onions with balsamic, walnuts and ricotta

Brush sweet onions in a balsamic honey glaze, bake until tender and serve with dollops of creamy ricotta for an easy veggie side.

Balsamic Onions Recipe For an Easy Side Dish with Ricotta and Walnuts

Fried gnocchi with broad beans, parma ham, ricotta and sage

This combo of crisp golden pan fried gnocchi and cool lemony ricotta is an absolute winner. Make it for an easy midweek dinner in just 20 minutes.

Pan Fried Gnocchi Recipe with Broad Beans, Parma Ham and Ricotta

Squash and ricotta croissant wreath

This epic vegetarian entertaining recipe is perfect for when the relatives descend on your home for the holidays.

Croissant Wreath Recipe with Boursin

Blackberry, ricotta and pigeon salad

This blackberry, ricotta and pigeon salad is low-calorie and ready in just 25 minutes but is packed will flavour.

Pigeon Breast Salad Recipe with Blackberries and Ricotta

Truffled spinach and ricotta ravioli

Ever deep-fried ravioli? A few cheat's ingredients including ricotta make these impressive canapés quick and easy to make.

Truffled Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli Recipe

Butternut and ricotta rotolo with sage brown butter

Put your pasta making skills to the test and impress your guests with this low-calorie recipe for a herby butternut squash and ricotta vegetarian starter.


Ricotta and kale cannelloni

This ricotta and kale cannelloni is an easy vegetarian option for the family to enjoy. It freezes well too, so make a batch and freeze for later.

Ricotta and Kale Cannelloni Recipe

Grilled portobellos with ricotta, pesto and rocket

This recipe for grilled portobellos with ricotta, pesto and rocket ticks all the boxes: it's ready in 20 minutes, vegetarian and under 300 calories. Plus, the creamy ricotta makes it feel indulgent.


Cheese risotto

Make risotto even more luxurious with a cheesy mix of brie, stilton, cheddar and parmesan, then share with a loved one for a special dinner.

A white bowl filled with a creamy risotto topped with chopped green parsley

Winter greens and ricotta cannelloni

This winter greens and ricotta cannelloni is a great vegetarian main to store in your freezer. The recipe is easily doubled, so why not make one for tonight and one to freeze?

Winter Greens and Ricotta Cannelloni Recipe

Ricotta and spinach filo parcels

Easy vegetarian filo parcels filled with the classic spinach and ricotta make an easy and versatile meal and are surprisingly straightforward to make. Serve for a light lunch, a veggie supper or even take on picnic.


Pithiviers with chard, squash and ricotta

This pithier - a round, enclosed pie of puff pastry - from John Torrode features chard, squash, ricotta and chillies. Delicious served with beans and parsnips.


Courgetti, ricotta and tarragon tarts

These individual courgetti, ricotta and tarragon tarts are really easy to make, look fantastic and, most importantly, taste delicious.

Spiralized Zucchini Tart Recipe With Ricotta and Tarragon

Sweet shallot and ricotta pasta

Caramelised shallots and creamy ricotta make a quick, light but indulgent pasta supper for two. The crisp parmesan and breadcrumb topping is the secret weapon in this genius recipe.

Sweet shallot and ricotta pasta

Squash, ricotta and sage lasagne

Try our vegetarian lasagne recipe made with squash, ricotta and sage for a veggie alternative to the classic lasagne.

Squash, Ricotta and Sage Vegetarian Lasagne Recipe

Sweet ricotta pancakes with honey and figs

Ricotta pancakes are wonderful – fluffy and light with meltingly soft insides. Here they are served with honey and figs for a dessert, but they are also great for breakfast with fresh berries or butter and maple syrup.

Ricotta Pancakes Recipe With Honey and Figs

Roasted squash and ricotta penne

Squash is roasted with rosemary and chilli then tossed with penne pasta shapes and ricotta. What could be better for a fast midweek, meat-free meal for four?

Roasted Squash and Ricotta Penne Pasta Recipe


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