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
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.
Fill homemade pasta with sweet peas, zesty lemon and creamy whipped ricotta to make this impressive dish that can serve up to six.
Creamy baked ricotta is the star ingredient in this impressive Italian dessert, studded with chocolate chunks for extra wow factor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is mixed with parmesan, nutmeg and parsley for a wholesome, comforting dish. Served with buttery petits pois, it’s a delightful midweek meal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nettles have a peppery, spinachy taste that balances perfectly with the creamy ricotta di bufala cheese in this light supper dish.
This elegant burnt ricotta cheesecake with blood oranges from Ombra restaurant in London is bound to impress.
If you've never grilled a carrot before, do it now with this epic BBQ side dish featuring ricotta and toasted pecans.
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.
Brush sweet onions in a balsamic honey glaze, bake until tender and serve with dollops of creamy ricotta for an easy veggie side.
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.
This epic vegetarian entertaining recipe is perfect for when the relatives descend on your home for the holidays.
This blackberry, ricotta and pigeon salad is low-calorie and ready in just 25 minutes but is packed will flavour.
Ever deep-fried ravioli? A few cheat's ingredients including ricotta make these impressive canapés quick and easy to make.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
This pithier - a round, enclosed pie of puff pastry - from John Torrode features chard, squash, ricotta and chillies. Delicious served with beans and parsnips.
These individual courgetti, ricotta and tarragon tarts are really easy to make, look fantastic and, most importantly, taste delicious.
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.
Try our vegetarian lasagne recipe made with squash, ricotta and sage for a veggie alternative to the classic lasagne.
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.
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?