ideas for leftover fresh ricotta
Hi all, I have a ton of fresh ricotta sitting in my refridgerator. Any ideas for tasty ways to use it up, the simpler the better because I have a two-week old baby.
Stuffed shells...boil pasta shells. Mix egg, ricotta, chopped fresh basil, chopped frozen spinach (defrosted, squeezed dry) grated pecorino or parmesan and fill shells. Put shells in a baking dish & top with your favorite bottled tomato sauce & a little more grated cheese. Bake until bubbly & heated through.
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes are pretty easy
But you can use it in any way you would use cottage cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, mascarpone or almost any fresh dairy.
-Put it in mashed potatoes
-Put any fruit preserves or compote or honey on it
-Put it in an omelette
-Put it in a tart or quiche (pairs well with spinach or greens
)-Top a salad with it
-Mix it into yogurt for some rich texture and flavor
-Dump it into meatloaf
-Make an Italian Ricotta cheesecake
Really there's no limit.
I bought too much for a party and had a lot left-over recently. How I used it - tossed with rotini and sauteed zucchini, summer squash, and herbs for a pasta salad, on toast with cherry/apricot jam or honey, and with sauteed cherry tomatoes, basil, and olive oil with spaghetti.
I don't have a recipe but I'd vote (if it were in my house or if you want to come over) for a ricotta cheesecake. YUMMY!!!