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OK, I have 2 lbs of ricotta... now what?

Catskillgirl Oct 11, 2008 12:04 PM

I needed a small amount of whole milk ricotta the other day, and found that the big 2-lb container was on sale for less than the small one. Can't pass up a bargain these days. But now I have almost 2 lbs of the stuff. With no working oven. What can I make with it without baking?

Of course my first reaction was to make stuffed shells. Baked ziti. Lasagne. But wait ... no oven. I'm out of ideas!!!


  1. Catskillgirl Oct 12, 2008 08:44 AM

    Wow, thank you so much for the great ideas! I am making cannolli - got the shells from the bakery I work at! I should have thought of it myself, doh. The lemon ricotta pancakes I'm trying next weekend - they sound lovely. And I had ricotta with sliced apples and half a red grapefruit for breakfast - very enjoyable.

    Thank you all!

    1. k
      kristinp Oct 11, 2008 02:52 PM

      I made a really fantastic pasta dish this summer with a sauce that was ricotta, mint, maybe basil, lemon, salt, pepper & nutmeg, all whirled in a food processor. Top with toasted pinenuts and parmesan. It's so fresh tasting!

      Lemon ricotta pancakes are also good!

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      1. re: kristinp
        MMRuth Oct 11, 2008 03:04 PM

        Here's Kenny Shopsin's recipe for lemon ricotta pancakes from tomorrow's NYT's magazine (which is all about food, by the way):


        1. re: kristinp
          leetmom7 Oct 12, 2008 04:44 AM

          A great scratch lemon ricotta hotcakes recipe can be found by googling those words and 'cookingrvc', on Gardenweb's Recipe websites.

          I second ricotta gnocchi.

        2. sarah galvin Oct 11, 2008 01:47 PM

          I'm making a Pear & Ricotta Blintz for Thanksgiving Dinner dessert. The recipe is on www.epicurious.com

          1. h
            hazelnut_spread Oct 11, 2008 01:38 PM

            How about making cannoli? Mix the filling yourself and buy the shells separately.

            1. cheesepowder Oct 11, 2008 01:34 PM

              You could mix ricotta into spaghetti sauce and heat up on the stovetop.

              1. f
                fallingup Oct 11, 2008 01:33 PM

                ricotta is good with fruits. try it stuffed into strawberries!

                ricotta is good in meatballs and gnocchi, if you're interested in making either of those from scratch, which i realize is a bit of an endeavor.

                it's also good in breakfast foods like pancakes

                this is an intriguing use for ricotta that i found: http://iwasbornawoman.blogspot.com/20...

                1. erica Oct 11, 2008 01:23 PM

                  I use ricotta often. I eat it for breakfast on toast, with jam or dulce de leche. I put it into scrambled eggs. I make a vegetable frittata and top with dollops of ricotta. (Harder but not impossible without an oven) Or eat for dessert, with honey or topped with walnuts.

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                  1. re: erica
                    cheesecake17 Oct 12, 2008 07:40 AM

                    I usually eat it for breakfast with grapefruit or canteloupe. Sometimes I add a sprinkle of granola.

                  2. l
                    lrbarbie Oct 11, 2008 12:15 PM

                    Not much i can think of without an oven, other than mixing it into different pasta dishes that u would make on the stove......

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                    1. re: lrbarbie
                      Catskillgirl Oct 11, 2008 12:37 PM

                      I'm actually having some right now. Cooked spaghettini noodles over a heaping tablespoon of ricotta, topped with some grated mozzarella and parmiagiana. Stuck in the microwave for 90 seconds just to warm the pasta and get the cheeses almost melting. Pretty good, but it's the third time in 4 days I've had this for lunch! I miss my oven.

                      1. re: Catskillgirl
                        lrbarbie Oct 11, 2008 12:45 PM

                        what happened to your oven?

                        1. re: lrbarbie
                          Catskillgirl Oct 11, 2008 12:54 PM

                          Sad story of a stove that died. I have a nice electric stove, complete with oven, but need a new 220 outlet to plug it into. Eventually an electrician will get to my house and I'll have a real kitchen again!

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