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Mar 8, 2010 06:57 AM

Fresh ricotta ideas (no sweets, please)

I have most of a container of fresh ricotta left after making a so-so "pesto" with basil and almonds. I'd like to do something else with it for dinner tonight. Most of the recipes I've seen are for sweets or baked pasta. I was thinking of a fairly light pasta sauce. I also have asparagus, so I'd love ideas for using that, too. I have very little experience with fresh ricotta and I have to admit I find it rather bland. I could use some inspiration.

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  1. Do pancakes count as sweets? There's a recipe for lemon ricotta pancakes floating around online that I've had my eye on.. struck me as very springy. Oh, and this savory tart from David Lebovitz:

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    1. re: maplesugar

      Lemon ricotta pancakes are absolutely fabulous--I have made them regularly since first encountering the recipe about 2 yrs ago. Served with a quick homemade blueberry syrup they are heavenly.

    2. I toss pasta (usually penne) with ricotta, steamed/roasted broccoli, lemon zest, chopped kalamata olives, salt, and pepper. Add a little bit of pasta water to loosen up the 'sauce.' My husband tops this with red pepper flakes and parmesan cheese.

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      1. re: cheesecake17

        That's the kind of thing I'm looking for, thanks. I do have kalamata olives. Lemon zest is a good idea, too.

        1. re: Glencora

          Just saw that you have asparagus- you can prob use that instead of broccoli

      2. not exactly what you're looking for perhaps, but we *love* this ricotta bread recipe:

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        1. re: kazhound

          This sounds good--I might give it a try and add marsala soaked raisins to it. Thanks for posting it.

        2. There is an excellent recipe for spinach gnudi on Martha Stewart's site -- dough is mostly ricotta and topped with brown butter and sage. Here's a ricotta and braised kale pasta recipe:

          1. i like to make pizza bianca with ricotta. Instead of using a red sauce, spread ricotta/parmesan/mozzarella mix onto the pizza crust and bake. Once out of the oven, top with arugula that is drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and sprinkled with salt and pepper. MMmmm!