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Amazing things to do with my homemade ricotta

magiesmom Dec 26, 2010 08:27 AM

Please give me your favorite uses for this marvelous food of which I just made a big batch. I am interested in things other than lasagna, stuffed pastas, calzones.
Two of my favorites are Smitten Kitchens lemon ricotta pancakes and coffee ricotta mousse.
What do you love?

  1. BernalKC Jun 27, 2011 09:48 AM

    A simple, hearty favorite of mine is pasta with spinach and ricotta. For some reason I can't find a recipe that matches how i do it - the ones I'm seeing go for a creamy cheese sauce but I like mine with the cheese almost crumbled in, not melted - so here's from memory:

    Optionally, Heat the oven to 400 and grease a baking dish. This dish can be served directly after assembly or baked 5-15 minutes which makes it a flexible
    Cook 1# pasta -- penne or fusili are my choices
    Saute 1# fresh spinach with salt and plenty of garlic. Don't overcook either the spinach or the garlic. If you like garlic, use plenty and keep it pungent! Drain excess liquids.
    Combine 8oz ricotta with 1/2c grated parmigiana. Add black pepper to taste. If you're baking it for the full 15, you can add an egg.
    Drain pasta.
    Hit it with a dose of EVOO.
    Toss with spinach.
    Fold in cheese.
    Either serve right away, or put in baking dish, cover and bake for 5-15.

    1. chowser Jun 27, 2011 08:01 AM

      Since berries are in season, this whipped ricotta with honey is refreshing in the heat.


      For savory, I love torta rustica:


      I vary the type of crust and the filling but a good ricotta makes all the difference.

      1. goodhealthgourmet Dec 26, 2010 09:21 AM

        +1 on all the suggestions so far, plus *straight up* for breakfast, drizzled with a little agave or maple syrup and sprinkled with chopped toasted nuts (and maybe a little cinnamon). mmm....

        1. hotoynoodle Dec 26, 2010 08:50 AM



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          1. re: hotoynoodle
            chefathome Dec 26, 2010 08:53 AM

            Man, I knew I was forgetting something major! GNUDI! Hotoynoodle, that looks like a killer recipe. I was going to make gnudi this week anyway so will definitely be making this.

            1. re: chefathome
              hotoynoodle Dec 26, 2010 08:59 AM

              i've made them a few times and wow are they good. i have also folded in extremely well drained chopped spinach and those look more appealing on the plate.

              1. re: hotoynoodle
                chefathome Dec 26, 2010 09:14 AM

                It truly looks like one of the best gnudi recipes I've seen and I've seen tons. I cannot wait! I imagine spinach would be wonderful, as would a bit of arugula. Hmmm...there are so many delicious possibilities. Thanks for sharing!

              2. re: chefathome
                magiesmom Dec 26, 2010 09:12 AM

                holy gnudi!

              3. re: hotoynoodle
                Pistou Jun 26, 2011 08:52 PM

                Made these for dinner for 9 last night, and they were fantastic! I put them together the night before, and just pulled them out of the fridge and tossed them about 6 at a time into the boiling water. They were cooked in a flash and a huge hit! The burying in semolina thing is pure genius. I will definitely be playing with new ingredients for this technique.

              4. b
                Brock Lee Robb Dec 26, 2010 08:42 AM

                Ricotta pie, which is like cheesecake, except different.

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                1. re: Brock Lee Robb
                  chowser Jun 27, 2011 08:03 AM

                  Oh yeah, I love sicilian cheesecake, for a dessert, or ricotta pie, for a savory dish. Good thought!

                2. c
                  chefathome Dec 26, 2010 08:41 AM

                  Mmm...homemade ricotta is a rather wonderful thing! Other than stuffed pasta I love using it in cannoli with pistachios. And it is amazing spread on grilled rustic bread onto which you scatter toasted pecans and drizzle with chestnut honey and fresh green olive oil. It's also great mixed with an excellent olive oil and just served as a condiment. Mushroom tart with ricotta and puff pastry (or even phyllo) is another yummy idea. Lemon ricotta pancakes are also very good.

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                  1. re: chefathome
                    IndyGirl Jun 26, 2011 08:58 PM

                    Was just going to suggest cannoli. Yum!!!

                    1. re: chefathome
                      biondanonima Jun 27, 2011 08:18 AM

                      Yes, I love it spread on bread or as a tart filling. Top with roasted cherry tomatoes and fresh pesto, it's food of the Gods! It also makes a very nice pasta sauce if you toss it with hot pasta and enough pasta cooking water to thin it a bit, plus whatever other ingredients you like to flavor it.

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