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Homemade Ricotta

Posted on 20 August 2018

Amoretti Recipe: Homemade Ricotta

Ricotta cheese is incredibly versatile in the world of cooking; it is a wonderfully creamy addition to many savory and sweet dishes. Although, we've been known to eat it straight from the fridge with a spoon, it's that good! Makes about 2 cups.

Everything we need to make Amoretti's Homemade Ricotta

Ricotta may be one of the simplest recipes ever, here's everything we need to make our fresh cheese: whole milk, cream, salt, Meyer Lemon Extract, and fresh lemon juice. Let's get started!

Amoretti Recipe: Homemade Ricotta. Pouring milk and cream in saucepan.

We'll begin by combining milk, cream, salt, and Meyer Lemon Extract in a medium saucepan.

Amoretti Recipe: Homemade Ricotta. Simmer milk mixture.

Bring to a simmer over medium heat. We know this goes against everything you've ever heard, just breathe through it with us. Remember, we want the milk to curdle this time.

Amoretti Recipe: Homemade Ricotta. Adding lemon juice.

Once the milk and cream are simmering, we'll add the lemon juice. Now things get really exciting! Stir constantly for 2 minutes and then...

Amoretti Recipe: Homemade Ricotta. Straining fresh ricotta.

Strain through a fine-mesh sieve lined with several layers of cheesecloth. It looks kind of weird at this point but hang in there, it's about to be cheese!

Amoretti Recipe: Homemade Ricotta. Fresh ricotta cheese.

Here's the full recipe!


  • large strainer lined with 2-4 layers of cheesecloth


  1. Combine milk, cream, salt, and Meyer Lemon Extract in a pot.
  2. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  3. Turn heat to low, add lemon juice, and stir continuously for 2 minutes.
  4. Immediately remove from heat and pour through cheesecloth-lined strainer.
  5. Allow to drain for about 30 minutes and cool to room temperature.
  6. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
  • Ricotta makes a delicious breakfast treat when simply mixed with fresh fruit and dolloped on a waffle or wrapped in a crepe.
  • Mixed with fresh herbs and spices, ricotta is a great addition to a crudité and charcuterie spread.
  • Use ricotta for traditional pasta dishes including manicotti or ravioli filling and lasagna, or add it to the egg mixture of a quiche to add some depth.
  • Make our Pea and Ricotta Spread! It's fabulous spread on crostini with prosciutto or swirled through warm pasta under a dusting of parmesan.
Amoretti Homemade Ricotta Recipe

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