Easy Ricotta Recipes

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A kitchen essential in southern Italy, where it's a by-product of mozzarella-making, handcrafted ricotta now is in demand at gourmet stores and farmers' markets. Spoon it on berries, add as a finishing touch to pasta, put a dollop in soup -- and enjoy its wholesome goodness. Try making one of these super simple ricotta recipes tonight.

SWEET

1. Berries
Stir fresh raspberries or blueberries, crunchy granola, and maple syrup into fresh ricotta for a delicious breakfast treat.

2. Cantaloupe
Make a salad of cubed cantaloupe, fresh mint, olive oil, flaky sea salt, and firm ricotta.

3. Stone Fruit
Sprinkle nectarine or plum slices with brown sugar and grill until soft and juicy. Serve with a dollop of soft ricotta.


SAVORY

1. Eggplant
Dice and sauté with lemon zest, salt, and olive oil, then toss with freshly cooked pasta and crumbly ricotta.

2. Bell Pepper
Stir fresh pesto into soft ricotta and serve as a dip with thin strips of red and yellow peppers.

3. Onion
Caramelize thinly sliced onions with olive oil, thyme, and salt over low heat. Use the caramelized onions on thin slices of toasted country bread topped with ricotta.

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