Fresh ricotta

  • Time cooking time: 15-20 min
  • Yield serves 8


    4 cups whole milk
    1 cup 35 per cent cream
    ½ tsp salt
    3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

    Crusty bread
    Extra-virgin olive oil


    1. Stir milk, cream and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally to avoid scorching. This will take about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice. Let stand, without stirring, for 5 to 8 minutes until mixture separates.

    2. Line a colander with 5 layers of cheesecloth. Place lined colander over a bowl so excess liquid can drain. Pour mixture into lined colander and let stand for 1 hour. Transfer ricotta to a serving dish or container. If making ahead, ricotta will keep well, covered and refrigerated, for up to 3 days. Serve with crusty bread and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil.
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