Ricotta recipes

Ricotta is a smooth Italian cheese known for its creamy mild taste and works well in both sweet or savoury dishes. Check out our collection of our favourite healthy ricotta cheese recipes.
Published 28 June 2022 | Updated 4 August 2023
Bacon and ricotta frittata

Ricotta cheese is a popular Italian cheese that is made from whey, a byproduct of cheese-making. Unlike regular cheese, which is made from curdled milk, ricotta is made by heating whey and adding an acid, such as vinegar or lemon juice. Ricotta cheese has a mild, slightly sweet flavour and a smooth, creamy texture that is perfect for use in both sweet and savoury dishes. It is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of recipes, from lasagna and stuffed shells to cheesecake and cannoli.

Ricotta cheese is a good source of protein, which is essential for building and repairing tissues in the body. Protein can also help you feel fuller for longer. Ricotta cheese is also a good source of calcium, which is important for strong bones and teeth. Calcium also plays a role in muscle function and nerve transmission.

Try a few of these ideas for using ricotta cheese:

  • Pancakes: Add ricotta cheese to pancake batter for fluffy and moist pancakes.
  • Dip: Mix ricotta cheese with herbs and spices for a savoury dip to serve with vegetables or crackers.
  • Cheesecake: Use ricotta cheese in place of cream cheese in cheesecake recipes for a lighter and slightly tangy dessert.

These are just a few ideas for using ricotta cheese. Get creative and experiment with this versatile ingredient in your own recipes or try some of our fave WeightWatchers® ricotta recipes below!