Close-up of Herbed Ricotta Bruschetta
Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Herbed Ricotta Bruschettas

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  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: 6 servings
Who knew it was so easy to make ricotta? I mix it with scallions and fresh herbs like dill and chives—and spread it on toast to serve with a green salad. Homemade ricotta is also good in manicotti for dinner or sweetened with sugar and cocoa powder for a simple Italian dessert.


Homemade Ricotta:


  1. Combine the ricotta, scallions, dill, chives, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. Brush the bread lightly on one side with olive oil, arrange the bread on a sheet pan and bake for 6 to 8 minutes. Allow to cool slightly.
  4. Spread the toasts with the herbed ricotta and garnish with a sprig of dill.

Homemade Ricotta:

Yield: Makes about 2 cups
  1. Set a large sieve over a deep bowl. Dampen 2 layers of cheesecloth with water and line the sieve with the cheesecloth.
  2. Pour the milk and cream into a stainless-steel or enameled pot such as Le Creuset. Stir in the salt. Bring to a full boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Turn off the heat and stir in the vinegar. Allow the mixture to stand for 1 minute until it curdles. It will separate into thick parts (the curds) and milky parts (the whey).
  3. Pour the mixture into the cheesecloth-lined sieve and allow it to drain into the bowl at room temperature for 20 to 25 minutes, occasionally discarding the liquid that collects in the bowl. The longer you let the mixture drain, the thicker the ricotta. (I tend to like mine on the thicker side, but some prefer it moister.) Transfer the ricotta to a bowl, discarding the cheesecloth and any remaining whey. Use immediately or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. The ricotta will keep refrigerated for 4 to 5 days.