In the Kitchen

The Simplest Way to Make Homemade Ricotta

Fun to make at home—and easier than you think!—this soft, versatile cheese will elevate any dish and impress your dinner guests. Featured in a couple of recent Plated recipes—like Fusilli Pasta with Pesto Rosso and Fresh Ricotta—this simple method for making ricotta is a must-have addition to your culinary arsenal. Adapted from the Plated cookbook, this recipe requires only two ingredients (and one cheesecloth).

Check out our Facebook Live below to see the ricotta-making in action—then start making your own at home!

1 cheesecloth

2 pints whole milk
¼ cup white vinegar

1. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, whisk together milk, vinegar, and ½ teaspoon salt. Microwave until cheese curds form and separate from liquid, 7–9 minutes.

2. Carefully pour ricotta mixture through cheesecloth into bowl, allowing liquids to fall through and solids to remain. Allow to sit and drain for 5 minutes. Wring out cheesecloth, removing excess moisture from cheese, then place ricotta in a small bowl and fluff with a fork.

3. Allow to sit before you dig in!


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