Homemade Ricotta Cheese is surprisingly easy to make, only requiring 4 simple ingredients and 20 minutes of time. And tastes a million times better than store bought!
Prep Time: 5mins
Cook Time: 2mins
Total Time: 17mins
Servings: 6(1 cup total)
1cupheavy whipping cream
3tablespoonsfresh squeezed, strained lemon juice
1 1/2teaspoonskosher salt
Without stirring, pour all of the ingredients in a small heavy-bottom stainless steel saucepan; bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and set the saucepan aside until the mixture cools slightly, 5-10 minutes. (You’ll see the mixture separating into curds.)
Line a strainer (or colander) with cheesecloth and place in a deep bowl (or in the sink.) Very gently scoop the curds out of the saucepan (don’t pour! which will break up the curds) and into the strainer to drain.
That’s it! Serve warm or chill for later.NOTE: We've got a lot of recipes with ricotta cheese. Refer to the article for over 15 suggestions of how to use it!
What if I don't have a cheesecloth? If you don't have a cheesecloth, 2 layered coffee filters does the trick, too!Don't discard the liquid/whey. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of liquid to get a mere 1 cup of product. But don’t waste it. Use the reserved liquid (whey) to replace water or milk in any yeast bread recipe, and also for cooking rice or pasta!What to make with ricotta cheese? We've got a lot of recipes with ricotta cheese. Refer to the article for over 15 suggestions!
Nutritional information given is an automatic calculation and can vary based on the exact products you use and any changes you make to the recipe. If these numbers are very important to you, I would recommend calculating them yourself.