Ricotta Recipes To Make All Year Long

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Ricotta is one of those ingredients that's impressively versatile. From appetizer to pasta to dessert, this creamy cheese is as adaptable as it delicious. Ricotta can make a basic dinner dish exciting; it can transform your pancakes into something delightfully light and fluffy; it can also turn into melt-in-your-mouth Italian dumplings that you can't stop eating. As unassuming as ricotta is, it really has a lot of tricks up its sleeve.

Surprisingly, this Italian cheese is also easy to make at home. (And we have the recipe from one of the best Italian restaurants in NYC, il bucco alimentaria.) If you're not up for the challenge, or just don't have the time, go buy yourself a tub and make these recipes below. You will be happy you did, promise.

Here are 30 times ricotta made recipes (and life) so much better.

1
Fried Ricotta With Mushrooms And Radishes
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2
Chocolate Fudge Swirled Lemon Ricotta Tart
Half Baked Harvest
3
Marinated Kale And Whipped Ricotta Pizza
How Sweet It Is
4
Baked Sweet Ricotta With Fruits And Honey
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5
Chorizo, Ricotta And Greens Rolled In French Dough
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6
Pear And Ricotta Crostini With Honey And Thyme
The Pig And Quill
7
Zucchini, Ricotta And Paprika Stuffed Squash Blossoms
Adventures in Cooking
8
Ginger, Ricotta Pea Sandwiches
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9
Spinach And Artichoke Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Foodie Crush
10
Sweet Balsamic Strawberries With Whipped Ricotta Cream
Half Baked Harvest
11
Coffee Crepes With Ricotta And Cherry Syrup
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12
Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lasagna Soup
Foodie Crush
13
Buttermilk Ricotta Pancakes
Half Baked Harvest
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14
Parmesan, Ricotta And Spaghetti Squash Fritters
The Pig And Quill
15
Brussels Sprouts Lasagna
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16
Sautéed Swiss Chard With Ricotta And Marjoram Medallions
Adventures in Cooking
17
Lemon Ricotta Cheese Stuffed French Toast Crepes
Half Baked Harvest
18
Peach, Basil And Ricotta Flatbread
Cookie + Kate
19
Orange Ricotta Poundcake
Baked Bree
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20
Cinnamon And Sugar Ricotta Fritters
A Cozy Kitchen
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21
Grilled Kale Salad With Ricotta And Plums
The Bitten Word
22
Ricotta Pine Nut And Fig Tartlettes
At Down Under
23
Marinated Cherry Tomatoes With Whipped Ricotta On Sourdough
Simply Delicious
24
Ricotta Ice Cream With Roasted Strawberries
Sinfully Spicy
25
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
Half Baked Harvest
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26
Asparagus Ricotta Tart
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27
Ice Cream Cone Cannoli
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28
Herby Pea And Ricotta Tart
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29
Prosciutto And Ricotta Crostini With Honey
Steamy Kitchen
30
Coconut-Lime Ricotta Cookies
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