Did you know you can make your own ricotta cheese at home without all the hassle of a thermometer and cheesecloth? You just need a microwave, some milk, lemon, and salt to make this 5 Minute Homemade Ricotta! Use your homemade ricotta in tonight’s dinner, baked ziti! It doesn’t get much easier than this.
5 Minute Homemade Ricotta
I love using ricotta in my cooking, but I find that I always need to buy way more than I need, and the remainder always ends up going bad before I can use it. I recently learned a way to not only save some money but get exactly as much ricotta as you need…by making it in the microwave! I was hesitant at first, but when I pulled my bowl of milk and lemon juice from the microwave after just 3 minutes, I was astounded to see curdled milk just waiting to be strained into ricotta cheese!
You can use this homemade ricotta virtually anywhere you would use store bought…in lasagna, as a base for pizza or galettes, or even on toast! It’s creamy, savory, slightly zingy, and so delicious. Let’s make store bought ricotta a thing of the past, starting right now!
Making Homemade Ricotta
- In a microwave safe bowl, stir to combine milk, lemon juice or vinegar, and salt.
- Microwave on high for 3 to 5 minutes. When milk is bubbling at the edges and you can see the milk has curdled, remove from the microwave. If milk doesn’t curdle, add another tablespoon of lemon or vinegar and microwave for another 30 seconds,
- Set two layers of paper towels in a wire mesh sieve, and set over a large bowl. Gently pour the milk mixture into the sieve to strain out the liquid.
- You can let your ricotta strain up to 1 hour. The longer it sits, the firmer your ricotta will be, though I like it fresh and warm.
To make 5 Minute Homemade Ricotta you’ll need:
- 2 cups whole milk
- ¼ cup lemon juice or white vinegar
- 1 tsp salt
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You can use this easy homemade ricotta recipe in this ricotta cheese spinach dip for an appetizer everyone will love! And for dessert, serve up this fantastic ricotta cheesecake recipe. Don’t forget to save me some!