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Easy Homemade Ricotta Cheese

You guys, you won’t believe how easy ricotta cheese is to make at home.  It uses three simple ingredients and it’s ready in under 30 minutes. That’s it.

Lisa's Dinnertime Dish: Easy Homemade Ricotta Cheese

I found this recipe in an issue of Rachael Ray Everyday and it truly was so simple and it tastes great.  Plus I love that I know exactly what’s in it, milk, buttermilk and salt, pretty simple, right?

Lisa's Dinnertime Dish: Easy Homemade Ricotta Cheese

To make the ricotta, all you do is bring the ingredients to a boil, cook it for a couple of minutes at a lower temperature, let it sit for a little while and then strain it.  You’ve now made your own cheese without even breaking a sweat!

This ricotta cheese will keep in your fridge for up to 5 days and is great to use in anything you’d use store bought ricotta in.  I’m thinking lasagna….

Lisa's Dinnertime Dish: Easy Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Yield: makes about 6 oz

Easy Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Easy Homemade Ricotta Cheese


  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Combine ingredients in a large pot (I recommend using at least a 5 quart pot).
  • Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring constantly.
  • Reduce heat to low, stop stirring and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 10 minutes.
  • Line a colander with several layers of cheesecloth or a clean, cotton kitchen towel.
  • Carefully transfer the curds into the colander and let drain for 1 minute.
  • Keep refrigerated for up to 5 days.

  • ENJOY!


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