Homemade Ricotta

This delicious homemade ricotta recipe is from the new cookbook, "On Top of Spaghetti" by Johanne Killeen and George Germon.

  • Yield: Makes 1 cup
Homemade Ricotta

Source: The Martha Stewart Show


  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt (optional)
  • Juice of 1 lemon


  1. Combine milk, heavy cream, and salt (if using) in a nonreactive heavy bottomed saucepan. Place saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.

  2. Add lemon juice and continue to boil, stirring constantly until curds separate, about 1 minute. It may be necessary to adjust the heat to prevent cream from overflowing.

  3. Pour into a very fine-mesh stainless steel strainer. Place strainer over a bowl that is deep enough for the strainer to sit over and not touch the liquid. Allow cheese to drain for 1 hour in the refrigerator. Discard liquid and transfer ricotta to a covered container. Refrigerate until ready to use, or up to 3 days.


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