Under 30 Minutes
Chocolate Ricotta Mousse
This chocolate mousse is a slimmed down version of the original that is just as indulgent. Skim ricotta cheese is pureed with cocoa powder to form the base, which is then lightened with beaten egg whites.
- 2 cups part-skim ricotta
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for dusting (optional)
- 2 large egg whites, room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Coarse salt
In a food processor, pulse ricotta and cocoa powder until completely smooth. Transfer mixture to a large bowl.
Place egg whites, sugar, and pinch of salt in a medium heatproof mixing bowl set over (not in) a pot of simmering water. Cook, whisking constantly, until sugar dissolves and mixture is warm to the touch, about 3 minutes. Remove bowl from heat and, using an electric mixer, beat mixture on high until stiff glossy peaks form, about 5 minutes. With a rubber spatula, gently fold egg-white mixture into ricotta mixture until combined. Divide mousse among six glasses or small bowls. Refrigerate until set, 3 hours (or up to 1 day). To serve, lightly dust with cocoa powder if desired.