Herbed Ricotta Souffle

Photo: Hans Gissinger

The French classic goes fuss-free (and tres light), with fresh ricotta providing creaminess rather than traditional bechamel sauce.


  • Unsalted butter, for dish

  • All-purpose flour, for dish

  • 1 ½ cups part-skim ricotta

  • 4 large eggs, separated

  • ½ teaspoons coarse salt

  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped basil

  • 2 tablespoons freshly minced chives

  • Ground black pepper


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees and position rack in lower third. Butter a one-quart casserole dish and dust with flour, shaking out excess. In a bowl, whisk ricotta, egg yolks, salt, and herbs. Season with pepper. In a separate bowl, whisk whites until stiff peaks form. Working in two batches, gently fold whites with a large rubber spatula into ricotta mixture until just combined.

  2. Pour mixture into prepared dish and bake until puffed, golden brown, and firm to the touch, 30 to 32 minutes.

Cook's Notes

Beat whites with a balloon whisk (for more air per stroke) or a mixer with a whisk attachment. For maximum volume when whipping the whites, use room-temperature eggs.

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