What Are Some Fun Ways to Use Ricotta Cheese?

What Are Some Fun Ways to Use Ricotta Cheese?

Add ricotta cheese to scrambled eggs to make them light and fluffy, and for a delicious sundae, scoop ricotta into a bowl and add raspberries, sliced strawberries with honey or blackberries sprinkled with brown sugar. Spread ricotta on toast and add a drizzle of honey for a breakfast treat.

Ricotta cheese can also enhance savory foods. To make a cheesy noodle bake, cook 1 pound of ziti noodles until al dente, drain, and set aside. Meanwhile, brown 1 pound of turkey sausage, casings removed, and 1 chopped onion in a large skillet, breaking the sausage into smaller pieces as it cooks. Add a 28-ounce can of chopped tomatoes, 1 cup of pesto, garlic flakes, salt, pepper and Italian seasonings to taste. Simmer 12 minutes, add 9 ounces of baby spinach, and cook for 2 additional minutes.

As the skillet mixture finishes cooking, mix a 15-ounce container of ricotta cheese, 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese and 1 1/4 cups of Parmesan cheese. Pour the cooked noodles into a lightly oiled 9 by 13-inch baking pan, spoon the ricotta mixture over the noodles, and spread the tomato sauce over the top. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella and 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan over the top, and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes or until the top is golden brown.