Homemade ricotta

meatless monday

I had heard that it’s easy to make homemade ricotta cheese, so when I ended up stuck with two extra gallons of milk due to a grocery delivery mishap, the time to try it had arrived.

It was easy. I slowly heated a gallon of milk close to boiling (200 degrees F). I used 1% milk, but afraid it wouldn’t work right with low-fat milk, I replaced one cup of it with half and half. Once it hit the right temperature, I took it off the heat and stirred in 3/4 cups of white distilled vinegar and a little salt.

I let it sit for about 15 minutes, and thick curds formed. I strained it through a pillowcase-lined colander and let it drain for about 30 minutes. (The whey that drains out can be used in baking recipes.)

Making homemade ricotta

For Meatless Monday, I made a quick sauce using the ricotta, some leftover broccoli, diced tomatoes, and garlic, and I served it with whole wheat pasta. (I loosely based it on this recipe: Broccoli ricotta pasta.)

Pasta with homemade ricotta and broccoli

Later in the week, I am going to use the rest of the homemade ricotta in a baked ziti dish.

Just one extra gallon of milk to use up. Maybe homemade ice cream?

About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.
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8 Responses to Homemade ricotta

  1. Karen says:

    That looks beautiful, and delicious. I’ve never tried to make any type of homemade cheese. The Ricotta sounds pretty easy. Was it? Did it taste good?
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    • Marcy says:

      It was easier than I thought it would be–nothing to it, really. It was pretty good. I am sure it would have been creamier with whole milk, but it was good in the sauce.

  2. Adelien says:

    The Ricotta is tempting I can say. I wish I could make it. Wondering how it tastes. Will go around your blog. Thanks for sharing.
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  3. Terra Heck says:

    That looks really good!
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  5. Ooooh YUMMY! 😛
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