Homemade Ricotta Cheese Recipe

A few years ago I watched a show on TV about the Brooklyn market. One of the merchant stands in the market was run by a couple of women who made their own ricotta cheese. Ever since then, I’ve been wanting to try to come up with my own homemade ricotta cheese recipe.

Homemade Ricotta Cheese Recipe

Homemade Ricotta Cheese Recipe

I was really surprised at how easy it is to make ricotta cheese. Just four ingredients and some time.

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This recipe calls for whole milk and cream. I’d like to try making it with 2 % milk and no cream, the next time, because this one is on the rich side, but it sure tasted delicious.

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Though store bought ricotta is certainly convenient, like many things in life, sometimes it’s just fun to make from scratch.

Here’s the Recipe:


Homemade Ricotta Cheese Recipe

Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3 cups


  • 2 quarts whole milk
  • 1 c heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  1. Heat milk, cream and salt in a large saucepan until it comes to a boil.
  2. Add lemon juice
  3. Lower heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring to prevent burning to the bottom.
  4. You will notice the curds forming.
  5. Ladle curds into a cheesecloth lined sieve. I used paper towels.
  6. Let sit for about 1 hour and strain.
  7. Place cheese into a container and refrigerate for up to one week.
  8. Throw out the remaining whey.

This homemade ricotta cheese recipe is easy to make. All you need is four ingredients to make it from scratch and it will last for one week in the frig.

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. Nice recipe! Have a lovely day ♥


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