Find Out Which Is The Best Substitute For Ricotta Cheese

Ricotta cheese can be used all year-round that is why people are always looking for alternatives for this type of cheese.

We are all going to be listing down some ricotta cheese substitute just for you so sit back and let’s start listing.

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Substitute for Ricotta Cheese

ABOUT RICOTTA

Ricotta cheese is technically NOT A CHEESE, it is actually a creamy curd that is literally cooked twice and that is where “ricotta” came from meaning “recooked”.

Cows, goats and Italian water buffalos are the sources of ricotta but the best ricotta is made from sheep’s milk (like feta cheese).

When making regular cheese, there is leftover hot whey of milk and it leaves milk solids which have albumin that is the one that solidifies under high heat.

Ricotta is made from that when the albumin is re-cooked and the skimmed off.

How to Make Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese Via Food Farmer Earth

WHERE CAN I USE RICOTTA CHEESE?

Cheesecake

Ricotta is commonly used in desserts and one of them is this. It can also be used on cookies and other sweet treats.

Pasta

Ricotta makes pasta even more delicious, specifically Spaghetti Marinara. It makes this certain pasta richer and creamier just by adding 1 cup of ricotta mixed with fresh basil. And of course, it is perfect for lasagne and cannoli.

Pasta Via neuromed

Toasts

Toasts Via djibnet

you can also add ricotta cheese on your favorite toasts. Whether it has fruits, vegetables even chocolate. They’re all a perfect combination.

Salad

Salad Via saladbarmn

if you are looking for a healthy way to eat ricotta then there isn’t anyway but put it on a salad. You can try this fruity treat that as watermelon, avocado and of course ricotta.

The crunchiness of the fruits contrasts the creaminess of the ricotta just the way it is supposed to be

HOW DO I CHOOSE THE PERFECT RICOTTA?

The first thing you have to remember is that the ricotta should be firm but not definitely solid. A good ricotta should also be moist and neither salted or ripened.

ALTERNATIVES FOR RICOTTA CHEESE

Greek Yogurt

Greek Yogurt

if you ran out of ricotta and would love to have it on your toast, you can simply use Greek yogurt as an alternative.

All you need to do is strain the yogurt to its right consistency because this is more liquid than the ricotta. You can strain it using a paper coffee filter for best results.

How to Make Greek Yogurt Via Cultures for Health

Pot Cheese

Pot Cheese Via dreamstime

You can also try this dry curd type of cottage cheese to replace for ricotta but it is a little drier and more firm than ricotta, it may need a little more moisture by adding a dash or two of cream.

Pot Cheese - Twarozek - Recipe #79 Via Ania's Kitchen

Mascarpone

Mascarpone

Can be a ricotta alternative as well especially for desserts like cheesecake since it has that yummy and buttery cow’s milk cheese.

How to make Mascarpone Cheese Via madhurasrecipe

Crumbled Tofu (Vegan Substitute)

Crumbled Tofu Via leaf

Unfortunately, you can’t really achieve that creamy melting cheese since when you use tofu, it will only look like ricotta but will never taste like ricotta, although you can spice it up with some herbs if you want.

Soy Yogurt

Soy Yogurt

You can use this if you want it as a dip instead of ricotta.

Home made Soy Yogurt Via Peaceful Cuisine

COTTAGE VS RICOTTA: What is the difference of Cottage and Ricotta?

Cottage and Ricotta cheese are often each other’s alternatives most commonly when cooking Lasagne since there are layers and it will be hard to tell which cheese actually has been used.

COTTAGE

RICOTTA

It is made from milk curds

It is made from milk whey

Has a lumpy texture

Soft, moist and has a grainy texture

The best cottage cheese are made from cow

The best cottage cheese are made from sheep

Cottage cheese can be considered in making lasagne

Ricotta cheese can be considered in making lasagne

This type of cheese is considered to be milky and creamy with saltiness into it with chunky wetness texture

This type of cheese is considered to be sweet and creamy and much smoother.

RICOTTA CHEESE NUTRITION FACTS

Ricotta Cheese Type

Serving Size

Calories

Total Fat

Saturated Fat

Cholesterol

Whole Milk

1 CUP

428

32g

20g

125mg

Part Skim Milk

1 CUP

339

19.5g

12g

244mg

Home Made Ricotta Cheese Via OnePotChefShow

COTTAGE CHEESE NUTRITION FACTS

Cottage Cheese Type

Serving Size

Calories

Total Fat

Saturated Fat

Cholesterol

Non-fat uncreamed

1 CUP

104

42g

245g

4mg

Low-fat

1 CUP

163

2.31

1.45g

9mg

How to Make Homemade Cottage Cheese Via Poppyjuice

  • DID YOU KNOW? The original ricotta cheese is actually made of whey with some added milk but in the US, the ricotta cheese is typically made of whole milk and is known by the name ricotta one.

What to do with leftover ricotta cheese?

We often use almost half of everything and end up not knowing what to do with its leftovers. Same goes with leftover ricotta cheese, here are some tips on what to do with them.

Ricotta on a Sundae

Dessert with fresh strawberry

A scoop of ricotta is perfect for any dessert you mix it with especially with fruits like strawberries. If you try to drizzle it with honey then it is just simply perfection.

Ricotta Pizza

Gluten-Free Mushroom and Ricotta Pizza Via foodnetwork

If you have more than a cup of ricotta, instead of just putting it on top of the pizza, why not try to put it as a base of the raw pizza dough then put the toppings.

It will make it more delicious and you can still add mozzarella on top making it cheese base and cheese top.​ Also, make sure you use scissors (kitchen shears) or a pizza cutter to make really thin crust. What a great way to make a pizza!

Ricotta Eggs

SOFT SCRAMBLED EGGS WITH FRESH RICOTTA AND CHIVES Via epicurious

Ricotta eggs or basically just ricotta mixed in scrambled eggs. It will add a hint of sweetness into that perfect breakfast egg which will make it creamier and fluffier.

With a variety of uses of ricotta cheese, you can basically put it on anything which makes it even tastier. And even if you don’t have ricotta, you can manage to substitute it with other cheese and even tofu for vegans. It is a very versatile kind of food.

I hope I helped you out when it comes to ricotta. Leave a comment and tell us which ricotta alternative suited you the most.

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Read Also: Can You Freeze Ricotta Cheese?

Lita Watson
 

Hi there! I’m Lita, and I’m absolutely in love with cooking blogs. I’m a beginner in cooking and i try my best to make it quick and easy. Even though, it’s not always quick and easy to keep up with fancy dinners… so i keep learning and blogging about quick and easy ways to create delicious and yummy foods for my two kids and a wonderful husband.

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