Fresh Ricotta Cheese

This simple cheese is easy to make but can be hard to find in stores. We often make this to go in the Pasta with Ricotta and Chard Pan Sauce when we need to use up milk before it spoils.

Fresh Ricotta Cheese

  • Servings: 1/4 cup
  • Difficulty: easy
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From The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt

This makes just enough for the recipe Pasta with Pasta with Ricotta and Chard Pan Sauce but can easily be scaled up.


1 cup Whole Milk (2% should work, but less fat = less cheese)
¼ tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. white vinegar or lemon juice


  1. Prepare your strainer: Use a very fine mesh strainer, or just line a colander with cheesecloth, food-safe paper towels, or a loosely woven towel.
  2. Mix ingredients together in pan and heat on medium-low, stirring frequently. The milk will separate, at about 165°F, into a clear yellowish whey, and the white curd. When this happens, pour over the strainer.
  3. Let the cheese drain for about 5 minutes to use on pasta, or longer to use in baked dishes or frostings. You can discard the whey, or try cooking with it!

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