Fresh Ricotta Cheese Recipe

How To Make Creamy Fresh Ricotta Cheese with just 4 Ingredients on ASpicyPerspective.comWe’re celebrating National Dairy Month with a rich creamy Fresh Ricotta Cheese Recipe made with just four wholesome ingredients!

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That’s right, June is National Dairy Month. A month long celebration of creamy dreamy dairy goodness in all its glorious forms. Milk is one of the most versatile ingredients available and can be used in many dishes, from decadent desserts to balanced snacks. And with nine essential nutrients including eight grams of high-quality protein in each 8-ounce glass, milk makes a nutritious and delicious treat that can be enjoyed both in recipes and on its own.

In the summertime we love to make homemade ice cream, pudding pops, and all sorts of dazzling dairy treats. Yet, there’s something else I love to make just as much, and serve with fresh summer berries…. My homemade Ricotta Cheese Recipe!

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Most people would never attempt to make their own cheese at home.

But you… You are not most people.

You are adventurous.


An appreciator of fine things.

An ambassador of flavor.

Plus, you know a little secret about cheese making that others don’t. Or at least you are about to.

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This Fresh Ricotta Cheese Recipe is not only the simplest cheese recipe on earth, requiring no special ingredients or equipment. I believe it to be one of the simplest recipes you’ll ever make, period.

With only four everyday ingredients: Milk, Cream, Lemon Juice, and Salt, you can make the most amazingly decadent ricotta cheese recipe, that will put the store-bought versions to shame. It’s silky, spreadable, and completely irresistible served on crackers, bread, or as a dip with veggies.

Plus you can make your ricotta cheese recipe with organic dairy products, or even reduced fat dairy to suit your dietary needs. All milk, including fat free or low-fat milk, packs the same nutrient-rich punch.

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How to Make: Ricotta Cheese Recipe

To make a fresh ricotta cheese recipe at home, simply bring milk and cream to a boil in a large stockpot.

Once the milk comes to a boil, remove the pot from the heat source and stir in lemon juice and salt. The acidity in the lemon juice causes the scalded milk to curdle into tiny cheese particles.

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Allow the milk to curdle for several minutes, then pour the mixture into a sieve lined with cheese cloth sitting over a bowl.

The sieve (colander) will strain out the whey, leaving the fresh cheese curds up top. It takes time to reach the right consistency… About an hour for really loose ricotta cheese, and two hours for something a little more spreadable.

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Like this…

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Yet it’s worth the wait.

Homemade ricotta cheese is something special. A cheese you can easily add to pastas, rice dishes, or even over a salad to offer a little creamy goodness with nutrients you need like calcium and protein.

I like to keep a container of our freshly made ricotta cheese recipe in the fridge at all times, to serve as a quick snack or a garnish that elevates any dish to the next level.

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Fresh Ricotta Cheese Recipe

Yield: about 2 cups

Prep Time:15 minutes (active time)

Cook Time:5 minutes

5 / 5 (5 Reviews)
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Creamy Fresh Ricotta Cheese Recipe made with just four simple ingredients! The easiest cheese recipe ever.


  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 – 2 teaspoons sea salt


  1. Pour the milk and cream into a large stock pot. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. The moment the milk comes to a boil, remove it from the burner.
  2. Stir in the lemon juice and salt. (I like my fresh ricotta cheese salty and use 2 teaspoons of sea salt, but use less if you like.) Allow the mixture to sit and curdle for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, place a large sieve over a large bowl. Line the sieve with 3-4 layers of cheese cloth. Pour the curdled milk into the prepared sieve and wait.
  4. Allow the ricotta to drain, separating the curds and whey, for about two hours. Then scoop the thickened ricotta into an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to serve.

NOTE: This ricotta cheese recipe is ultra rich and luxurious because of the creamy whole milk and heavy cream. You can however substitute 6 cups of whole milk, and skip the heavy cream. Or even use low-fat milk!

Nutrition Information

Yield: about 2 cups, Serving Size: 16

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 89 Calories
  • Total Fat: 7.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.6g
  • Cholesterol: 27mg
  • Sodium: 206mg
  • Carbohydrates: 3.3g
  • Sugar: 3.3g
  • Protein: 2.3g
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The National Milk Life Campaign. All opinions are my own.

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20 comments on “Fresh Ricotta Cheese Recipe

  1. Yvetteposted May 13, 2019 at 12:24 am Reply

    I just made it and the cheese was rich and delicious.  Very easy to make!!  Great recipe, will definitely make again.

    Rating: 5
    • Sommer Collierposted May 14, 2019 at 10:01 am Reply

      Hi Yvette,

      I’m so very glad you liked it! :)

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  3. Karenposted April 21, 2019 at 3:19 pm Reply

    This looks great. I have a stupid question… Will the Ricotta be the stuff that drains thru or the stuff that is on top?

    • Sommer Collierposted April 22, 2019 at 1:20 pm Reply

      Hi Karen!

      The ricotta stays on top in the colander. :)

  4. Sarahposted March 5, 2019 at 3:36 pm Reply

    Oh MAMA, this is the BEST RICOTTA recipe ever. Wasn’t sure I’d heated milk/cream mixture enough but sieved it, and put it in the fridge overnight. This morning? Voila! Beautifully thick ricotta for breakfast.
    Added an egg, some Swerve, mixed and added blackberries and strawberries. The perfect Keto breakfast.

    Rating: 5
  5. Judiposted December 14, 2018 at 8:39 am Reply

    Please tell me how long this can be stored in refrigerator.

    • Sommer Collierposted December 19, 2018 at 5:37 pm Reply

      Hi Judi,

      It will last about a week. :)

  6. sunnyposted August 14, 2017 at 9:36 am Reply

    your image are so tempting that being a guy it made me to try cooking such stuff at home..

    Rating: 5
  7. Lita Watsonposted June 18, 2017 at 3:04 am Reply

    Will it be fine if i use vinegar to make the cheese instead of using lemon juice? If yes, how much cup of vinegar is used for this recipe?

    • Sommerposted June 18, 2017 at 5:06 pm Reply

      Hi Lita!

      Yes, you can definitely substitute vinegar. If it’s just white vinegar, use an equal amount. :)

  8. Kristiposted August 2, 2016 at 1:41 pm Reply

    By cream, do you mean heavy cream? Sorry if that’s a dumb question but I’ve never made cheese but that is the only thing that came to mind when I read cream. 

  9. Lirenposted June 30, 2015 at 8:14 pm Reply

    This has been on my list to do for SO long! I love how easy you make it!

  10. Lisa Grantposted June 30, 2015 at 2:52 pm Reply

    I love good ricotta cheese! I gotta try this at home!

  11. amandaposted June 27, 2015 at 10:57 pm Reply

    LOVE this!

    Rating: 5
  12. Gabyposted June 26, 2015 at 4:19 pm Reply

    I mean….I love cheese! Sign me up!! 

  13. Mariaposted June 26, 2015 at 2:10 pm Reply

    Everything homemade is better! Looks great!

  14. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keepsposted June 26, 2015 at 11:08 am Reply

    There is nothing NOTHING like homemade fresh ricotta cheese. I don’t think people realize how easy it is! Looks awesome! 

    Rating: 5
  15. Sandy @ REposted June 26, 2015 at 10:20 am Reply

    There is nothing like fresh ricotta! Thanks for the easy steps to make this, Sommer! Looks divine!

  16. [email protected]posted June 26, 2015 at 7:08 am Reply

    I’ve always wanted to try this at home! Thanks for sharing!