Best Whipped Ricotta (No-Cook 5 Minute Recipe) – Start with this fabulously easy recipe for tangy, creamy, and dreamy whipped ricotta dip, then add your favorite sweet or savory toppings!

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Why We Love Whipped Ricotta

If there was ever an easier or dreamier dip you could make, I can’t imagine what it would be. Whipped Ricotta is the most wonderful decadent creamy dip to serve as either a sweet or savory snack!

Here we first show you how to make the simple recipe of whipped ricotta with just ricotta cheese, a splash of heavy cream, and a little bit of lemon zest…

Plate with bowl of whipped ricotta dip, surrounded by slices of baguette.

Then top it with anything you like! Keep reading for some tasty suggestions you’ll love.

Either way, it’s delicious with baguettes, chips, crackers, fruit, and veggies as a unique appetizer or snack!

4 Ingredients For Whipped Ricotta Recipe

  • Whole milk ricotta cheese – store-bought or homemade ricotta
  • Heavy whipping cream – for just the right silky texture and rich flavor
  • Lemon – fresh zest (save the lemon juice for another use)
  • Salt – a pinch to taste
Recipe ingredients: Heavy cream, tub of ricotta cheese, whole lemon.

How to Make Whipped Ricotta Cheese Dip

Set out a mixing bowl and a hand mixer. (This can also be done in a food processor.) Measure the ricotta cheese, heavy cream, lemon zest, and a pinch of salt into the bowl.

Using a zester to zest lemon into the white mixing bowl.

Whip on high speed until the mixture is very smooth and thick.

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White mixing bowl with whipped ricotta, with handheld electric mixer set next to the bowl.

Pro Tip: Take care to not over-mix – you want the dip to be creamy, but not pourable.

Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

White spatula showing a scoop of creamy ricotta to camera, with white bowl of whipped cheese in the background.

When you’re ready to enjoy, scoop the whipped ricotta into a serving bowl.

Whipped ricotta dip served in a white bowl, on a plate surrounded by toasted baguette slices.

Then sprinkle anything you like over the top as a garnish. Here I’m using a drizzle of honey and crushed red pepper. Heaven!

Bowl of whipped ricotta surrounded by slices of baguette, arranged around the ricotta like flower petals.

What to Serve with Whipped Ricotta

You can choose to go with savory or sweet toppings! Or use a combo of both, like honey, fried rosemary leaves, and crushed red pepper flakes as I have shown here.

For other savory toppings try…

  • Minced or roasted garlic
  • Fresh herbs like rosemary, basil, thyme, dill, chives, parsley, or mint (Or flash-fried herbs!)
  • Everything bagel seasoning, or other seasoning blends for some extra flavor and texture
  • Black pepper, red pepper, or cayenne pepper
  • Pickled peppers or jalapenos
  • Roasted tomatoes

To go in more of a sweet topping direction, consider adding other goodies like…

  • Honey or maple syrup
  • Chocolate sauce or caramel sauce
  • Mini chocolate chips or chocolate shavings
  • Fresh berries on top just before serving
  • Chopped nuts with a sweet addition

Pair the rich whipped ricotta recipe with your favorite dippers. We love serving alongside…

  • Crispy slices of baguette toast or crostini
  • Crunchy chips
  • Crackers
  • Fresh-cut veggies or fruit – Hearty types of produce like carrot sticks and whole strawberries are best for scooping.
Plate with bowl of whipped ricotta dip, surrounded by slices of baguette.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does whipped ricotta taste like?

Ricotta has a rather mild, lightly tangy flavor. Adding lemon zest makes the dip bright but not tart. And combined with heavy cream, the texture of whipped ricotta is perfectly smooth and rich.

Why is my whipped ricotta so runny?

This is likely due to over-whipping the ricotta. You want to blend it well with the cream, but not go so heavy that the mixture begins to liquify.

How long do leftovers last?

Transfer the ricotta to an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Can you freeze whipped ricotta?

No, I do not recommend that you try freezing this dip. The ricotta’s texture will become grainy if frozen and thawed.

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Whipped Ricotta (Sweet and Savory Options)

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Start with this fabulously easy recipe for tangy, creamy and dreamy whipped ricotta dip, then add your favorite sweet or savory toppings!
Servings: 8 servings (2 cups)

Ingredients

  • 15 ounce whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Pinch of salt
  • Optional Toppings honey, crushed red pepper flakes, fresh chopped herbs like garlic, rosemary, thyme, or mint, mini chocolate chips, or fresh berries

Instructions

  • Set out a mixing bowl and a hand mixer. Measure the ricotta cheese, heavy cream, lemon zest, and a pinch of salt into the bowl.
  • Whip on high speed until the mixture is very smooth and thick. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • When you're ready to enjoy, scoop the whipped ricotta into a serving bowl. Then sprinkle anything you like over the top as a garnish.

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Notes

Transfer leftover ricotta to an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 2oz, Calories: 112kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 33mg, Sodium: 46mg, Potassium: 61mg, Sugar: 0.3g, Vitamin A: 319IU, Vitamin C: 0.03mg, Calcium: 114mg, Iron: 0.2mg
Course: Appetizer, Dip, Snack
Cuisine: American, Italian
Author: Sommer Collier
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