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Fresh Ricotta Cheese Recipe

Fresh Ricotta Cheese Recipe: Rich, creamy, and made with just four wholesome ingredients! It’s the easiest homemade ricotta recipe ever.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 16 ounces
Calories: 141kcal
Author: Sommer Collier


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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.



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!


Serving: 1ounce | Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 546mg | Potassium: 107mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 535IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 0mg