Learn How to Make Fresh Ricotta at Home

Learn How to Make Fresh Ricotta at Home

Ricotta is an incredibly versatile cheese and it is very simple to make! There is nothing like fresh homemade ricotta cheese in pasta, cannoli, manicotti and more! Try this easy 4-ingredient recipe at home – it only takes about 30 minutes to make a fresh batch! This recipe yields about 1 cup of fresh ricotta cheese. Comment below to let us know what you made with it. 


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice or distilled white vinegar
  • Cheese cloth for straining


  1. In a pot or saucepan, bring milk, cream and salt to a boil. 
  2. Remove from heat and add lemon juice (or vinegar) and stir until mixture begins to curdle. 
  3. Let rest 5 minutes.
  4. Add 2 layers of cheese cloth to a fine mesh strainer and rest over a bowl.
  5. Pour mixture into the strainer and let drain for 20 minutes or up to 8 hours. Note: The longer you let the cheese drain, the thicker it will be! 
  6. Store in a closed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.  


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