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By: Chef Laura Bonicelli

My Microwave Ricotta recipe is a quick and easy method for having fresh and delicious homemade ricotta ready to use –  in minutes.

Make my”Microwave Ricotta” for fresh ricotta in minutes!

I make ricotta every other week. I have used the same recipe for years. It yields about 1 quart and a half of ricotta – which I usually use up reasonably quickly. But, there are times when I am not up for the big production, and I only need a small amount. Microwave Ricotta is the perfect solution for those instances. (My Sweet Pea Ricotta Bruschetta is a perfect example a recipe that only needs about 1/2 cup of ricotta.)

The ingredient list is so simple. For that matter, so is the process. You do need to use whole milk. Ultra-pasteurized milk will not form a curd because it lacks bacteria. Plain yogurt has additional bacteria, and the acidic lemon juice causes the reaction to separate the curd from the whey.

About the Recipe

 

Once you’ve mixed the milk with the yogurt, lemon juice, and a little salt, you microwave the mixture on high for 4 minutes. At that point, you’ll see curd forming. I like to give it a gentle stir and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. At this point, you have ricotta, but it needs time for the curds to solidify. You’ll get more ricotta if you wait before you strain it.

 

There may not seem much of a difference between these two pictures, but the ricotta curd is beneath the surface – so it’s not apparent.

I like to lift the curd out with a small strainer. I set the curd in a cheese strainer bag or a cheesecloth-lined colander or medium-sized strainer over a bowl. After I lift out as much curd as I can, I gently pour the rest of the whey through the bag to collect as much curd as I possibly can.  The yield in this recipe is about 1/2 cup.  I love using it for my Sweet Pea Ricotta Bruschetta and my Spring Pea Salad.

 

I hope you love making Microwave Ricotta! Buon Appetito!

 

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Microwave Ricotta

© Chef Laura Bonicelli
My Microwave Ricotta recipe is a quick and easy method for having fresh and delicious homemade ricotta ready to use -  in minutes.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 4 mins
15 mins
Total Time 24 mins
Course Sauces, Dressings, other
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 84 kcal

Equipment

  • microwave

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon Kosher salt

Instructions
 

  • Mix all of the ingredients together with a whisk in a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Microwave on HIGH for 4 minutes. Stir gently to help form the curd. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  • Gently lift the curds (solids) out of the whey (liquids) and place in a cheesecloth or cheese-bag-lined strainer. Drain for 5 minutes, until you reach the desired consistency.
  • Remove the drained ricotta to a bowl or container for storage.

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Notes

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"Chef Laura Bonicelli"

Nutrition

Calories: 84kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 6gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 131mgPotassium: 185mgSugar: 7gVitamin A: 198IUCalcium: 156mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cheese, fresh, homemade
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