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    Default 5 Ideas for Ricotta Cheese

    Italians have known it all along.This fresh creamy cheese isn't just for

    lasagna.Take these 5 fast dishes some savory and some sweet. They are

    made with part skim ricotta which has 41 percent less fat but no less

    flavor than whole milk variety. All but one recipe calls for a 15 to 16

    oz tub

    Penne a la Ricotta: Cook 1 pound penne pasta, drain reserving 1/2 cup

    cooking water.In bowl combine ricotta,1/2 cup grated romano cheese, 1/2

    cup fresh basil and 1/2 tsp salt and pepper. Toss with pasta add cooking

    water if needed. Top with 1 pint cherry tomatoes cut in half, Garnish

    with basil. Serves 4


    Orange Ricotta Pancakes: From 1 navel orange grate 2 teaspoons peel. Cut

    off remaining peel and white pith. Cut fruit into segments. In bowl

    whisk together ricotta, 4 large eggs and orange peel.Whisk in 1/2 cup

    all purpose flour and 1/2 tsp baking powder. Spray 12 inch nonstick

    skillet with nonstick spray. Heat on medium for 1 min. Drop batter by

    1/4 cup into skillet making 4 or 5 pancakes at a time. Cook 10 to 12

    mins or until golden on both sides. Serve with orange segments and maple



    Puffy Bacon Chive Casserole: Preheat oven to 350. In 10 inch skillet

    cook 3 sliced of bacon o medium 5 mins or until browned. Drain. Crumble

    when cooled. Separate 5 large eggs placing yolks in a large bowl and

    whites in a medium bowl. Whisk yolks with bacon, ricotta, 1/4 cup grated

    parmesan cheese, 2 Tbsp snipped chives, 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper.

    Add 2 more egg whites to whites bowl and beat on high to stiff

    peaks.Fold whites into ricotta mixture one third at a time just until


    Bake in a greased shallow 2 1/2 quart baking dish 30 to 35 mins or until

    knife inserted comes out clean. Serves 6


    Lemon Ricotta Fruit Dip: In blender or mini food processor blend 1 cup

    ricotta with 2 Tbsp chopped candied ginger until smooth.Add 1/2 cup

    jarred lemon curd and pulse until combined,Spoon into a serving bowl and

    refrigerate.Serve with 1 pd strawberries hulled and 4 cups 1 inch cubes

    angel food cake about 6 oz.Makes 1 1/2 cups dip.


    Easy Cassata Parfaits: Place 1 pkg 10oz frozen cherries on counter 15

    mins to thaw slightly. Meanwhile cut 2 cups 4oz pound cake into 1 inch

    cubes.In a bowl whisk ricotta with 1/3 cup confectioner's sugar. In 4

    wine goblets or parfait glasses layer half of each of the following:

    ricotta mixture,cake,cherries and 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips.Repeat.

    Serves 4

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    Stephanie Dark

    Default 5 Ideas for Ricotta Cheese

    I LOVE ricotta cheese!!! We use it as a filing in blintzes & crepes,

    to make delicious muffins, as a pasta sauce, and sometimes just spread

    on bread w/a bit of jam.

    Thanks for posting all these recipes,




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