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      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

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      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

      syrup.

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      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

      blended.

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

      knife inserted comes out clean. Serves 6

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      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.

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      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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Budget101 Discussion List Archives Budget101 Discussion List 5 Ideas for Ricotta Cheese