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70+ Recipes: What to Do with Leftover Ricotta Cheese

Ever wondered what to do with leftover ricotta cheese? Here are sweet and savoury recipes that use ricotta cheese that are so good you’ll want to have leftover ricotta all the time!

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When you bake as much as I do, you’ll inevitably end up with leftover ingredients. 

Sometimes a recipe only needs 1/2 cup and you have 1 cup. Or it only needs egg whites not the yolks.

I found myself always looking for ways to use up leftovers so I decided to put these recipes in a handy-dandy list so I can easily go to them when needed. And now you can too!

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This ricotta recipe collection is one of the most popular on the blog. 

Ricotta cheese is such a versatile ingredient, used for both sweet and savoury dishes. It’s such a waste to not use it all up! 

70+ Recipes that Use Ricotta Cheese

If you’re wondering how to use up that tub of leftover ricotta cheese sitting in your fridge, you’re in the right place. From breakfast to dessert, from appetizers to main dishes, you’ll find your favourite ricotta cheese recipe here.

DESSERTS WITH RICOTTA CHEESE

Bake something sweet, fruity and chocolatey. Ricotta cheese makes your baked goods soft, tender, absolutely delightful.

RICOTTA CHEESE COOKIES

It’s a very popular ingredient in cookies too! Light, soft, melts-in-your-mouth.

PIES AND TARTS

You can also use ricotta cheese as an ingredient in pies and tarts.

RICOTTA CHEESE FOR BREAKFAST

Start the day with a delicious ricotta muffin, toast, pancake and more.

PASTA DISHES

A list of ricotta recipes won’t be complete without pasta!

OTHER SAVOURY RICOTTA RECIPES

It works so well in other savoury dishes too.

CROSTINI AND BRUSCHETTA APPETIZERS

Ricotta cheese is also great on crostini and bruschetta appetizers. A hit at every party!

RICOTTA CHEESE SALADS

Ricotta cheese is also great on salads.

Hope you found this collection helpful. There’s just so many ways to incorporate ricotta cheese in your recipes! Enjoy!

If you have questions about storing ricotta cheese, check out the FAQs below.

FAQs

How long can you keep ricotta cheese in the refrigerator?


Remember to always keep your ricotta cheese covered (they usually come in tubs/containers with lids) and in the fridge. I use the best before date as a guide but find that ricotta cheese typically stays fresh for up to 2 weeks after opening.

Can you freeze leftover ricotta cheese?


Freezing is a better option if you want it to last longer than 2 weeks. Unopened containers/tubs can go from your shopping bag straight into the freezer.

If you’re dealing with leftovers, it would be better to transfer the cheese to an airtight container (those tubs they come in are not exactly airtight) or in a Ziploc bag (be sure to drain excess water first before freezing).

Word of warning: freezing ricotta cheese will affect its texture. Instead of soft, creamy ricotta, you’d have a drier, crumblier cheese. Which is fine if you’re baking with it but probably not OK if you’re planning to serve it on its own on a platter.

How to thaw frozen ricotta cheese


To thaw, simply bring down the ricotta into the fridge a few hours before use.

Gloria

Thursday 21st of April 2022

I love using ricotta in recipes. What a great collection. So many new recipes to try. I think I will start with the Strawberry Bruschetta....what a fun summer appetizer. Perfect for Mother's Day brunch.

Adele

Saturday 3rd of March 2018

I bookmarked this a long time ago since I always have ricotta leftover but since then I never had any ha! Now I do and I don't know what to make first. Maybe I will bake some muffins and scones this weekend.

Leslee

Friday 19th of January 2018

I am so happy I found your blog. I have a lots of ricotta cheese that I don't know what to do with! This is definitly a great list. Thank you!

Ruthie Davis

Tuesday 16th of January 2018

This is excellent and so useful. We consume ricotta cheese on a regular basis.

Eileen Kelly

Tuesday 7th of March 2017

I had to pin this because I always have leftover ricotta. It ends up getting thrown out and one of my goals is to stop wasting food and better use. These are fantastic ideas.

Jolina

Tuesday 7th of March 2017

I hate throwing out extra ingredients too. Not a very practical way to go about things. Hope you find something in here you like!