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Top 10: Ricotta Recipes

Top 10: Ricotta Recipes

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Looking for the best ricotta recipes? It's time to get cheesy with these ten sweet and savory recipes featuring ricotta – the incredibly smooth Italian cheese.



1. BLUEBERRY, LEMON & RICOTTA STRATA

Creamy ricotta cheese and cubes of French bread are mixed with a light egg mixture and combined with sweet blueberries. The whole dish can be made the night before and popped in the oven in the morning. It's perfect for a delicious breakfast treat, or a foolproof way to impress your brunch guests.



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2. RICOTTA GNOCCHI

These small dumplings are harder to pronounce – NOK-ee? NYO-ke? NEE-okee? – than to make from scratch. Using basic ingredients such as ricotta, eggs, flour and Parmesan cheese we’ve created the lightest, most tender-textured gnocchi. Or, is that NYAW-kee?



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3. ROASTED VEGETABLE & RICOTTA PIZZA

Forget wishing for Wolfgang (Puck, that is) to walk through the door - with this easy pizza recipe, you can whip up your own scrumptious pie in a snap. Nothing can beat (especially take-out) the wonder of a tender homemade pizza crust loaded up with roasted vegetables and dollops of creamy ricotta cheese.



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4. SPICY SPAGHETTI & MEATBALLS

How do you turn tender meatballs into great balls of fire? Simple...just stop, drop and roll. As in, stop what you're doing, drop the grocery bags and start rolling out these marvellous homemade meatballs. Paired with this robust and spicy spaghetti sauce, this easy dinner is going to get everyone fired up!



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5. BOTTOMLESS BOWL CHICKEN LASAGNA

Lisa sometimes calls me Garfield for my lazy, lasagna-loving ways. When cravings strike, and I don’t have the time or patience for layering, this cheese-topped pasta delivers quick-fix happiness in a bowl of tender noodles, succulent chicken and sweet vegetables.



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6. PASTA ALLA NORMA

This classic Sicilian sauce has been hitting the right note since 1831, the year it was named for Bellini’s opera. Music to your palate, the sweet roasted eggplant is combined with a spicy tomato sauce and tangy ricotta salata, giving rise to a full-bodied aria.



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7. ITALIAN SLOPPY JOES


Looking for an excuse to dig in? These scrumptious Italian Sloppy Joes might be a mess-of-a-meal (three napkins required), but they're also chock full of richly flavored beef that's sandwiched between crisp garlic buns and topped with cheese (three kinds!) and basil. Yes, this Italian twist on the American classic is guaranteed to serve up (sloppy) smiles!



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8. ROASTED RED PEPPER PASTA


How do you get everyone to say 'Mamma Mia' with each bite? Simply whip up this quick and easy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta, fusilli coated in a creamy (yet cream-free) pesto-like sauce of roasted red pepper, sun-dried tomatoes, Parmesan, almonds and olive oil. Mixed with fresh green peas and topped with ricotta and basil, who could resist?



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9. EGGPLANT & BUTTERNUT SQUASH BRUSCHETTA


How do you get everyone to say 'Mamma Mia' with each bite? Simply whip up this quick and easy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta, fusilli coated in a creamy (yet cream-free) pesto-like sauce of roasted red pepper, sun-dried tomatoes, Parmesan, almonds and olive oil. Mixed with fresh green peas and topped with ricotta and basil, who could resist?



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10. EGGPLANT & ZUCCHINI RATATOUILLE TART


I give Julia & Jacques (as in, Pepin) their due as French food gurus, however I would be remiss if I didn’t include Lisa in this list of culinary luminaries. One bite of her Eggplant and Zucchini Ratatouille Tart – flaky buttery crust, tender eggplant, zucchini and onion, creamy ricotta cheese, sweet Roma tomatoes – and you’ll be tipping your beret to Chef Lisa.



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