Homemade Ricotta: Easy to make and only 3 ingredients

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Last Updated on August 3, 2020 by Deanna Samaan

Homemade Ricotta is very easy and it is only 3 ingredients! You will never buy store bought ricotta again! It is simply that good!

Homemade Ricotta is very easy and it is only 3 ingredients! You will never buy store bought ricotta again! It is simply that good!

Put Your Mind To It


hen you put your mind to something, you can do it! So I decided to start over in my old apartment. I wasn’t able to move like I wanted to, and it is a long story as to why, instead of being down about it, because I really wanted a change, I am looking at it as starting over new in my old apartment. It is a change and it is a new start if I look at it that way. Out with the old, in with new. My ex-picked all the furniture here, I got that in the divorce, and about 10 years old. So this time, let’s pick stuff that is more me, or should I say have my say in it.

I am keeping end tables and coffee table, but right now I am in the aqua and white state of mind when comes to colors. So my color scheme will be white, black, and light aqua blue. I still love the Mediterranean look, so, working one room at a time, it is MAKEOVER time!

Sometimes that change you need is making something old new again. I have been wanting a table that I can have a bar. I wasn’t finding what I wanted when I did it is the way to expensive. I have had this console table that I got years ago from LTD Commodities. Well, I didn’t have a long enough screwdriver at the time, and I kind of messed it up putting it together. The drawer falls out if try to open that drawer.

I was laying on my couch, looking at all the boxes I packed, in anticipation of my “move,” when an idea struck me, why not see if I can find an under the counter wine glass rack, take that drawer out and make the bar I am envisioning in my head. So I found for $10 at World Market exactly what I wanted and are you ready?

This the before, minus the Christmas decor, of course, hey, it was the only photo I had that showed it “before.”

Decor 1


Bar table

This is after!I am very proud of myself I suddenly became a Martha Stewart in this redo. I feel like this one those projects you see on Pinterest that you go, “huh, that is a good idea!” Of course, as I am unpacking, I will organize it much better. What is sad, I will admit, all that alcohol, that is from all the companies I have created recipes for. I really am not a lush!

Anyway, So operation APARTMENT MAKEOVER has officially begun. Time to go back to basics and make this place my old, new place. This is a very good design, it is what I need, a change, even if just a decor change. Now are you ready to learn about Homemade Ricotta?

Homemade Ricotta

Homemade Ricotta is very easy and it is only 3 ingredients! You will never buy store bought ricotta again! It is simply that good!

Going back to basics isn’t a bad thing. Sometimes going back to basics is better than doing something quickly. That is the point of this week’sHomemade Ricotta recipe. Let’s face it ricotta cheese can be a little pricey.

In all honesty, making your own Homemade Ricotta not only saves you money but has a better taste in my opinion. So when the theme for this weeks:

5 ingredients
was announced, I knew that this Homemade Ricotta would be perfect for this theme. Why? Because my Homemade Ricotta is only 3 ingredients! So not only is it very tasty, it is very budget friendly as well

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Homemade Ricotta is very easy and it is only 3 ingredients! You will never buy store bought ricotta again! It is simply that good!

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#SundaySupper Homemade Ricotta

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Homemade Ricotta is very easy and it is only 3 ingredients! You will never buy store bought again!


  • 8 cups pasteurized whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar


  1. Combine the milk, which you have to make sure it is just pasteurized milk and not ultra-pasteurized. Ultra-pasteurized is an extra heating process and breaks down the fat part the milk and will not make the ricotta correctly. Anyway, combine the milk and cream together in a large non-reactive pot. Heat the milk over medium heat until it reaches about 175 degrees F. This takes about 5 minutes or so for the milk and cream to get to that temperature.
  2. While the milk and cream are heating up, line a colander with cheese cloth. Then place that colander over a large bowl or another large pot. I will give you a hint on this, I found cheese cloth at the dollar store, so look there, you will find it cheaper there.
  3. After the milk and cream have reach 175F turn the heat off. Slowly drizzle the vinegar into the milk, stirring as you do so. I admit I used the same measuring cup for the cream and vinegar and that is fine, it one less dish you have to clean. It will not affect the ricotta. You do have options with the vinegar, you can use white if you like. Also, lemon juice is fine as well. Apple cider vinegar will give a sweeter taste to the ricotta then white vinegar. Lemon gives a touch of the citrus. So really up to you what you like to use.
  4. After you added the last the vinegar, stop stirring and let the mixture now rest for 20 minutes. You will see that it curdling and getting thick. This our ricotta forming! After 20 minutes have passed. Ladle out the ricotta into the cheesecloth lined bowl system we set up earlier. You notice as you are ladling it out, the clearish liquid that left in the pot. This is the “whey” You remember nursery rhyme: “Little Ms Tuffet eating her curds and whey? That essentially what we just done, we made curds, which is our ricotta and now we have whey left over. If you put that in a separate jar, you can use it in baked goods that call for dairy. It will make them taste very good in fact. A week in the fridge is all the whey can be used for, after that if you don’t use it through it away.
  5. After you ladled the ricotta into the cheese cloth. Let it sit there for about an hour. This is drying it, to get more the whey out of it, so more ricotta-like.
  6. After an hour, give the cheesecloth one good squeeze, take the ricotta out of it, put into a jar. It like the whey it keeps for a week in the fridge. Make Stuffed shells, cheesecake, basically, anything you use ricotta for, ENJOY!

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 269Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 148mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 17gProtein: 11g

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  • Marjory @ Dinner-Mom
    April 27, 2014

    Never thought to make this! It looks like a nice project to do with my girls! Thanks for sharing!

    • Deanna Samaan
      April 27, 2014

      Thank you, It is a great project to do with kids and so easy to do as well 🙂

  • Deanna Samaan
    April 27, 2014

    Thank you, If your going to make a homemade cheese this a perfect for a first time because so easy 🙂

  • Alice // Hip Foodie Mom
    April 27, 2014

    oh my goodness! homemade ricotta cheese?! Awesome, love it!

    • Deanna Samaan
      April 27, 2014

      Once you make your own, you never buy store bought 🙂

  • Julie
    April 27, 2014

    Homemade cheese has been on my to-make list for ages. I need to try this!

    • Deanna Samaan
      April 27, 2014

      You will love it, and this perfect for a first time!

  • Courtney @ Neighborfood
    April 27, 2014

    I’m glad you’re getting a fresh start, even if it’s in the same surroundings. I’ve been wanting to try the homemade cheese thing for awhile. You make it look so easy!

    • Deanna Samaan
      April 27, 2014

      Sometimes you need that fresh start is what I realized! If it first time to make cheese, ricotta is the best to do first because it so easy 🙂 Thank you!

  • Amy Kim
    April 27, 2014

    I love the transformation of that table! Can’t wait to see the apartment makeover…I love that kind of stuff! And that ricotta…so easy to make! I’ve made homemade paneer, but this looks a lot easier!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Deanna Samaan
      April 27, 2014

      Thanks Amy! I am proud of myself for doing that table! Next want find some small stools and recover them for it 🙂 I doing it one step at a time! Thank you so much!!

  • Deanna Samaan
    April 27, 2014

    I am making this batch into a ricotta cake, I am glad I pused you to make another batch 🙂

  • Deanna Samaan
    April 27, 2014

    It actually is, usually I have vinegar and milk on hand all the time 🙂 Your welcome!

  • Deanna Samaan
    April 27, 2014

    Ohh, you just inspired me to try to make a ravoli! I love making this and then using it cheese cak, sooo good! Thank you, my bar as I am setting up looking cuter, now I want find some stools for it 🙂

  • Deanna Samaan
    April 27, 2014

    Thank you Tracy! It very easy, Once you make it you never use store bought again!

  • Deanna Samaan
    April 27, 2014

    Ricotta the easiest to make in cheese making I think, next I admit I love to make mozzarella

  • Deanna Samaan
    April 27, 2014

    Thanks Shannon! It really is very easy 🙂

  • Deanna Samaan
    April 27, 2014

    Ohh I love to try that Farmer’s cheese. I like to try one day to do mozzarella. Thank you so much!

  • Katie
    April 27, 2014

    I have never tried making my own ricotta at home, but I seriously need to try it out!

  • susan
    April 28, 2014

    There is nothing quite as satisfying as homemade ricotta. I can eat it by the spoonful.

  • Your bar is awesome – creative and fantastic execution!

    Homemade ricotta is double awesome – I love homemade ricotta, and you are absolutely correct that we forget how the simple things are best.
    Can’t wait to see the rest of your “move”!

  • Deanna you make it look so easy!

  • Anonymous
    May 1, 2014

    Since ricotta is so expensive I can’t wait to get the ingredients to make it. I had to start over in the same home too so I know how hard it can be. But, you are off to an amazing beginning. It is a few years later for me and the only sign of my ex is a TV he gave me in the bedroom. Keep up the good work and the wonderful recipes.

  • Renee
    May 1, 2014

    Wow, who knew ricotta was that easy to make. Definitely on my to-try list.

  • susan @ The Wimpy Vegetarian
    May 2, 2014

    What a fantastic recipe to share. I’ve made ricotta cheese oodles of time and it never crossed my mind. Love, love this!!!