Ricotta Cheese

Ricotta is an Italian sheep milk cheese.

Ricotta is a fresh cheese (as opposed to ripened or aged), grainy and creamy white in appearance, slightly sweet in taste, it is somewhat similar in texture to some cottage cheese variants, though considerably lighter.

Like mascarpone in northern-Italian cuisine, ricotta is a favorite component of many Italian desserts, such as cheesecakes and cannoli. There are also kinds of cookies that include ricotta as an ingredient.

Ricotta is also commonly used in savory dishes, including pasta, calzonipizza, manicotti, lasagne, and ravioli.