Baked Ricotta Cheese

Ricotta, herb. olive oil, and bread

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  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
85 Calories
7g Fat
2g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 85
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 88mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 5g
Calcium 101mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe for baked ricotta cheese is incredibly easy. It's so simple yet delicious. Eat it spread on a toasted baguette. Serve alone or with olives and/or salami on the side. Mild in taste, ricotta cheese is a good ingredient for use in adding texture to sweet foods as well as some savory dishes.

About Ricotta Cheese

Ricotta is a moist fresh Italian cheese made from whey that is used in Italian dishes like lasagna, manicotti, and cheesecake. It is made from sheep, cow, goat, or buffalo's milk whey that remains after the curds are removed. Following the removal of the curds, the whey is reheated to form another curd that becomes ricotta cheese. Since the casein is filtered away from whey during the cheesemaking process, ricotta is suitable for persons with casein intolerance.


  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon herbs (fresh and finely chopped; parsley, thyme, chives, and basil are all tasty)
  • 1 pinch sea salt (or more to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (plus more for drizzling)

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.

  2. Mix the fresh herbs and salt into the ricotta. Fill a small baking dish with the ricotta. A small ramekin or mini-tart pan works well.

  3. Drizzle the olive oil on top. Bake for twenty minutes. If the top doesn't brown, finish the dish by placing it under a broiler for a few minutes so it's browned and bubbly.

  4. Drizzle more olive oil on top before serving. You can also add more fresh herbs if desired.