This is an easy recipe to make your own Ricotta. I You'll be surprised at how easy this is and how great it tastes. Do this the next time you plan to prepare a recipe that includes Ricotta.
4 cups whole milk
1 cup cream
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 - 3 Tbsp lemon juice
Combine the whole milk, cream, kosher salt, and 2 Tbsp lemon juice in a saucepan and bring just to a boil without stirring. Immediately remove pan from heat.
Let mixture stand for 15 minutes at room temp. Curds will begin to separate from the whey. If only a few curds form, your lemons may not be acidic enough; add another 1 Tbsp lemon juice, and gently stir so you don't break up the curds too much, and let stand for 5 minutes more.
Using a large spoon (not slotted) or measuring cup, spoon curds into a cheesecloth-lined sieve set over a large bowl. The longer you drain the ricotta, the denser and more flavorful the cheese will be. Add to your favorite recipe using Ricotta Cheese.
Who knew it could be so simple to make your own?