Easy and Delicious Homemade Ricotta Cheese


A lovely creamy cheese which is very easy to make! Even my sister who refused to eat the cheese at first ended up loving it! This is a fail-safe recipe in our household, I have made it time and time again. To cheese or not to cheese...that is never the question!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
2 cups


  • 8 ½ cups whole milk

  • cup lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon salt (Optional)


  1. Pour milk into a saucepan set over medium heat. Heat milk until it registers 194 degrees F (90 degrees C) on an instant-read thermometer, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

  2. Stir lemon juice and salt slowly into warmed milk. Let stand until milk curdles, 10 to 15 minutes.

  3. Line a fine-mesh strainer with cheesecloth and place it over a large bowl. Pour milk mixture carefully into the lined strainer. Let stand until most of the liquid has drained off the ricotta, about 15 minutes. Discard drained liquid.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

158 Calories
8g Fat
13g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 158
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 395mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 5mg 24%
Calcium 294mg 23%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 383mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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