Use It Up! 11 Recipes for Leftover Ricotta

Don’t let leftover ricotta go to waste! It’s a tasty addition to many of your favorite recipes. Try it in pancakes, pound cakes, pasta, pizza, and more!

Ricotta is one of the best things about life. That may be a bold statement, but I stand by it! Its creamy texture pairs well with so many ingredients and its mild flavor can enhance any savory or sweet dish.

It’s really easy to make Homemade Ricotta — this is a great way to use up milk or yogurt. Whether you make ricotta from scratch or buy it at the store, making sure you have ideas to make the most of what’s sitting in your fridge is always a good idea.

You can freeze it, but I prefer to eat it on my morning toast with a little jam. If you’re looking for something with a little more pizzazz, put leftover ricotta to good use with these recipes!

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes Recipe

Ricotta cheese adds a creamy richness to these pancakes that will have you swooning! These extra-fluffy pancakes are the best way to start the day.

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Lemon artichoke pasta with spinach

Frozen artichokes, fresh spinach, and creamy ricotta come together in a delightful dish. It can be on the table in under 30 minutes. How’s that for winning?

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Stuffed shells with ricotta cheese and mint filling

Stuffed shells are one of the best things on this planet, but add in a little mint to the mix? They basically become the best thing in the universe. Go ahead and give it a whirl. You won’t regret it!

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Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Pound Cake

Wait a minute — ricotta in a pound cake? You betcha! It takes the place of some of the butter and flour in this recipe and it’s sure to win the hearts of everyone who is lucky enough to try it.

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Lemony Spaghetti with Peas and Ricotta

If ever there was a dish that screams SPRING, this is it! Bright lemon flavor, fresh peas (although you can use frozen if that’s what you have) and creamy ricotta make up one terrific trio.

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Zucchini Ricotta Frittata

Seriously so fun to say and it’s even more fun to eat! Who thought ricotta and frittata would become best friends? Welp, they are and it’s glorious!

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Spinach Ricotta Gnocchi

Why yes, gnocchi CAN be made with ricotta! It’s much more forgiving than the potato version, so if you’ve ever wanted to try making gnocchi but haven’t made the plunge, now’s your chance.

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Tomato Tart Phyllo Dough

You could very well call this an appetizer, but I call it lunch. It’s simple, fresh, and will charm the socks off your taste buds.

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Three Cheese Lasagna

If you want to make a dish that’s a little unconventional, try adding pesto to lasagna! It’s simply delightful and will still give you that warm cozy, comfort food feeling lasagna brings.

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How to Make Stuffed French Toast

The divine combo of honey, ricotta, and lemon is what sets this French toast apart from all the other recipes out there. Just one of these slices is enough to fill you up, so dig in!

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Ultra-thin Crust Pizza with Onions, Mushrooms, Ricotta

Ever thought of using ricotta as a sauce for pizza? Sounds a tad outrageous, but it works! Just be sure to keep the toppings on the thin side so the tortilla crust can stay nice and crispy!

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Claudia Cash

Claudia is the Community Manager for Simply Recipes, and finds joy building relationships with our readers through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. As the mother of 5 girls, she is passionate about family dinner and having that time together every day to connect with those we love, even if it's over toast and eggs.

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  1. Amy

    All these sound absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to start cooking! Thank you, I get to make the most of fresh ricotta! I may even try making my own; never knew it was so easy.