Ricotta cheese is one of those ingredients that can be used to make just about any recipe that much more creamy, tasty, and even more delightful whether it’s as a filling, a topping or even as part of a sauce, it’s always worthwhile keeping some ricotta cheese in the fridge for when you need it.
Not only is it incredibly versatile, but ricotta cheese is also extremely healthy with each 100g serving only containing 3g of overall net carbs and 0.3 of sugars making it keto-friendly, but also extremely light and delicious to bite into.
The good news is that you can incorporate keto ricotta cheese into some downright scrumptious recipes that can be enjoyed for any occasion and can all be prepared in no time at all.
What Is Keto Ricotta Cheese?
If you ask anyone who enjoys ricotta cheese how it tastes, chances are they’ll use words like fluffy and delicate referring to just how soft and creamy it is, making it a tastier and much healthier substitute for cottage cheese, while similarly having the incredibly creamy texture that we all know and love.
Ricotta cheese can be made from the milk of sheep, cows and goats, however because it has been sourced from cows for a much longer time, most ricotta cheese you can find in the store is made from cow’s milk.
While it has a sweet and soft texture, ricotta cheese usually has a moist body which makes it perfect to use as a decently thick filling.
The taste overall is slightly sweet and comparable to cottage cheese, however unlike cottage cheese, ricotta contains far less sodium and is a lot healthier than cottage cheese.
On top of this, while ricotta is low in carbohydrates, it’s still fairly high in protein and fat which makes it completely keto-friendly.
This gluten-free recipe switches out the flour for coconut flour so that the pancakes can still retain their fluffy texture, along being extremely light thanks to the egg whites being whisked separately.
The ricotta gives the pancakes an incredibly soft and creamy flavor that goes down so well in the morning when you aren’t in the mood for a big hearty meal and want something that can be made in as little as 5 minutes.
When topped with some chia jam, a dash of light whipped cream and a few berries, this is one of the lightest and tastiest breakfast recipes you can make.
This lemon ricotta mousse can be made so easily, it’s never a bad idea to whip it up, especially since the mixture of the tangy lemon with the creamy ricotta creates an incredibly delicious sensation in the mouth, making for the perfect evening dessert after a big meal.
Low carb, sugar-free and with a a slightly thick texture that be enjoyed on its own or spread over your favorite meals, it’s always a treat when tucking into a lemon ricotta mousse.
If you’re more of a fan of a chocolate taste as opposed to the sweet lemon flavor, you can use the exact same recipe but instead mix the ricotta with cocoa powder, powdered sweetener, and stevia to make a thick mixture of chocolatey goodness.
With a cheesy layer of ricotta and mozzarella layered over the ground beef mixed in with a creamy marinara sauce, this skillet lasagna recipe is a keto-friendly dish packed full of meaty flavor while still having a much softer texture and taste than your usual lasagna dish.
Each serving of this scrumptious lasagna recipe containing 7g of net carbs and 36g of fat, along with only containing 520 calories, it’s an excellent option addition to any keto diet.
When paired up with a selection of crunchy veg and some light herbs and seasonings, this is a healthy twist on the regular lasagna recipe that you need to try out, especially considering it can be made in just a few minutes with enough servings to feed the entire family.
Part of the beauty of keeping ricotta around is it can be used for any kind of recipe, whether that be as a creamy topping to a fluffy breakfast, or as part of a scrumptious dessert such as this delightful strawberry ricotta cake.
With only 4 ingredients needed and being entirely sugar free and low in carbs, this doesn’t stop this cake from being packed full of fruity flavor that is a real treat to tuck into during the warmer seasons.
The ricotta helps to make the moisture and sweetness of the strawberries stand out even more, making this dessert incredibly refreshing and perfect when you have a few mouths to feed and want something that’s easy to make and keto-friendly.
The combination of spinach and ricotta really is unlike anything else, offering a sweet and savory flavor that is downright delicious when served piping hot.
In just 40 minutes, this delightful bake is ready to serve, and with the sheer mixture of ingredients including some spicy paprika, black pepper and double cream, this is the perfect recipe for when you have a bit of time to prepare a mouthwatering keto-friendly lunch packed full of flavor.
To elevate the taste even more, a sweet seasoning mixture of mixed salad leaves, cherry tomatoes, avocado and cucumber helps to keep this bake tasting light and refreshing while still being delicious and well worth taking the time to prepare.
Scrambled eggs are already fluffy enough on their own, however when mixed in with some smooth and creamy ricotta, it makes the texture even more scrumptious to enjoy as either a breakfast option or even during an afternoon lunch, especially when mixed with some spinach to pack even more flavor into this recipe.
This ricotta scrambled egg recipe uses keto-friendly large eggs to pack it full of even more protein with it still being extremely low in calories and while the dish itself may be a little small, because of how much is packed into the mixture it means even one serving is usually more than enough to keep you satisfied for a few hours.
Feel free to add in any of your favorite herbs, spices and vegetables if you want to add a little more of a crunchy texture to the scrambled eggs, we would recommend steamed broccolli and carrots as they can easily enhance the flavor just with a few of them being thrown into the mixture.
Ready in as little as 5 minutes and the perfect pick-me-up to get you ready for the day ahead, this keto oatmeal makes full use of the ricotta cheese to ensure the mixture of salted butter and cinnamon is as delightful as possible, making for the perfect way to put an easy but delicious spin on the standard oatmeal recipe.
While you can enjoy this recipe as a light and refreshing breakfast meal, because it can be made in little to no time at all, it’s the perfect keto-friendly recipe that can be whipped up on the go when you’re a little short on time.
Being completely gluten-free and containing just 4.8g net carbs per portion, this gnocchi recipes makes these bitesize treats as fluffy and pillowy as possible while also leaving the nuts behind to make them soft to bite into while still being packed full of flavor.
The inclusion of ricotta helps tremendously to add a smooth and creamy taste to a food that many people would usually consider a little bland, however the coconut flour and freshly grated parmesan cheese give the gnocchi far more flavor that is noticeable as soon as you take that first bite.
Ricotta cheese is an excellent way to keep a meal keto-friendly while adding an excellent amount of flavor and creamy goodness to your favorite food.
It’s always well worth switching out other types of cheese for ricotta since not only is it far healthier and won’t ramp up the calorie count, but because it’s a lot softer than its counterparts, it’s an easy way to make virtually any recipe that much more enjoyable to enjoy whether it’s for breakfast, part of an afternoon dinner or incorporated into a chilled and refreshing evening dessert.