The Many Roles of Ricotta
Ricotta is a jack-of-all trades in the cheese world. It can be found filling a sweet cannoli or atop a hearty lasagna. Ricotta's range of compatibility makes it a must have ingredient for the gastronomically adventurous.
Ricotta is also a great 'carrier' of flavours – spinach, parmesan, herbs, nutmeg – which is why it's so often used as a filling for pasta (and as a stuffing to push under the skin of a chicken). In fact, mixed with whipped cream or mascarpone, ricotta makes an excellent light but creamy filling for cake (try mixing it with lemon zest and juice, or with grated chocolate, orange zest and marsala-soaked raisins).