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i have 16 ounces of ricotta left over from making a veggie lasagna. i kind of want to do something "different" with it. any ideas?

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you could eat it with fruit or mix in a little shredded mozzarella and a tad of milk if too thick- its kinda like a non water cottage cheese.
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MMmm...I love ricotta cheese! I use leftover or extra ricotta to make spinach, tomato, and garlic calzones or put a few dollops on homemade pizza. Mix it with spinach and spices and stuff in a chicken breast. If you don't mind more pasta, you can always add it in there. Wilted greens, ricotta, walnuts, olive oil and spices mixed with noodles is yummy.

Now I want some spinach lasagna! :

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Ricotta gnocchi, pancakes, fritters. Yummy, what a nice extra to have. All of these are recipes I found at epicurious when I had a similar excess. I liked the fritters best, with a little of napolitano sauce as a dip.
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We call this Green Noodles and it is downright delish.

Saute an onion. Add spinach till it wilts. Put onion/spinach in a food processor along with a cup of ricotta, salt, pepper and a dash of nutmeg.

Process till you have a nice, thick, green sauce. Serve over noodles with parmesan.
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You could make up a batch of Cannoli. Yummmmm...
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Make Italian ricotta cookies... :

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Use as filling for spinach ricotta raviolli.
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Chocolate ricotta muffins (or cherry or lemon. . . ricotta muffins are heavenly).

Excellent tossed into scrambled eggs too. You can just use the ricotta with various veggies and some olive oil to make scrambled cheese too (spatters a lot, but it's pretty good).
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Ricotta on a pizza is delicious! A thin crust, plus a light homemade tomato sauce. Add some roma tomatoes, basil and some dollops of ricotta!!
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what great ideas :::

i'll let you know what i decide and how it works out!

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I make it to eat with my canned fruits.

I have also made ricotta salata and love it with eggs.

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I use it to make fritters. I add an egg, some flour, sugar and a little liqueur like Amaretto or Melanurc. (I can't remember if the ricotta over there is thicker or runnier than here, but I know it's different so I can't give you the exact recipe.)

Or you can do something even simpler, just mix the ricotta with a little sugar and some chocolate chips. It's delicious and simple. It's what my husband and his family (from Naples) like to do when they have leftover ricotta. You could use honey instead of sugar if you wanted.

If figs were in season, you could split them open, put ricotta on top, and then drizzle them with honey. :
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black bean, ricotta, and cheddar enchiladas. yummy! season the mixture with green salsa or cumin before stuffing the tortillas.
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We call this Green Noodles and it is downright delish.

Saute an onion. Add spinach till it wilts. Put onion/spinach in a food processor along with a cup of ricotta, salt, pepper and a dash of nutmeg.

Process till you have a nice, thick, green sauce. Serve over noodles with parmesan.
I think I just found my dinner for tonight! Yum!
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Or you can do something even simpler, just mix the ricotta with a little sugar and some chocolate chips. It's delicious and simple. It's what my husband and his family (from Naples) like to do when they have leftover ricotta. You could use honey instead of sugar if you wanted.
We have a similar recipe that uses creme de cacao liqueur, mini chocolate chips, and toasted slivered almonds. Just mix together, let sit chilled for a bit so flavors blend, and eat. Delish!

There are also ricotta cheesecake recipes.

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My husband does something weird with ricotta...I think he mixes a little cocoa, sugar and whipped cream and makes it into a desert.
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Cannoli ...mmmmmmm:
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I stir it into leftover cooked brown rice to make rice patties.
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I make stuffed shells with it. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Ingred.
marinara sauce
16 oz. ricotta cheese
1/4 cup parm cheese
1/4 to 1/2 cup mozz cheese
1 or 2 eggs
pinch of grated fresh nutmeg
large shells ( they are usually down by the lasagna )

Mix the cheeses, egg and nutmeg. Cook shells, rinse with cold water and drain. Stuff the shells pretty full. Put some marinara on the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Put the shells in the pan. they can touch each other. I line them up . Spoon sauce over top of the shells. Bake 25-30 minutes. you know when they are done because the cheese mixture melts together and binds. I hope you like this. You can add cooked meat to the cheese mix if you want.
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Mmmmmm spinach and ricotta manicotti. A little time consuming to stuff but sooooooo goooooood. (allrecipes.com has LOTS of manicotti recipes.)
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Dessert staple in my house:

ricotta
unsweetened baking cocoa powder
chocolate chips
stevia to taste
vanilla extract

Mix well.

Yum.

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I just made a veggie bake with my left over ricotta. A can of chick peas, a can of tomatoes, some misc. vegies (I used broccoli, cauliflower and carrots) I had some leftover brown rice, so I used it too tossed it togother and baked until it was all soft. It was really good, we'll have it again soon.:
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Ricotta on a pizza is delicious! A thin crust, plus a light homemade tomato sauce. Add some roma tomatoes, basil and some dollops of ricotta!!
This was my thought - we make this about 2x/month. I add a layer of spinach, just to fill in my veggies, and the kids eat it too! If you need a good crust recipe, pm me.

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this sounds yummy

http://www.recipesource.com/desserts...0/rec0028.html

the slim gourmet books have recipes for frosting with ricotta cheese instead of shortening or butter, but I lost my recipes in a move years ago. I used to make a chocolate one that was yummy. I think the books are still available.

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I just made the chocolate ricotta muffin recipe from Molly Katzen's cookbook-I think it's called Breakfast at the Sunlight Cafe. Really good.
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We call this Green Noodles and it is downright delish.

Saute an onion. Add spinach till it wilts. Put onion/spinach in a food processor along with a cup of ricotta, salt, pepper and a dash of nutmeg.

Process till you have a nice, thick, green sauce. Serve over noodles with parmesan.
we did this--it was awesome! the only thing i changed is i added red pepper flakes because we all like a little spice! thanks for the recipe; it's definitely going into the "files" for future use--it's so easy, and we had leftovers too!

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