Whipped ricotta is the ultimate appetizer – whether you dip it or spread it, it’s an unforgettable treat.

Light, airy, creamy and bright, this is a recipe you’ve got to experience to believe! Who knew something so simple could be so incredible?

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Don’t you just love when a recipe feels and looks special, but you know that secretly it was almost *too* easy to make? This whipped ricotta is one of those recipes.

It’s versatile and takes just a few ingredients and a few minutes of prep time. It’s so easy to customize and serves beautifully with crackers, crostini and French bread.

Even better? It feels perfect for any time of year! It’s not too heavy, and it’s not seasonally specific. You can add some seasonal spins, of course – but it’s delicious just as it is!

I’m not sure which I love more – this whipped ricotta or my whipped goat cheese. We’ll need to make them both this weekend just to compare, right?

A white bowl of whipped ricotta with a sprig of thyme.

Whipped Ricotta

It looks as good as it tastes – I think you’re going to love this simple recipe!

Why You’ll Love It

  • Serves Beautifully – This is a pretty appetizer that looks gorgeous in a display. This whipped ricotta is gorgeous with crostini or on a charcuterie board. Elegant but totally effortless!
  • Make Ahead – Whipped ricotta can be made ahead for simple entertaining!
  • Wholesome – This dip is simple and free of preservative and sodium-filled store bought packaged dips.
A bowl of whipped ricotta surrounded by crostini.

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Ricotta – Choose your favorite brand, full fat is always best.
  • Olive oil – High quality extra virgin olive oil is always the best option!
  • Fresh Thyme – Leaves, cut off the stem.
  • Honey – We used our favorite hot honey for this recipe, to spice it up a little! You can use your favorite honey.
  • Sea Salt – Thick flakes are wonderful here.
  • Black Pepper -Thick flakes (to taste)
  • Lemon Zest – Optional
  • Lemon Juice – Optional
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Variations

  • Switch up the herbs (try rosemary or basil).
  • Add berries or figs.

Tools to Use

How to Make

  • Using a small bowl and spoon, whip ricotta, olive oil and honey until almost silky smooth (Mix by hand, or if you’re doubling or tripling the recipe, use a food processor or the whisk attachment on your mixer). Mix until combined. A bowl of whipped ricotta with herbs and a wooden spoon. A bowl of whipped ricotta with herbs and a wooden spoon.
  • Add ricotta mixture to a jar or bowl for serving.
  • Drizzle honey over the top, swirling it through the ricotta if you wish.
  • Add a little more chopped thyme and fresh cracked pepper and salt over the top, and serve.
A bowl of whipped ricotta dip with bread and herbs on a white background.

Tips

  • To double or triple this recipe for a crowd, simply use the 1X 2X 3X tab in the printable recipe card! It will multiply the ingredients for you, no math required!
  • If you double or triple this recipe, a mixer or food processor is recommended. Gradually increase speed to 3 until smooth.
  • Buy good quality ricotta! Because this recipe is so simple, quality ingredients will shine.
  • Gradually increase the speed on your mixer. This ensures that you’ll pull in a lot of air.
  • Adjust hot honey and herbs to taste.
  • For best results, use fresh herbs.
A bowl of whipped ricotta dip with bread and herbs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is cream cheese the same as whipped ricotta?

No, these are two very different cheeses. Cream cheese is made from cow’s milk and is quite rich and dense. Whipped ricotta is a standalone product that has a light, airy texture and milder flavor profile. In the US, ricotta is usually made from cow’s milk, but in Italy, it’s often made of sheep’s milk.

Why did my whipped ricotta turn out runny?

You might have added too much liquid like honey or lemon juice!

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Serving Suggestions

  • Serve whipped ricotta with your favorite crackers and breads.
  • You can serve this whipped ricowith store bought or homemade crostini. Get the easy 5 minute crostini recipe here.
  • Add a little over the top of roasted veggies.
  • Serve it with veggies like strips of peppers, celery, carrots, and more, for a lower carb serving suggestion.
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What to do with Leftovers

A white bowl of whipped ricotta with a sprig of thyme.

How to Store

  • At Room Temperature – for up to two hours while serving.
  • Refrigerate – for up to one week in an airtight container.
  • Freeze – You can freeze ricotta cheese, but we don’t recommend freezing this whipped ricotta. It won’t hold the airy, light and soft texture!
A white bowl of whipped ricotta with a sprig of thyme.

More Appetizers

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Whipped Ricotta

Whipped ricotta is the ultimate easy appetizer! Whether you dip it or spread it, it's an unforgettable treat- light, creamy and airy.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 4
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Ingredients  

  • 1 cup ricotta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme off the stem
  • 1 tablespoon honey We used hot honey- choose your favorite!
  • teaspoon sea salt thick flakes
  • teaspoon black pepper thick flakes or to taste

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Instructions 

  • Using a small bowl and spoon, whip ricotta, olive oil, honey, salt and pepper until silky smooth (Mix by hand, or if you're doubling or tripling the recipe, use a food processor or the whisk attachment on your mixer). Mix until it's light and airy and combined.
  • Transfer to serving dish. Top with a little more honey and chopped thyme, and a few cracks of salt and pepper. Serve with crostini.

Julie’s Tips

  • If you double or triple this recipe, a mixer or food processor is recommended. Gradually increase speed to 3 until smooth.
  • Gradually increase the speed on your mixer. This ensures that you’ll pull in a lot of air.
  • Buy good quality ricotta! Because this recipe is so simple, quality ingredients will shine.
  • Adjust hot honey and herbs to taste.
  • For best results, use fresh herbs.
Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 125mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 360IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 1mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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