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Homemade Ricotta Is Easy to Make and Impossible to Resist

Photography and Styling: Caitlin Bensel

Easy and forgiving, homemade ricotta cheese is one of those culinary endeavors where the outcome far exceeds the effort. Even the hastiest, most inexpertly made version will have exponentially more flavor than supermarket tubs. It’s an ideal dish for DIY enthusiasts or anyone looking to impress at their next dinner party.

“I think ricotta is a fantastic gateway to the world of cheesemaking,” says Alisha Norris Jones, cheesemonger at Immortal Milk in Chicago. “Not only is it satisfying to see the first few steps of cheesemaking in action, making ricotta forces the aspiring cheesemaker to consider their milk sources.”