It only takes about 5 minutes and TWO INGREDIENTS to make your own ricotta cheese in the microwave! Today I’m sharing my process for how I made this fresh and oh-so-yummy Ricotta Cheese in the microwave.
Easy Ricotta Cheese Recipe:
We eat a lot of ricotta cheese around here. It’s such a versatile cheese. Ricotta is great on pasta, (like my Lemon Ricotta Pasta or Cheesy Penne with Meatballs) pizza, egg dishes, snacks, baked goods and even desserts! We eat so much ricotta that on more than one occasion while in the middle of preparing a recipe; I’ll go to the fridge for the cheese, and discover it has disappeared! (Hubby likes to snack on it at night…)
Did you know it only takes about 5 minutes and TWO INGREDIENTS to make your own ricotta cheese in the microwave? This method had saved me many times and it’s so simple you’ll wonder why you haven’t tried this before!
How to make Ricotta Cheese: It’s as easy as mixing milk with a bit of vinegar and salt, microwaving it and draining! The hardest part is just cleaning the microwave bowl when you are done.
I like to eat mine still warm with a bit of olive oil and salt and pepper.
By the way, If you want to find out what your microwaves watt are, I ended up having to google the info on how to find out my microwave wattage and learned this neat trick from ask.com on how to determine your microwave’s wattage:
“A microwave’s wattage may appear on the inside door of the appliance, on the back of the microwave or in the owner’s manual. If owners cannot find this information, they can perform a test to determine the wattage. The test involves boiling a cup of water in a 2-cup measuring cup.
If the water boils in two minutes or less, the microwave is 1,000 watts or higher. If it takes two and a half minutes, the microwave is about 800 watts. Three minutes is between 650 and 700 watts, and between three and five minutes is a 300- to 500-watt microwave”
How to Make Ricotta Cheese in the Microwave
It only takes about 5 minutes and TWO INGREDIENTS to make your own ricotta cheese in the microwave! This method had saved me many times and it’s so simple you’ll wonder why you haven’t tried this before.
- Prep Time: 1 minute
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 1/2 cup
- Category: side dish
- Method: microwave
- 2 cups whole milk (makes about 1/2 cup ricotta cheese)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- Mix salt, milk and vinegar together and microwave on high for 4 to 5 minutes. (Depending on the wattage of your microwave- mine is 1100 and was ready at the 4-minute mark.) You could also use a food thermometer to check the temperature of the milk- it needs to reach 165 degrees for the milk curds to separate from the whey.
- Using a fine-mesh sieve or a colander covered with a paper towel or cheesecloth, pour or spoon the curds into the sieve and let drain for 5 minutes.
- Store covered in the refrigerator.
- Serving Size: 1/2 cup
- Calories: 200
- Fat: 16
- Carbohydrates: 4
- Protein: 14
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