This spicy whipped ricotta only takes a few minutes to make and this creamy spread is delicious on a toasted baguette or your favorite crackers!

whipped ricotta in a bowl

I love the creamy flavor of ricotta cheese and whipped ricotta takes this simple cheese to the next level! By whipping it with a little olive oil, it makes the texture extra creamy and spreadable. I like adding red pepper flakes for a spicy kick but you can leave it out for a more mild spread.

How to Make Whipped Ricotta

Making whipped ricotta is simple! Combine ricotta and olive oil with a hand mixer, in a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, or in a food processor. The goal is to incorporate air into the ricotta to make it fluffy.

whisking ricotta

I typically make it in my Kitchen Air stand mixer using the whisk attachment, but I’ve also done it in my food processor. Add the ricotta and olive oil and whip for 5-7 minutes until fluffy and creamy. Add a pinch of salt to taste.

spicy ricotta

If you want to make this whipped ricotta spicy, add 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes. I also like to add a drizzle of olive oil just before serving.

To make a sweet version of this whipped ricotta, skip the red pepper flakes and add a drizzle of honey. This is delicious spread on top of toast, with blackberries or strawberries. Get the full ricotta blackberry toast recipe here.

blackberry ricotta toast on a cutting boardTips for Making Whipped Ricotta

  • Be sure to use full-fat ricotta cheese. This will give you the best, creamiest texture.
  • I found that a whisk attachment on a stand mixer was the easiest way to get this ricotta to be super light and fluffy but if you don’t have one, a hand mixer or a food processor can do the trick.
  • This whipped ricotta is also delicious on toast with fruit. Just skip the red pepper flakes, then drizzle with honey and add your favorite berries.

ricotta toast

This recipe is so simple but it makes a great spread for a cheeseboard! It’s a versatile recipe that can be spicy or sweet depending on your seasoning. I love the spicy kick from the red pepper flakes but you can also switch it up with other seasonings!

The Best Whipped Ricotta Seasonings

  • I love the spicy kick of red pepper flakes, but there are other tasty ways to spice up this recipe!
  • Try it with 1 teaspoon of an Italian Seasoning blend. The notes of rosemary and basil are delicious paired with ricotta cheese.
  • Skip the spices and add a drizzle of honey. This is a great one to pair with berries!
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spicy ricotta

Whipped Ricotta Spread

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Appetizer

Description

This spicy whipped ricotta only takes a few minutes to make and this creamy spread is delicious on a toasted baguette or your favorite crackers!


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (plus more for drizzling)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Bread or crackers for serving

Instructions

  1. In a stand mixer or food processor, blend the ricotta and olive oil for 5-6 minutes until it becomes fluffy and creamy. 
  2. Add salt to taste and mix until combined.
  3. Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle with red pepper flakes, if using.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil just before serving. 
  5. Serve with toasted bread or crackers

Notes

I found that a whisk attachment on a stand mixer was the easiest way to get this ricotta to be super light and fluffy but if you don’t have one, a hand mixer or a food processor can do the trick.

Keywords: Whipped Ricotta

How to Store Leftover Whipped Ricotta

You can store the leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days. But I find that it loses a bit of the fluff after an hour or two. If you want to restore the texture, you can simply whip it again before serving.

If you have extra ricotta cheese, here are a few of my favorite ricotta recipes!

Creamy Ricotta Pasta with Vegetables

ricotta pasta

Blackberry Ricotta Crostini

Blackberry Ricotta Crostini

What’s your favorite way to use ricotta?