Ricotta Stuffed Dates

Mix together Bellwether Farms Whole Milk Basket Ricotta, honey, and orange zest. Slice the medjool dates and remove the pits. Fill each date with the ricotta mixture. Lightly press the ricotta stuffed dates in the chopped pistachios, letting the pistachios stick to the filling.

Place stuffed dates on a platter and serve.

Enjoy!

Fig Jam and Ricotta Crostinis

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Arrange baguette slices on a rimmed baking sheet and toast for 15 minutes, or until golden. Let the crostinis cool for 10 minutes before topping. Once cooled, spread a spoonful of Bellwether Farms Whole Milk Basket Ricotta onto the crostini.

Top with a teaspoon of fig jam, and garnish with a small sprig of rosemary.

Serve immediately.

Spiced Apple and Yogurt Overnight Oats

Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Preheat your oven to 375°F. Cook the jumbo pasta shells according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain the shells and set them aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of Bellwether Farms Whole Milk Basket Ricotta cheese, 1 cup of chopped spinach, 1 beaten egg, 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, 1 tsp dried basil, 1 tsp dried oregano, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix everything together until well combined.

Take each cooked pasta shell and stuff it generously with the spinach and ricotta mixture.

Arrange the stuffed shells in a baking dish, placing them close together.

Pour 2 cups of marinara sauce over the stuffed shells, making sure they are well covered. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella and 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese over the top.

Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Remove the foil and continue baking for an additional 5-7 minutes or until the cheese on top turns golden brown.

Let the stuffed shells cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

Ricotta Puff Pastry 3 Ways

Preheat oven to 425°F.

To prep the puff pastry, line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Slice the puff pastry into 9 pieces.

In a small bowl, whisk an egg until well combined. This will be the egg wash for the puff pastry. Place the puff pastry rectangles on the lined baking sheet 1 inch apart. Spoon roughly 1-2 tablespoons of Bellwether Farms Whole Milk Basket Ricotta in the middle of each rectangle.

Top with desired toppings, brush the egg wash along the outside of the puff pastry rectangles, then bake for 20 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.

Tomato and Pesto Ricotta Puff Pastry

Dollop pesto on top of the ricotta, then layer slices of yellow and red cherry tomatoes. Season tomatoes with salt and pepper, then bake.

Peaches and Balsamic Ricotta Puff

Pastry Fan out slices of peaches on top the ricotta on each rectangle, then bake. Once the puff pastry squares are baked, finish with ribbons of basil and a drizzle of balsamic reduction.

Prosciutto and Honey Ricotta Puff

Pastry Tear the prosciutto into bite sized pieces, then pile them into mounds on top of the ricotta on each rectangle. Drizzle with honey, then bake. Once the puff pastries are baked, finish with ribbons of basil.

Ricotta and Spring Vegetable Salad

Slice 1 inch off the ends of each asparagus stalk, then slice into thirds. Slice the radish into thin rounds.

Pick the mint leaves off of the stalk, keeping them whole. In a serving bowl, combine the asparagus, radish, and peas.

Dress with olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper, and toss to combine.

Dollop over Bellwether Farms Whole Milk Basket Ricotta, and garnish with fresh mint leaves.

Enjoy immediately!

Lemon Ricotta Pasta

Cook pasta according to package instructions until al dente, reserving 1 cup of cooking water. Then drain the pasta and set aside.

In the same pot, add the Bellwether Farms Whole Milk Basket Ricotta, parmesan, lemon zest, and juice. Salt and pepper to taste and stir until well combined. Stir in ½ cup of pasta water until smooth. Add the pasta and mix well so that the noodles are covered in sauce. You can add more pasta water to loosen up the sauce as needed. Stir in the spinach.

Top with a drizzle of olive oil, dollops of ricotta, parmesan, red-pepper flakes, and torn basil.

Herb Whipped Ricotta with Crostini

In a small mixing bowl, whisk ricotta for 2 minutes until smooth. It’s okay if you see little bumps. Place the whipped ricotta in a serving bowl.

In a separate bowl, stir together the mint, parsley, lemon zest, olive oil, honey, and salt. Pour the mixture on top of the whipped ricotta. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper.

Serve with crostini slices.

To make the crostinis, preheat the oven to 375°F. Slice the baguette into thin pieces and spread on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil on both sides of the baguette and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Let it bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Lemon Ricotta Cookies

In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.

In a separate bowl, combine the butter and the sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, for about 5 minutes. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well before adding the next egg.

Add Bellwether Farms Whole Milk Basket Ricotta Cheese, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Beat to combine.

Fold in the dry ingredients.

Tightly cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop the dough (about 1 1/2 tablespoons) onto the baking sheets. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until cooked through but still pale.

Remove from the oven and let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for 15 minutes.

For the glaze, combine and stir the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest until smooth. Spoon about 1/2-teaspoon onto each cooled cookie and use the back of the spoon to gently spread. Usually it will take about 2 hours to let the glaze harden at room temperature.

Ricotta Stuffed Baked Tomatoes

Bellwether Farms Ricotta is the perfect partner for vine-ripened tomatoes from your garden or the farmers market in this simply beautiful side dish for a summer feast. 

Ingredients

5 medium-size ripe tomatoes, cored
12 oz. Bellwether Farms Whole Milk Basket Ricotta 
3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 Tablespoons grated Parmigiano Reggiano, Romano, or Dry Jack cheese
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh herbs (chives, tarragon, basil, or a combination)
Freshly ground Black Pepper

Directions 

In a large bowl, combine the Ricotta, olive oil, grated cheese, herbs and pepper.

Fill the cored tomatoes with the cheese mixture.

Bake uncovered for approximately 20-30 minutes at 375 degrees.