When you are working on a dish and it calls for ricotta cheese, we can sympathize with that feeling in the pit of your stomach as soon as you realize you don’t have any left.
Whilst you could go to the grocery store, it probably isn’t sensible when you have hot things on the go in the kitchen.
Plus, it isn’t like you go to the grocery store every single day – who even does that?
Fortunately, and you will be super glad to hear this, there are several substitutes you can use when it comes to adding ricotta cheese to a meal.
From finding an alternative cheese, to not using cheese at all, we have 5 options for you to try so you don’t go without.
Afterall, you might even end up liking this new version of ricotta cheese better.
So, the next time you are making a lasagna and you need ricotta cheese, fear not, just check out what else you can use to make the perfect addition to your dish without skipping on the ‘ricotta cheese’ element. So, with all this in mind, let’s get to it!
Goat Cheese As An Alternative To Ricotta Cheese
We absolutely love the versatility that comes with using goat cheese.
Whilst it can be added to olives and salads, you can also add it to the likes of pasta, fruit and bread, among so much more.
It has a lot of flavor too, and sadly because of this reason, some people like to avoid goat cheese altogether. They really are missing out!
Despite this, goat cheese is a great substitute for ricotta cheese. However, due to it having so much flavor, you might want to reduce some of the salt in your dish if possible.
Otherwise, the goat cheese element (and saltiness) may overpower the whole dish.
You will notice the difference because ricotta cheese is actually fairly mild compared to goat cheese, so keep all this in mind when you are adding the alternative cheese in.
How To Substitute
When it comes to using goat cheese, you can use the ratio of one to one just fine.
However, just like we stated, keep in mind how much salt is used overall.
You will want to balance out the flavors, and goat cheese acts as a sort of seasoning. It is very flavorful!
Not everybody likes goat cheese, despite how delicious it is. Even though it has a creamy element, it also is very cheesy and can be an acquired taste.
Because of this, it isn’t always the best substitute for ricotta.
Cottage Cheese To Substitute Ricotta Cheese
Who doesn’t love cottage cheese? Actually, scrap that, a fair number of people do not like cottage cheese despite the fact that it is creamy and delicious. Well, it can be, or just sour.
Actually okay, cottage cheese doesn’t have much of a flavor at all, but the great thing about using it in a recipe is that it soaks up all the flavors that surround it. That makes it extra delicious.
Because of this, it means you can have that texture of the cottage cheese, but it tastes much, much nicer.
You might even be a cottage cheese convert after trying it in your next recipe.
Even if you or your family are not big fans of cottage cheese, you won’t even notice the type of cheese it is once it is added to your recipe.
Especially when it has been added to something like a pizza, or even into pasta. Yummy!
How To Substitute
It is super simple to substitute ricotta cheese for cottage cheese. You can do it by using a 1:1 ratio as they are so similar in texture.
If you do not like cottage cheese, then it is highly likely that you won’t have any in your fridge.
Having said that, maybe just one person likes it in your family and you have to buy it because of that?
Either way, cottage cheese does make a great alternative to ricotta cheese, especially because of its texture.
However, it will not give you a wonderful cheesy flavor, despite it being made of cheese.
Cottage cheese is rather bland and lumpy, despite it having a creamy element.
Even so, it will absorb all the delicious flavors in the dish and create a wonderful and filling texture – so, don’t knock it before you try it!
Cream Cheese As A Creamy Alternative To Ricotta Cheese
Cream cheese is all in the name. It is super creamy and a great alternative to ricotta cheese.
In fact, this might just be one of the substitutes that you fall in love with. Goodbye ricotta cheese, it was good whilst it lasted!
Okay, let’s not get too dramatic, but honestly, you will love this alternative of using cream cheese if you love that creamy cheesy flavor, and who doesn’t? Not us!
Whilst a lot of people snub their noses at cream cheese, it is actually a delicious alternative and hidden treasure of the dairy aisle.
It is also really easy to use as a substitute, and one where people might not generally notice that you haven’t used ricotta cheese – and if they do, they are sure to love it.
How To Substitute
To substitute cream cheese for ricotta, use a 1:1 ratio. This is because the texture is practically the same, so it has the ability for this.
Also, you should soften its texture too before adding it to your dish by putting it in a pan or using a microwave.
If you want to add some pizzazz to your dish, you could also try using a flavored cream cheese.
For example, one that has been flavored with garlic or even a vegetable version.
This will add an extra oomph to your meal, and no doubt you will want to keep on using cream cheese.
This is particularly great to do on meals for the children who perhaps don’t like cheese. We know, it happens!
Don’t Like Cheese? Use Sour Cream For Ricotta Cheese
Not everybody can eat cheese, despite them wanting to have a meal that uses cheese.
Whilst you could just opt for a dairy free cheese, they aren’t always viable – getting a hold of it in the first place might prove difficult, and wondering if the cost of the small slab of ‘cheese’ is actually worth buying.
Or, maybe you just don’t have any of the other cheesy options available.
When that happens mid-recipe making, then you might be wondering what the heck you can use.
Fear not though, because we have a couple more options that may just save your supper.
One of those substitutes is sour cream. Whilst that might sound a little odd, hear us out first.
This is especially true if you are planning to make something like a lasagna.
In fact, there are many recipes out there that ask for salad cream and not cheese.
If you have some in your fridge, then it might be worth giving this tasty substitution a go.
That is because it really brings out the flavor of the dish and adds some extra creaminess.
How To Substitute
To substitute ricotta cheese for salad cream, add in the latter just like you would the former.
Do be mindful that it is quite drippy, so you will want a knife to spread it along the layers of pasta, and also you might want to use less than if you were using ricotta cheese.
For added cheesiness, sprinkle some shredded parmesan along with the salad cream for extra deliciousness.
Ricotta cheese is such a mild flavor that most of the time it won’t even be missed.
Maybe you might even want to substitute ricotta cheese for something else because you think it is so bland/ We don’t blame you!
Greek Yogurt For A Different Option To Ricotta Cheese
Lastly, you can also use greek yogurt as a substitute for ricotta cheese.
It is similar to using salad cream in the sense of the texture and sourness, and makes a great non-cheesy alternative.
Just make sure that the variety that you go for is plain yogurt, as adding an unnecessary flavor can ruin the whole dish.
Whilst you might think that vanilla will get lost in the cooking, it will not. In fact, the vanilla flavor will actually run through the food.
Oh, and spoiler alert, it is not nice! Well, that is unless you are using greek yogurt for a dessert, but if you are substituting ricotta cheese for it, then that is not the case here.
How To Substitute
Because the texture is quite different to ricotta cheese, you will want to be mindful of how much you had.
The 1:1 ratio will not work here, and instead, add three quarters of a cup of greek yogurt for every cup worth you are supposed to use in the recipe.
Basically, you will want to use less than if you were using ricotta cheese.
Whilst the best option is always to use something that has a cheesy base, sometimes you just have to make do with what you have in the refrigerator, and sometimes that is an open pot of greek yogurt.
Just like with the salad cream, if you do want to add something cheesy and you have parmesan to hand, sprinkle it over the greek yogurt.
This is usually the case when you are making something like a pasta bake or lasagna.