10 Minute Rosemary Ricotta Cheese

Who wants to learn how to make homemade ricotta cheese?


What if it only takes 10 minutes?

And the only equipment you need is a microwaveable bowl, spoon, and colander?

Are you in?


I was reading through my latest Cooking Light magazine last week and saw a recipe for Linguine with Quick Lemon Ricotta that caught my eye.

Homemade ricotta in 10 minutes? Made in the microwave? I’m not sure that would work.

But these magazines test their recipes before publishing, so it has to work, right?

Sunday afternoon, I put it to the test with a few of my own changes.


I started with 2 cups of skim milk, 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt, and 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar.

Mix that together in a large microwave safe bowl and heat on high for 4 minutes.

Once the 4 minutes are over, it won’t look like much has changed.

But then – the magic happens.

Start stirring.


While stirring, you’ll be able to see the curds separating from the liquid whey.

I stirred mine for about 2-3 minutes, slowly, until there was about a half cup of curds.


Once the curds have separated, pour the mixture into a colander lined with cheesecloth (or, if you’re me, a few layers of paper towels or coffee filters).


Let the liquid drain off the cheese for 3-4 minutes.

When the cheese is ready and the liquid is drained off, scrape out of the bowl and add your seasonings.


For this first batch, I added about a 1/2 tsp of salt and 1 Tbsp of fresh rosemary.


So easy, right?

I have a feeling I won’t be buying ricotta anymore. This was so delicious and fast to make.

Since this recipe is so exciting (and possibly life changing), I’ll wait until later to show you what we did with it.


10 Minute Rosemary Ricotta Cheese

Inspired by and Adapted from Cooking Light’s Linguine and Quick Lemon Ricotta recipe

Makes: Roughly 1/2 cup of cheese


  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped


  1. Add milk, yogurt, and vinegar to large microwave safe bowl. Stir together.
  2. Heat milk mixture in microwave on high for 4 minutes.
  3. Remove and stir, slowly, for 2-3 minutes until the curds start to separate from the whey.
  4. Pour mixture into a colander lined with cheesecloth, paper towels, or coffee filters, and let the cheese drain for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Remove cheese from colander and stir in the salt and rosemary.

39 Responses to “10 Minute Rosemary Ricotta Cheese”

  1. #
    The Teenage Taste — July 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I cannot believe I always (mistakenly) thought ricotta cheese was difficult to make! Thanks for sharing, Brandi!

    • admin replied: — July 26th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

      Seriously SO easy! I was shocked when it worked :)

  2. #
    Jersey Girl Cooks — July 26, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Can’t wait to try this. Thanks.

  3. #
    Jenny (@ The Housewife Project) — July 26, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Thanks for this idea! I can’t wait to try it.

  4. #
    Anita Menon — July 26, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    I have a tub of super market bought ricotta cheese in my refrigerator right nw. Will try this and see how it feels.

    I am very excited to try it. Thanks for sharing..

  5. #
    Cookin' Canuck — July 26, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I am intrigued by this method of making ricotta cheese. Adding the rosemary makes this cheese even better!

  6. #
    Jenna — July 26, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    wow brandi! this is amazing!!! looks great and so easy!

  7. #
    Andrea — July 26, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Ahhh this is awesome! I’m definitely going to give this a try!

  8. #
    Erica — July 26, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    GENIUS! I must try this

  9. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — July 26, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    I love ricotta cheese and this homemade version looks amazing! I need to try it,

  10. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — July 26, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    WOW – I make my own Ricotta but haven’t tried it in the microwave! Will have to give this a whirl, love the addition of Rosemary : ) xoxo

  11. #
    Carey @ Positively Blonde — July 26, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Omg! I am so impressed by this! I had no idea you could make your own, AND that it would be so easy!!!

  12. #
    Shannon — July 26, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    woah, that is awesome. i’ve been wanting to make my own cheese… what am i waiting for? :)

  13. #
    Roz — July 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Hi Brandi, wow…I had no idea ricotta could be so easy. Thank you for the inspiration, this has been bookmarked! Have a great day!

  14. #
    Tammy — July 26, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    All I can say is “wow”,
    You amaze me again!

  15. #
    Mercedes — July 26, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    wow, how easy is that! I hope there is an easy way to make it on the stove because I don’t own a microwave… I’ll have to look it up!

  16. #
    TracyP — July 26, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    This is amazing! I can’t wait to experiment with it. Thanks for sharing.

  17. #
    Faith @ For the Health of It — July 26, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    That has to be the coolest idea ever! I wonder if a vegan version could be made with almond milk and soy yogurt! Hmmm…

    • admin replied: — July 27th, 2011 at 4:16 am

      I’m not sure, but if you try it and it works, let me know!

  18. #
    Tina — July 26, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    I’ve seen this homemade ricotta thing and have been wanting to try it out… now i’m going to have to! :) have a safe trip girl!

  19. #
    lynn @ the actor's diet — July 26, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    so awesome! i’ve heard how easy it is to make homemade ricotta but i love the microwave!!!

  20. #
    Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean — July 26, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    amazing! totally trying this

  21. #
    Mama Pea — July 26, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    That’s it, I’m adding rosemary to my next batch of tofu ricotta!

    • admin replied: — July 27th, 2011 at 4:15 am

      Do it! That was my favorite part. So, so good.

  22. #
    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes — July 26, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    holy crow! this doesnt look hard at all! great job :)

  23. #
    marla — July 26, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    I cannot believe how quick and easy this ricotta cheese is! Love the rosemary.

  24. #
    Maris(In Good Taste) — July 26, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    I amazed at this! I am so excited to try this!

  25. #
    amanda — July 26, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Years ago a girl I was living with made Ricotta and it was the best I’ve ever had, but it was such a process. This looks so easy! I’ll have to try it out…I like to dessert it up by putting berries and honey on the ricotta, so good!

    • admin replied: — July 27th, 2011 at 4:15 am

      Me too. I love ricotta with honey!

  26. #
    Stephanie @cookinfanatic — July 27, 2011 at 12:29 am

    whatttttttttt?! i HAVE to try this!!!

  27. #
    sophia — July 27, 2011 at 1:35 am

    Wooow. That certainly sounds super easy!! I’m definitely feeling inspired! This is definitely an experiment I have to partake.

  28. #
    Sarah R — July 27, 2011 at 2:09 am

    Too cool–I’m going to have to try this!

  29. #
    Chris — July 27, 2011 at 2:35 am

    Who knew!?!?! This is the best thing I have read all day. I could live on ricotta. Thanks for brightening my day!

    • admin replied: — July 27th, 2011 at 4:15 am

      thanks Chris! Glad you like it :)

  30. #
    Kathy - Panini Happy — July 29, 2011 at 5:19 am

    I want to try this ASAP! I had a great time learning how to make mozzarella last summer, I’d love to try some homemade ricotta too.

  31. #
    Jayne — August 4, 2011 at 2:31 am

    We don’t have greek yogurt where I live. You reckon normal yogurt might work? Or maybe full fat cream?

    • admin replied: — August 4th, 2011 at 9:08 pm

      I think regular yogurt or cream would work fine.


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