This Italian ricotta pie recipe will quickly become a family favorite. Perfectly sweet ricotta cheese combines with lemon zest, almond extract, and a bit of sugar to make a classic Italian dessert to finish off your Easter meal. But by all means, don't wait till Easter to enjoy this sweet & creamy pie!
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The Best Ricotta Pie Recipe
If you've never heard of ricotta cheese pie, get ready to have your mind blown. This pie is filled with sweet ricotta cheese with the perfect balance of lemon juice and complimentary flavors.
It's so good that you'll have a hard time not eating the creamy filling out of the bowl with a spoon! Who would have thought that creamy ricotta cheese could be baked into a delicious buttery pie crust and served as dessert, right?!
Seriously, this just might be one of the most delicious Italian desserts out there, and it's a family recipe that I can't wait for you to try.
Now, Easter ricotta pie is a tradition, but I personally believe this delicious pie should be enjoyed throughout the whole year! It's perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, any celebration, or even just a weeknight dessert.
And this is hands down the best Italian ricotta pie recipe out there. Plus, it takes just 10 minutes to prep, and then it cooks in under an hour. So, in just about no time, you'll have this pie on the table and ready to be devoured by your family.
Oh, and if you're looking for more delicious pie recipes check out some of our most popular ones - like this coconut pie, fudge pie, or this million dollar pie next! And for something a little different, you can make this sopapilla cheesecake.
As I alluded to earlier, the ingredient list for this ricotta cheese pie is really about as short as it gets for a pie recipe.
Here's everything you'll need to make this Italian ricotta pie:
- 1 tbsp. Unsalted Butter, melted
- 1 tbsp. All-Purpose Flour
- 2 Pie Crusts
- Just over 2 ½ cups Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
- ¾ cup Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- ¼ cup Lemon Juice
- 1 tsp. Lemon Zest
- 1 tsp. Almond Extract
- 1 Egg White
Sounds delicious right?
As you can see, you'll need two premade pie crusts to make this recipe. And I think buying premade pie dough always yields the best results, and it's the most convenient choice. But if you want, feel free to make your own pie dough from scratch!
By the way, some ricotta pies are made with confectioners sugar, so feel free to substitute the granulated sugar for powdered sugar to use for your ricotta filling. I just personally like using granulated sugar better.
As for the ricotta cheese filling, you'll want to use whole milk cheese for the best results. But any kind of ricotta cheese you have will work well, too it just won't be as flavorful. And if you love ricotta, you can use any leftovers you have to make this baked ricotta or beef lasagna.
Oh, and if you need to make a trip to the store, you might want to check out this Italian hangover cake next. It uses a lot of the same ingredients.
Changing Your Ricotta Pie Recipe
As if this recipe couldn't get any better, there are plenty of ways to modify it to make each ricotta pie special.
Here are some of my favorite ways to change it up:
- Swap lemon zest for orange zest
- Swap almond extract for vanilla extract
- Add mini chocolate chips for a cannoli-like pie
- Top your ricotta pie with fresh fruit or strawberry compote before serving
- Top your baked ricotta pie with powdered sugar and a dash of cinnamon
- Add more fresh lemon zest to the ricotta mixture and top with fresh blueberries
How To Make Ricotta Pie
The steps required to make this sweet ricotta pie are pretty simple.
And since were's using pre-made pie dough, the process is even easier. All you really have to do is prepare the sweet crust and make the ricotta filling.
Now, let's not waste any more time, let's make one of the best Italian desserts ever!
Step 1: Bake The Pie Crust
First, we'll prepare the pie crust. Start by rubbing butter on the surface of the pie pan and sides of the pie dish, and top with a little flour.
Then, poke some holes on the surface of the pie crust, put a sheet of parchment paper on it, and then put an oven-safe circular baking dish - or a bag of rice - on top of the crust in the pie pan.
Now, bake the pie crust at 350° (180°C) for 12 minutes.
Step 2: Make The Ricotta filling Mixture
While the crust is baking, you can prepare the ricotta filling.
To do that, add the whole milk ricotta cheese, sugar, eggs, lemon juice, lemon zest, and almond extract to a large mixing bowl.
Then, with a hand mixer - or whisk - mix all the filling ingredients together until well combined.
Step 3: Assemble The Pie
Once the pie crust is baked, pour the filling on top of the prepared pie crust on the pie plate.
Then brush the rim of the pie crust with a whisked egg white and top the pie with the other pie crust.
Next, press the edges of the crusts with a fork and make indentations all the way around the dough, and cut off any excess pie crust. Finally, before baking, poke a few holes or slits in the top of the crust.
Step 4: Bake The Ricotta Pie
Now that the pie is assembled, transfer the pie pan to the oven and bake for 45 minutes-1 hour, or until the pie is golden brown.
Then, once it's baked to perfection, let the pie cool completely on the pie plate before slicing and serve at room temperature or slightly chilled.
How To Store Italian Ricotta Pie
This ricotta pie recipe will make about 8 pieces of pie, depending on how you slice it. And if you serve it as an Easter ricotta pie or for another holiday celebration, odds are you won't have any leftovers.
But, if you do have some left over, you can store this ricotta pie in an airtight container, or wrapped tightly with plastic wrap in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Oh, and since this Italian dessert is typically served at room temperature or cold, you don't need to worry about reheating it.
By the way, if you want to keep your ricotta pie for even longer, you can store it in the freezer in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap and place it in a freezer-safe bag for up to 6 months.
Then, whenever you want a slice, just let it defrost in the refrigerator and enjoy.
FAQS About This Ricotta Pie Recipe
What is ricotta pie made of?
Ricotta pie is made of a buttery pie crust with a creamy filling that consists of ricotta, sugar, eggs, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
How long does it take to bake a ricotta pie?
It takes about 45 minutes to bake a ricotta pie so the filling is perfectly set and cooked through.
How much sugar is in a ricotta pie?
There is just under one cup of sugar in a ricotta pie.
What can you do with ricotta?
You can do so many things with ricotta, such as making a pie or other sweet treats like cookies or a ricotta cheesecake. For savory recipes, you can make lasagna, other pasta, pizzas, and so much more
Wrapping It All Up
Well, that's how to make ricotta pie from scratch.
This recipe is sure to become a family staple that's made for years to come.
Seriously, this sweet ricotta pie recipe is just too good to resist. It's loaded with simple and flavorful ingredients that come together to create one delicious and authentic Italian recipe.
And as delicious as this pie is, it's even better when shared with family and friends - so be sure to share it with 'em too.
As always, if you gave this Italian ricotta pie a try, leave a comment below and let me know how it went!
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- Rub the butter on the surface of a pie dish and top with a little flour. Put one pie crust in the dish, make holes with a fork, put a piece of parchment paper on top, and place a heavy baking safe dish on the crust.
- Bake the crust for 12 minutes at 350°F (180ºC).
- In a bowl, combine ricotta, sugar, eggs, lemon juice, lemon zest, and almond extract, mix with a hand mixer until well combined.
- Pour the mixture over the baked pie crust.
- Brush the rim of the pie crust with egg white and top with the other pie crust. Press the edges with a fork and cut the excess dough. Make a couple of holes with a fork on the top.
- Bake for 45 minutes-1 hour, or until the pie is golden brown. Let it cool completely before slicing. Enjoy!
Serving Size:1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 351Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 14g