Where to buy vegan ricotta cheese:Ricotta is a cheese made in Italy for the first time. It’s white, cool, mild, with a soft, fluffy texture that’s a little sweet. The cow, sheep, cattle or water buffalo milk whey is typically made from ricotta. The whey used to make ricotta has traditionally been obtained from other cheeses. Milk is broken into curds and whey to make most of the cheese. The curds are pressed into cheese and ricotta can be made by using the remaining liquid (whey). Sometimes the whey is combined with whole milk, vinegar or citrus fruits. Then it’s heated and the few curds left on the whey start to coagulate. The curds grow, strengthen and tighten.
Ricotta can be found in a variety of dishes. It’s great for making dips, fluffy pancakes, and low-fat cheesecakes. Ricotta can be added to pizza, mixed into a pasta sauce, or stuffed into the pasta itself (hello, gnocchi, ravioli, and tortellini).
Ricotta can be used to make panna cotta, a sweetened, thickened cream-based Italian dessert. In a blender, combine the cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and salt. The mixture is poured into a pan and chilled for several hours. The dessert can be topped with tangerines, melon, berries, or whatever else you want.