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Simple Italian Elegance with Ricotta and Mascarpone

Posted on: June 8th, 2016

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ways to use ricottaThere are a number of ways to use ricotta and mascarpone for breakfast, lunch, appetizers, supper or dessert!

RICOTTA is wonderfully creamy and high in protein, but it has less than 1/6 of the fat found in a good brie. It’s a natural in both sweet and savory dishes!

Ricotta Serving Ideas

  • Salad: Whisk a little ricotta into your favorite vinaigrette or spoon a dollop over the top of tossed salads.
  • Pasta Sauce: Add a dollop to pasta marinara or use as a finish on any tomato based pasta dish.
  • Pancakes: Try classic recipes with lemon or orange!
  • Shells: Stuff with ricotta, mozzarella, Romano and parsley.
  • Open Face: Use on rustic bread with Nutella or marmalade.

Mascarpone Serving Ideas

MASCARPONE is thick, rich and extra creamy, but has only half the fat of butter. Incredibly versatile, it’s a classic in both sweet and savory dishes.

  • Sweet Dips: Sweeten with honey, fruit syrup, powdered sugar and vanilla or amaretto. Amazing with fruits & berries!
  • More Sweets: Blend with caramel sauce or cinnamon, clove & powdered sugar. Serve with fresh fruit or caramelized bananas.
  • Risotto: Finish with a dollop of mascarpone instead of butter.
  • Grilled: Spread on bread, add other cheeses and grill. Or, try a Grilled
    Mascarpone and Nutella sandwich.
  • Frosting: Whip 8 oz. with a 1.5 cup heavy cream, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla and 1/3 cup sour cream.
  • Ice Cream: Use in place of half the milk for a real treat!

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