This stunning yet easy appetizer recipe infuses creamy ricotta with fresh herbs and lemon. Serve with whole-grain crackers and cut-up vegetables or use as a spread for sandwiches or sauce for pasta.

Danielle Centoni
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2014


Recipe Summary

15 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine ricotta, 2 tablespoons thyme, shallot (or chives), lemon zest, lemon juice, pepper and salt in a food processor. Puree for a few seconds until smooth.

  • Transfer to a serving bowl and swirl the top with the back of a spoon. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with thyme.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.


Nutrition Facts

88 calories; protein 6.2g 12% DV; carbohydrates 3.8g 1% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 0.2g 1% DV; sugars 0.4g; fat 5.4g 8% DV; saturated fat 2.8g 14% DV; cholesterol 16.5mg 6% DV; vitamin a iu 244.8IU 5% DV; vitamin c 4.6mg 8% DV; folate 9.1mcg 2% DV; calcium 149.8mg 15% DV; iron 0.4mg 2% DV; magnesium 10.1mg 4% DV; potassium 85.4mg 2% DV; sodium 198.3mg 8% DV; thiaminmg 1% DV.

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Rating: 4 stars
Delicous rich yet light and amazing! This is a wonderful recipe... I did add an extra tsp of shallot. I don't think it needs the olive oil as a garnish. I was truly surpised at how scrumptious this was. It will be a staple for the weekends and parties! Pros: Low Calorie Elegant Taste Cons: None Read More