Lemon-Thyme Whipped Ricotta


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.

Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
8 servings


  • 1 15-ounce container part-skim ricotta

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme, plus more for garnish

  • 2 teaspoons minced shallot or 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives

  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest

  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil


  1. 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.

  2. 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 (per serving)

88 Calories
5g Fat
4g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 88
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 6g 12%
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Vitamin A 245IU 5%
Vitamin C 5mg 5%
Folate 9mcg 2%
Sodium 198mg 9%
Calcium 150mg 12%
Iron 0mg 2%
Magnesium 10mg 2%
Potassium 85mg 2%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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