The Best Ricotta Toast Ideas for Easy Breakfast and Brunch

Have you just been invited to brunch and don’t have time to prepare anything? Or are you just in the mood for a quick and tasty light lunch or afternoon snack? Well one trendy item that dare I say has pushed avocado toast on the back burner is Ricotta Toast! This easy recipe can be made in many different ways and we’ll give you a few ricotta toast ideas to get you started.

Some great things about ricotta toast are that it’s highly versatile, only requires a few ingredients, and it’s delicious. All you’ll need is a loaf of bread, ricotta cheese, and your favorite sweet or savory toppings. In this post, we’ll explore different ricotta toast ideas for your next brunch inspiration. If you’re vegan, you can use vegan ricotta and have the same results.

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What is Ricotta Toast?

Ricotta toast is a menu item recently trending in popularity that requires only a few ingredients. The main components of ricotta toast are bread, ricotta, and some toppings. It can be sweet, savory, simple, or complex. Regardless of your taste preferences, we’re sharing some tips on how to make ricotta toast, what you should look for in your ingredients, and a few possibilities for combinations. Here are a few ricotta toast ideas to help you with your next ricotta toast recipe. But first, there’s a few things you should consider before jumping in!

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How Do I Make Ricotta Toast?

The main components of Ricotta toast are simply hearty bread and ricotta cheese. It would be best if you started by toasting the bread. For this, coat the slices of bread with a drizzle of olive oil and place on a rimmed baking sheet. If you prefer not to use your oven, place each toast in a cast iron pan over medium heat and heat until golden. 

You can prepare the ricotta however you’d like, or simply eat it plain. You can even whip it in a food processor or a hand mixer for an aerated texture. This creamy whipped ricotta toast really takes it to the next level. While it’s totally optional, you can add whatever toppings you’d like.

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There are infinite flavor combinations, but I recommend sprucing up your ricotta if you have the time. All you’ll need is a small bowl to combine ricotta with your desired ingredients. It’s even better if you allow the flavors to marinate overnight. A little orange or lemon zest and a pinch of salt goes a long way to enhance the flavor of the ricotta in the recipe. 

Then take your piece of toast and cover it with your ricotta mixture. Top with your favorite toppings or fresh fruit and enjoy!

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A Few Notes on Bread Selection:

There are many different types of breads that you can pick. But since bread is the main vehicle for flavor, I recommend something with a bit more flavor complexity. Some of my favorites are crusty bread that’s crusty on the outside and soft on the inside, multigrain bread, or a loaf of sourdough bread. Other good options are artisanal whole grain bread or even a hearty sandwich bread. A benefit is that these breads have a bit more nutrition than conventional white bread. The good news is there is no set guidance on what bread you can use, so select whichever you like. And if you’re gluten-free, you can use a gluten-free bread. Simple ingredients of high quality make this recipe shine. We highly recommend toasting it before if that’s a possibility for you!

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A few notes about Ricotta:

Dairy can be a resource-intensive ingredient. Try to select a locally produced ricotta to limit the transportation emissions as much as possible. Your local grocery store will typically call this out for you, or you can just take a look at the back to see where it was manufactured. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can use homemade ricotta, but this can be a messy process (trust me from past experiences). All of these recipes work if you use vegan ricotta as well. You can try Kite Hill Ricotta, or make your own out of tofu.

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Differences between Ricotta Types:

When you walk in the grocery store, you might notice that there are different types of ricotta, ranging from Fresh, Part Skim, Whole Milk and Salted. For ricotta toast, we recommend using part skim so the moisture is lower. But for your own knowledge, here’s the difference between them:

Fresh ricotta is the most perishable type of ricotta cheese, and it has the highest moisture content. It is made by gently heating whole milk with an acid, such as lemon juice or vinegar. This causes the milk proteins to coagulate and form curds. The curds are then strained and drained to produce a fresh, creamy ricotta cheese. Fresh ricotta has a mild, sweet flavor and a slightly grainy texture.

Part-skim ricotta is made in the same way as fresh ricotta, but it is made with part-skim milk instead of whole milk. This results in a ricotta cheese that is lower in fat and calories than fresh ricotta, but it also has a slightly drier texture and a less creamy flavor.

Whole milk ricotta is made with whole milk, which gives it a richer flavor and a creamier texture than part-skim ricotta. However, it is also higher in fat and calories.

Salted ricotta is simply ricotta cheese that has been salted. The salt helps to preserve the ricotta cheese and also enhances its flavor. Salted ricotta is often used in savory dishes, such as lasagna and cannelloni.

Here is a table that summarizes the key differences between the different types of ricotta cheese:

Understanding Types of Ricotta Cheese

Type of CheeseFat ContentTextureFlavor
Fresh RicottaHighestCreamy, slightly grainyMild, sweet
Part-skim RicottaLowerDrier, slightly less creamyLess creamy
Whole milk RicottaHighestCreamiestRichest
Salted RicottaVariesVariesSalty
ricotta toast recipe idea has sweetened ricotta, figs, and almond slices
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Ricotta Toast Recipe Ideas

In each of these recipe ideas, we’ll walk through how to prepare each component. However, these are simply suggestions and can be modified to your liking. The best thing about ricotta toast is that it is versatile enough to meet any palate. Let us know if you like this post by liking and subscribing. If you make any changes or modifications to the recipes, let me know in the comments below so we can give it a shot!

Ricotta Toast Ideas with Sweet Toppings

Sweetened ricotta is a delicious way to add flavor to your ricotta toast. This was how I was first introduced to ricotta toast, and it could not be easier to prepare. 

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Sweetened Ricotta Recipe for Toasts:

  • 1 cup of ricotta 
  • 1-2 tbsp honey, maple syrup, or agave (depending on your preferred level of sweetness)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of Salt

Mix these all together, and ideally let marinate overnight. This is the perfect way to feed a large crowd for brunch, and your guests will love it! Or it makes a great quick breakfast idea.

Sweetened Ricotta Toast Ideas

  • Top with slivered almonds for a delightful textural element
  • Top with in season fresh fruit like peaches or plums
  • You can also make a berry compote or macerated berries
Sweetened Ricotta toast with slivered almonds
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Ricotta Toast Ideas for Something Sweet and Spicy

Ricotta Toast Recipe with whole grain bread with fresh peaches and hot honey drizzled on top

Ricotta Toast with Peaches and Hot Honey

This one was a repeat recipe for me this past summer. The combination of sweet and spicy was both unique and refreshing. Start by cutting up fresh peaches into thin slices, and then place them on top of your ricotta. This can be sweetened ricotta or plain. If you’re feeling fancy you can grill them for a warm char. Finish it with a drizzle of hot honey and enjoy!

Another way to add some additional heat is to add some red pepper flakes or chili powder on top of any toast.

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Ricotta Toast Ideas for Savory Toasts:

These next few ideas are for savory brunch lovers. Easy enough to prepare, but still satiates for a satisfying meal. 

Ricotta toast with fresh tomatoes and black pepper

An easy recipe for ricotta toast is to mix the ricotta with minced garlic and a little olive oil. Then place a fresh summer tomato on top. You can finish this with flaky sea salt and some cracked black pepper. This is a delicious summer recipe!

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Pumpkin Ricotta + Figs + Sage + Balsamic Toast

This last recipe was the star of the show for ricotta toast brunch! I made a pumpkin ricotta by mixing a little bit of pumpkin puree with ricotta cheese, a little salt, and some lemon juice. Then I added dried sage and fresh figs. To finish it off, I drizzled a little balsamic glaze on top. This combination was so flavorful and delicious!

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We hope you enjoyed this list of ricotta toast recipes! Whether it’s your first time making it or you’ve made it a few times, using just a few simple ingredients, you can make a quick lunch or brunch. Be sure to check out some of our other breakfast recipes like our Vegan Pumpkin Bread or our No Bake Date Bars!

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