Ricotta Gelato Recipe

Photograph: Max Falkowitz

A delicate, not-too-sweet ricotta-flavored ice cream ripe for scooping onto pie and customizing with your favorite add-ins. A teaspoon or two or lemon, orange, or grapefruit zest would be a nice addition, as would dark chocolate or cocoa nibs, candied orange peel and chopped pistachio, or a drizzle of honey.

Look for fresh, finely grained ricotta that doesn't skimp on fat. See our taste test on the best storebought ricotta here; this ice cream was made with Sorrento.

Corn syrup gives the ice cream a smooth, easy to scoop, glossy texture despite its relatively low fat content. Other liquid sugars like agave nectar or honey can't be substituted without altering the recipe.

Recipe Facts

Active: 45 mins
Total: 60 mins
Makes: 1 quart

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  • 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese (see note), chilled
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk, chilled
  • 3/4 cup "light" (clear) corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon kosher salt, to taste
  • Optional mix-ins (see note)


  1. In a blender combine ricotta, milk, corn syrup, and sugar. Blend until very well combined, about 30 seconds. Add salt to taste, 1/4 teaspoon at a time. If adding citrus zest, do so now. If adding larger mix-ins wait until ice cream has almost finished churning.

  2. If ice cream base is sufficiently cold (below 40°F), churn right away. If not, chill blender carafe in refrigerator until base cools.

  3. Churn base in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions. If adding chunky mix-ins, do so in the last minute of churning. Transfer ice cream to airtight container and chill in freezer for at least 4 to 5 hours before serving.

Special equipment

Blender or food processor, ice cream maker

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