03/27/2012 09:43 am ET Updated Aug 31, 2012

A Lotta Ricotta

With its delicate, creamy texture and mild sweetness, ricotta is a wonderfully versatile ingredient. It tastes luxurious on its own, but it can also lend richness to pastas and a grounded rustic quality to desserts. We've also discovered that it's a lot of fun to make and is best used while it's very fresh. Here, we show you how to make your own ricotta and work it into snacks, meals and desserts.