Ricotta cheese must be the easiest cheese ever to make. Do you have some milk near its use-by date in the fridge that you don't know what to do with? Don't throw it out. Make some cheese. Trust me, you'll be so pleased with yourself, you'll wonder why you haven't tried it before.
This is the simplest ricotta cheese to make. No adding cream. Just basic milk. Super cheap to make and great for using up milk that is about to turn.
Here's how to do it:
Heat 1 litre milk with a pinch a salt until it is almost at a simmer (I took mine to about 85 degrees on a candy thermometer). Then remove from heat and stir through 1/3 cup white vinegar. Don't stir too much! You'll see the curds and whey start to separate immediately. Let it sit for a few minutes in the pot and then strain through a muslin cloth until the whey has all dripped away (about 15 mins).
What you are left with is very basic ricotta cheese!
Dress it up any way you like. I can say first hand, it definitely turns into really great pie!