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This creamy homemade ricotta pesto recipe pairs perfectly with pasta, proteins, or veggies! It’s quick, easy, nutritious, and tastes amazing.

Ricotta pesto served in a white bowl.

It’s no secret that I am a HUGE homemade pesto fan. It’s such a great way to add flavour and nutrition to a variety of meals. I’m always looking for ways to change up the recipe, and this ricotta pesto totally hit the spot.

The addition of ricotta made things extra creamy and creates a slightly different flavour profile. As a dietitian, I’m happy to share that ricotta packs in some additional protein and other nutrients, like calcium!

This recipe is quick to make and pairs perfectly with so many different foods. It’s even great for making in advance and keeping it in the fridge for the week to add flavour to your meals and snacks. I’ve included some serving ideas for you below for inspiration! I hope you enjoy it 🙂

Want more delicious sauce recipes? Check out my roundup of healthy homemade sauces + dressings for more ideas!

A large pot of pasta tossed in ricotta pesto.

Ingredients Needed

All you need to make this easy ricotta pesto recipe are 7 simple ingredients:

  • ricotta cheese
  • fresh basil
  • garlic
  • nuts or seeds of choice (I used walnuts)
  • olive oil
  • parmesan (preferably freshly grated!)
  • lemon (optional)

Full ingredient measurements and detailed instructions are located in the recipe card at the bottom of this post!

Recipe Modifications & Swaps

  1. You can use any (unflavoured/raw) nut or seed in this recipe. I personally used walnuts, but some of my other go-to’s for pesto are hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, or pistachios.
  2. If you’d like to add some leafy greens (in addition to the basil), feel free to blend up some spinach, kale, or arugula.
  3. Lemon juice is optional, but it adds a little punch!

How Long Will Homemade Ricotta Pesto Keep?

You can store this ricotta pesto in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days. It’s great for a quick snack (as a dip) or adding flavour to a variety of meals through the week!

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What To Serve With Ricotta Pesto

There are so many things that go with this ricotta pesto! Here are some of my favourite pairings:

  1. The obvious one – pasta! Stir it into a bowl of your favourite pasta for a yummy, creamy sauce.
  2. Proteins – I love topping baked salmon with pesto. It also goes great with shrimp or chicken. Feel free to combine these all into a pasta dish, even!
  3. Grains and veggies – add a dollop of pesto into a grain bowl, or pair it with some roasted veggies for extra flavour.
  4. As a spread – I love using pesto as a sandwich spread or in a wrap.
  5. As a dip – place some pesto in a bowl and pair it with some crackers or crunchy raw veggies, like cucumbers, baby carrots, peppers, or celery.

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Ricotta Nutrition Benefits

Ricotta cheese is a great source of complete protein – a 1/2-cup serving provides about 12 grams.

That same 1/2-cup serving also provides about 20% of your daily calcium intake.

Ricotta also contains smaller amounts of other micronutrients, like:

  • vitamin B12
  • vitamin B6
  • magnesium
  • iron
  • potassium

Basil Nutrition Benefits

Fresh basil is a source of vitamins like:

  • vitamin C
  • vitamin A
  • vitamin K
  • vitamin B6

It’s also a source of minerals like:

  • calcium
  • magnesium
  • potassium
  • iron

Basil is also a source of antioxidants!

Pasta with ricotta pesto in a bowl.

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This creamy homemade ricotta pesto recipe pairs perfectly with pasta, proteins, or veggies! It's quick, easy, nutritious, and tastes amazing.
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup parmesan (freshly grated, if possible)
  • 1/4 cup raw nuts or seeds of choice (I used walnuts)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt + pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a food processor or high-speed blender. Blend until well-combined, adjusting salt and pepper to taste. If a thinner consistency is desired, add a splash of water or extra olive oil and blend again.
  • Use immediately or store in an airtight container in fridge. See notes for serving ideas!

Notes

*SERVINGS: please note that serving size will vary, depending on what you use this pesto for! If using for a pasta sauce, it will be enough for about 4-6 servings.
*STORAGE: You can store this ricotta pesto in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days.
*RECIPE MODIFICATIONS:
  • You can use any (unflavoured/raw) nut or seed in this recipe. I personally used walnuts, but some of my other go-to’s for pesto are hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, or pistachios.
  • If you’d like to add some leafy greens (in addition to the basil), feel free to blend up some spinach, kale, or arugula.
  • Lemon juice is optional, but it adds a little punch!
 
*SERVING IDEAS: There are so many things that go with this ricotta pesto! Here are some of my favourite pairings:
  • The obvious one – pasta! Stir it into a bowl of your favourite pasta for a yummy, creamy sauce.
  • Proteins – I love topping baked salmon with pesto. It also goes great with shrimp or chicken. Feel free to combine these all into a pasta dish, even!
  • Grains and veggies – add a dollop of pesto into a grain bowl, or pair it with some roasted veggies for extra flavour.
  • As a spread – I love using pesto as a sandwich spread or in a wrap.
  • As a dip – place some pesto in a bowl and pair it with some crackers or crunchy raw veggies, like cucumbers, baby carrots, peppers, or celery.

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