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Whipped Ricotta and Goat Cheese Dip is a Satisfyingly Simple Appetizer

by | Nov 6, 2023 | Recipes

This Whipped Ricotta and Goat Cheese Dip is a powerhouse appetizer that’s ridiculously simple to make. It can be served as a dip, used as a spread, or turned into a sauce for pasta. The possibilities are wide open with this mild, creamy mixture of goat cheese, ricotta cheese, lemon juice, olive oil, and packaged Italian dressing mix!

Close up photo of whipped ricotta and goat cheese dip in a small bowl with a cracker dipped into the dip. The bowl of dip is surrounded by additional crackers around the bowl.

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Do you ever have times where you’re out with friends and everyone’s having such a great time that someone proposes an impromptu weekend get-together? This happens fairly often for me in my friend group.

Some weeks I have the time to make an entree or side dish to share with everyone. Other weeks, life is just too busy and I need something that I can whip up in 15-20 minutes the day of the gathering.

This Whipped Ricotta and Goat Cheese Dip uses 5 common ingredients and checks all of the boxes when I need a quick, simple dish that delights everyone’s tastebuds.

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Whipped Ricotta and Goat Cheese Dip

Whipped goat cheese is one of those dips that serves as a canvas for all of the flavor combinations you could possibly dream up. Typically, it’s made by combining goat cheese with a milder, softer cheese like cream cheese. Goat cheese is already tangy and cream cheese adds to that tang. To keep things a bit more mild, I like to swap the cream cheese out for ricotta cheese.

Close up photo of all ingredients for the whipped ricotta and goat cheese dip that have been blended together in a food processor.

Ricotta cheese is an Italian cheese made from whey. It’s creamy, almost tasteless (in my opinion), and has virtually no salt. Ricotta is often added to pasta dishes to provide a silkiness to sauces. I’ve added it to this dip for its creaminess and its extremely mild flavor. Ricotta’s mildness balances the tang of the goat cheese while its lack of salt balances out the sodium of the packaged Italian dressing mix.

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Ingredients For Whipped Ricotta and Goat Cheese Dip

Overhead photo of the ingredients to make whipped ricotta and goat cheese dip. Ingredients include goat cheese, ricotta cheese, lemon juice, olive oil, and powdered Italian dressing mix.

…a few notes about ingredients and making this Whipped Ricotta and Goat Cheese Dip…

There are two types of ricotta cheese on the market: whole milk ricotta and skim milk ricotta. This Whipped Ricotta and Goat Cheese Dip can be made with either version of ricotta. Also, it doesn’t matter if you use ricotta that’s been previously frozen. When I was testing this recipe, I used skim milk ricotta and it emulsified into a dreamy, creamy dip.

When shooting photos for the recipe, I only had whole milk ricotta on hand. The whole milk ricotta you see in the photo above looks soupy because it had been in my freezer for a while. But, as you can see from the first photo in this post, a previously frozen ricotta also whips up into a dreamy, creamy dip.

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Pinterest pin image for whipped ricotta and goat cheese dip. Image shows the dip in a small bowl that is surrounded by crackers.

Recipe Notes, Tips & Tricks

Ingredient Swaps & Variations – While I use a packaged Italian dressing mix to give this cheese dip its flavor, you could easily opt for other packaged seasoning mixes like a French Onion dip mix, Ranch dressing mix, or your favorite flavor of packaged seasoning for marinades.

If you don’t have any packaged seasoning mixes on hand, rummage through your assorted spice jars and use a single spice or a combination that sounds good to you. Dill on its own is a great option. So is garlic powder either with a bit of dried rosemary or crushed red pepper.

Close up photo of a cracker with whipped ricotta and goat cheese dip on it.

Ways to Use Whipped Ricotta and Goat Cheese Dip Leftovers – I’m willing to bet that you won’t have much of this dip left over. However, there’s plenty to do with any leftovers so that none goes to waste. My favorite way to use any leftovers is to add it to pasta either on its own as the sauce or in a dish that already has a sauce, like lasagna or baked ziti. To turn the dip into a pasta sauce, cook your pasta as usual and then add some of the pasta water to the dip. I like to add the pasta water in increments of one tablespoon until I find my ideal saucy consistency.

Leftovers of this whipped goat cheese also makes a great spread for sandwiches in place of mayo or mustard. You could also use it as a base spread for appetizers like pinwheels and savory tarts and galettes.

How to Make Whipped Ricotta and Goat Cheese Dip

Step 1. Add all ingredients to a food processor.

Overhead instructional photos. Top photo shows all ingredients for whipped ricotta and goat cheese dip added into the bowl of a food processor. Bottom photo shows the food processor bowl after all ingredients have been blended until smooth.

Step 2. Puree the mixture for approximately 1 minute or until everything is blended together well.

Step 3. Scrape down the sides of the food processor bowl. Then puree for another 1-2 minutes or until the mixture becomes fluffy and has a glossy sheen.

Instructional photos. Top photo shows a small spatula being used to scrape down the sides of the food processor bowl. Bottom photo shows a close up of the blended whipped ricotta and goat cheese dip on a spatula.

Step 4. Bam! Your beautiful whipped goat cheese is ready to plate and serve with your favorite crackers or veggies.

Overhead photo of whipped ricotta and goat cheese dip in a bowl surrounded by crackers on a plate.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can cream cheese be subbed for the ricotta cheese?

Sure! If you don’t have any ricotta on hand or just don’t like ricotta, you can absolutely use cream cheese instead.

What can I use to flavor this Whipped Goat Cheese instead of the Italian dressing mix?

Packaged seasoning mixes are convenient. If you don’t have any on hand or don’t want to use something pre-packaged, no worries. You can use any blend of herbs and spices that you think sounds good either on their own or combined together.

Should I use whole milk ricotta cheese or skim milk ricotta cheese?

You can use either! Both will whip up beautifully into a creamy, dreamy dip. You can even use ricotta that you’ve previously frozen!

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Whipped Ricotta and Goat Cheese Dip

Whipped Ricotta and Goat Cheese Dip

Yield: Approx. 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

A silky smooth, slightly tangy blend of ricotta and goat cheeses accented by lemon juice and spices.

Ingredients

  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 packet of powdered Italian dressing mix

Instructions

1. Add all ingredients to the bowl of a large food processor.

2. Blend the mixture for approximately 1 minute, or until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.

3. Scrape down the sides of the food processor bowl. Then blend the ingredients for another 1-2 minutes, or until the mixture becomes fluffy and has a glossy sheen.

4. Transfer whipped ricotta and goat cheese dip to a small serving bowl. Serve with crackers, crostini, or raw veggies.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 100Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 114mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 6g

This nutrition data is provided and calculated by Nutritionix. Please keep in mind that your specific nutritional values may vary based on the brand of ingredients you use to make this recipe.

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