This Whipped Ricotta Dip with Honey and Pistachios is an elevated dip that doubles as a spread! Made with a base of smooth, creamy ricotta and topped with crispy salted pistachios and a drizzle of honey, it’s sweet, tangy, savory, and guaranteed to knock your socks off. Serve it with your favorite dippers for a snack or appetizer no one can resist!
Table of Contents
- The Creamy, Dreamy Appetizer You Need
- What Is This Whipped Ricotta Recipe Made Of?
- Whip It Good! How to Make Whipped Ricotta with Honey and Pistachios
- Tips and Tricks for Success
- How to Serve Whipped Ricotta
- When Should I Serve This Easy Whipped Ricotta Dip?
- Can I Make This Recipe Ahead of Time?
- Storing Leftovers
- Common Questions About This Whipped Ricotta with Honey and Pistachios
- More Creamy Dip Recipes to Try
- Whipped Ricotta Dip with Honey and Pistachios Recipe
The Creamy, Dreamy Appetizer You Need
We’re huge fans of ricotta and think it’s a highly underrated cheese. So, we try to give it the appreciation it deserves by using it in a variety of recipes like our one pot lemon ricotta pasta and these easy strawberry cheesecake bars.
However, when we want something super simple that still highlights the tangy flavor of ricotta, this quick whipped ricotta dip is our go-to! Ready in minutes, it looks super fancy and sophisticated.
Plus, this whipped ricotta with honey and pistachios is:
- Created with less than ten ingredients.
- Ready with a total time of less than 30 minutes.
- Made in a single food processor with minimal prep time.
- Easy to make in advance.
- Great for feeding a crowd.
What Is This Whipped Ricotta Recipe Made Of?
Recipes don’t need a million ingredients to be tasty, and this ricotta dip proves it! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Ricotta Cheese – You can’t have whipped ricotta without ricotta cheese! Full-fat varieties work best.
- Heavy Whipping Cream – This helps create a smooth, creamy texture.
- Cream Cheese – Used to add a boost of protein, cream cheese also helps add volume, enhance the flavor, and make the dip extra creamy. Once again, full-fat varieties will result in the best taste and texture.
- Cinnamon – It might seem strange, but trust us on this! It adds extra warmth and depth, enhancing the sweetness of the dip.
- Salt – Just a pinch helps enhance the flavor of the rest of the ingredients.
- Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest – These help balance out some of the heaviness of the fats, creating a vibrant, well-rounded flavor profile.
- Salted Roasted Pistachios – We roast pistachios ourselves, but if you can find them already roasted, it can help save an extra step! No matter what you choose, you’ll want to make sure they’re raw and shelled.
- Honey – A drizzle of honey is the finishing touch! If you want to kick this recipe up a notch, swap out the regular honey for hot honey instead to add a kick of heat.
What’s the Difference Between American Ricotta and Italian Ricotta?
American ricotta is almost always made out of cow’s milk. Meanwhile, Italian ricotta is made from the whey of sheep, cow, or goat milk.
Whip It Good! How to Make Whipped Ricotta with Honey and Pistachios
This recipe requires a few different steps, but it’s still quick and simple to make! Here’s what to do:
Whip the Ricotta
- Combine. Add all the ingredients for the dip to the bowl of a food processor.
- Pulse. Pulse until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
Roast the Pistachios
- Spread. Arrange the pistachios in a single layer on a baking sheet.
- Bake. Drizzle the nuts with olive oil, and add a sprinkle of sea salt. Then, transfer the dish to the oven until the nuts are fragrant. Be careful not to let them burn!
Assemble the Whipped Ricotta Dip
- Plate. Spread the whipped ricotta smoothly over a serving platter.
- Top. Sprinkle the roasted pistachios evenly on top, and finish with a drizzle of honey.
- Serve. Enjoy your whipped ricotta with dippers of choice!
Tips and Tricks for Success
- Strain the Ricotta. Drain excess moisture from the Ricotta cheese before you add it to the rest of the ingredients. This will help create a smooth texture without it being runny.
- Adjust the Consistency. Add more ricotta for a thicker texture. Or, add more heavy whipping cream if you prefer your dip to be a bit thinner.
- Alter the Flavor. Feel free to experiment with different ingredients to suit your flavor preferences. Add herbs and spices like smoked paprika, chili powder, mint, or parsley for a completely new flavor. Opt for different nuts. Blend honey into the dip. Add a drizzle of olive oil, or top off your dip with fruit or veggies! This recipe is super versatile as long as you have a base of ricotta, heavy whipping cream, and cream cheese.
- Bring Down the Temperature. We recommend serving this dip at room temperature. It still tastes great cold, but we think it’s even better warm if you’re serving it with warm bread or crostini!
How to Serve Whipped Ricotta
We love to serve this whipped ricotta recipe as a dip with crostini, pita bread, thick, crusty bread, pita chips, or veggie sticks! However, it’s also great spread over toast, used as a base for roasted veggies, dolloped over salads or grain bowls, and even added to sandwiches.
When Should I Serve This Easy Whipped Ricotta Dip?
There’s never a bad time to enjoy this recipe! Our kids love it as an afternoon snack, but it’s also great as part of a breakfast spread, a party appetizer, or alongside your bread basket at dinner.
It’s elegant enough for special occasions and holidays yet it’s quick and simple enough to serve day to day.
Can I Make This Recipe Ahead of Time?
Yes! If needed, you can make this easy whipped ricotta recipe up to two days in advance.
If you’re planning on making this dip ahead of time, we recommend storing the toppings separately. To keep it fresh, transfer the dip to an airtight container, and store it in the fridge for up to two to three days.
Keep the roasted pistachios in a separate airtight container or bag at room temperature until you’re ready to serve. Then, combine the ingredients, add a drizzle of honey, and enjoy!
Common Questions About This Whipped Ricotta with Honey and Pistachios
If you’re whipped ricotta is runny, it’s likely because the ricotta was not drained or too much whipping cream was added. Luckily, all you have to do is blend more ricotta into the dip, and it should thicken right up!
No, cream cheese is a dense, tangy dairy product made from cow’s milk. Meanwhile, whipped ricotta is ricotta cheese that has been whipped to create a light, airy texture. As a result, it is milder in flavor and denser in consistency.
Ricotta is considered a fairly healthy choice because it contains less fat and salt than most other varieties of cheese.
Absolutely! If your food processor is not large enough to hold double the ingredients, work in batches instead.
There are endless ways to use ricotta! Some of our favorite options include whipped feta with batata harra, creamy whipped feta dip with roasted tomatoes and chickpeas, and one pot lemon ricotta pasta.
More Creamy Dip Recipes to Try
If you enjoy this whipped ricotta dip with honey and pistachios, don’t miss out on more of our favorite dips below!
- Warm Feta Dip with Marinated Olives
- Roasted Red Pepper Dip with Crispy Chickpeas
- Crockpot Spinach and Artichoke Dip
- Baked Queso Dip
Whipped Ricotta Dip with Honey and Pistachios
- ⅓ cup raw shelled pistachios
- Olive oil for drizzling
- 1 teaspoon sea salt more or less to taste
- 16 ounces whole milk ricotta cheese
- ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 ounces full-fat cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 Tablespoons honey or hot honey
For the Roasted Pistachios
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Spread the pistachios in a single layer on a baking sheet.
- Drizzle olive oil and salt on top.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the nuts are fragrant. Be careful not to burn!
For the Whipped Ricotta Dip
- Add the ricotta, cream cheese, heavy cream, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and cinnamon to the bowl of a food processor.
- Pulse until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
- Scoop the mixture onto a serving platter. Sprinkle the roasted pistachios on top. Add a drizzle of honey, if desired.
- Serve with dippers of choice.
- Store the whipped ricotta dip (without the pistachios) in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.