Ricotta Basil Spread

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Ricotta and fresh basil most often are found in your favorite lasagna but this combination tastes great as a spread when a few other fresh ingredients are added. I made this Ricotta Basil Spread for the first time when I was looking for an appetizer to bring to a party. It is easy to make and can be made ahead of time and stored in the frige. I served this Ricotta Basil spread on oven toasted Italian bread. Delicious!


  • 1 1/2 cup part skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 12 fresh basil leaves, washed and dried
  • 1 clove fresh garlic, smashed
 with 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt


  • Place the ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until creamy and smooth in consistency. Adjust seasoning and store tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to three days.
  • Serve on toasted Italian bread, with fresh vegetables, or on a sandwich in place of mayonnaise.
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