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So versatile, make ahead easy and freezer friendly. Serve with the freshest veggies and crusty bread or crackers. Pesto-Spinach Whipped Ricotta Dip whips up in no time flat for easy entertaining. vegetarian + gluten free

Pesto-Spinach Whipped Ricotta Dip

So versatile, make ahead easy and freezer friendly. Serve with the freshest veggies and crusty bread or crackers. Pesto-Spinach Whipped Ricotta Dip whips up in no time flat for easy entertaining. vegetarian + gluten free

Course Appetizer, Condiment, Spread
Cuisine American
Keyword Pesto Dip, Ricotta Dip, Whipped Ricotta Recipe
Total Time 10 minutes
Author Traci York | Vanilla And Bean

Ingredients

For 3 Cups (690g):

  • 1/4 C (40g) Pine Nuts or Almonds for garnish, optional
  • 16 oz (453g) Whole Milk Ricotta I like con latte
  • 2 1/2 C (100g) Fresh Spinach packed
  • 1/2 C (125g) Pesto choose your favorite! I like basil or garlic scape
  • 2-3 tsp Fresh Garlic grated, or 3-4 cloves of garlic (go for 4 if you loove garlic!)
  • 3/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 3/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 3/4 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 Lemon Zest and Juice
  • Fresh Ground Pepper

For 1 1/2 Cups (345g):

  • 2 Tbs Pine Nuts or Almonds for garnish, optional
  • 8 oz (227g) Whole Milk Ricotta I like con latte
  • 1 1/4 C (50g) Fresh Spinach packed
  • 1/4 C (75g) Pesto choose your favorite! I like basil or garlic scape
  • 1-2 tsp Fresh Garlic grated, or 2-3 cloves of garlic (go for 3 if you loove garlic!)
  • 1/4 + 1/8 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 + 1/8 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/4 + 1/8 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Lemon Zest
  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice
  • Fresh Ground Pepper

Instructions

  1. If using nuts for the garnish - this is completely optional, preheat oven to 350F (180C) and toast the pine nuts for about 9-12 minutes (almonds for 12-14 minutes) or until golden and fragrant. If using almonds, give em' a good chop after they've cooled. 

  2. To the bowl of a food processor, add the ricotta, spinach, pesto, garlic, salt, pepper flakes, oregano, lemon zest and juice, and a few grinds of fresh ground pepper. Process until the spinach is finely chopped and ingredients are smooth and creamy, about 45 seconds, scraping down the bowl once while processing. 

  3. Serve chilled or right away with fresh veggies, mini sourdough toasts, or crackers. Store in a lidded container for up to three days or freeze for up to a month. Whisk the ricotta after thawing as it tends to clump, but it'll rewhip beautifully.