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If your only experience with ricotta is a few attempts to make lasagna, it’s time to reintroduce yourself to the creamy Italian cheese. From an airy crostini topping to the secret ingredient in extra-fluffy pancakes, ricotta is as versatile in the kitchen as it is tasty. (And we admit—we’ve eaten it directly out of the container on more than one occasion.) For a little inspo of your own, here are 15 ways to include it in breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between.

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Raspberry Ricotta Croissant French Toast

Your decadent brunch is now ready in 30 minutes. (Extra maple syrup, please.)

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Lasagna Stuffed Zucchini Boats

A grain-free, one-pan dish that makes a quick and tasty weeknight dinner for the entire family.

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Broiled Citrus Ricotta Toast

This heavenly toasted brioche is slathered with cinnamon-sugar butter and ricotta, then topped with honey-broiled citrus and sea salt. Have you ever seen anything more beautiful?

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Sweet and Spicy Corn Pasta with Ricotta and Chives

We’re gonna let you in on a secret: Ricotta makes a delightfully creamy pasta sauce. (Thanks for the tip, Phoebe Lapine.)

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Sweet Potato And Caramelized Onion Pizza

With this recipe from Coterie member Heidi Larsen, you can whip up your own pie with just ten minutes of active prep.

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Mini Spinach-Ricotta Calzones

Take your next party to a new level with these cheesy bites that are deceptively easy to make.

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Kale and Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Forget lasagna; it’s time to start stuffing giant pasta shells with greens and cheese.

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Zucchini Ricotta Galette

Savory pie for dinner? Sign us up. (And best of all, it’s ridiculously easy to make.)

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Gougeres Tea Sandwiches With Spiced Carrots, Tapenade and Ricotta

Don’t be alarmed by the total cooking time—that’s just how long it takes to marinate the carrots. (Meanwhile, sip some wine.)

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Bacon, Fig and Ricotta Tartines

Fact: Everything is better with bacon. Especially when it’s this fancy looking.

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Lemon Ricotta Zucchini Pasta with Kalamata Olives

Fewer than ten ingredients and done in less than 20 minutes—Coterie member Ali Maffucci knows us too well.

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Honey-Lemon Ricotta Breakfast Toast with Figs and Pistachios

We don’t care what the Wheaties box says—the breakfast of champions is sliced figs with low-fat ricotta. (Thanks, Monique Volz.)

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Mediterranean Roasted Sweet Potato and Farro Salad

You can easily make it nut-free, gluten-free and dairy-free, too.

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Baked Spaghetti with Ricotta

The ultimate family-style meal that includes pasta, tomato sauce, cheese and a way to tuck in some hidden veggies.

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Ricotta-Honey Ice Cream

Forget Häagen-Dazs. You can craft your own ice cream without any fancy equipment. (And it will taste even better.)

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