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A cast iron skillet filled with baked ricotta.

Baked Ricotta with Lemon & Thyme

  • Author: Alexandra Stafford
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings as an appetizer


  • 16 oz. whole milk Ricotta
  • 3 cloves garlic sliced or minced
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh thyme
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup freshly grated parmesan
  • red pepper flakes to taste
  • fresh bread for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl until well combined. Spoon into 1 large (about the size of a 9-inch oven-safe skillet) or several small gratin dishes. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until bubbling and just slightly golden.
  3. Let cool briefly. Serve with fresh bread.
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: baked, ricotta, lemon, herbs