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ice cream and strawberries in a bowl
5 from 1 vote

Ricotta Gelato

The tartness of the vinegar combined with the sweet ricotta just makes my mouth water.   Heaven in a bowl.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword ricotta gelato, ricotta gelato recipe, ricotta gelato with balsamic glaze
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 415 kcal
Author Janet Barton


  • 2 cups fresh ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Balsamic Glaze:

  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Garnish:  Diced Strawberries


  1. Place the milk in a medium size saucepan and bring to a simmer.
  2. Combine the egg yolks and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Cream at medium-high speed until very thick and  pale yellow.
  3. Add half of the warm milk to the egg mixture and stir until blended.  Return the new egg mixture  to the sauce pan with remaining milk.
  4. Cook over low heat until the mixture is thick enough to cover a wooden spoon, stirring constantly.
  5. Remove from heat and add vanilla; stir to combine.
  6. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer.
  7. Stir in ricotta cheese until mixture is smooth.  Cover and refrigerate over night or until well chilled.
  8. Freeze in an ice cream maker according the manufacturer's instructions.  Store in an airtight container in the freezer.
  9. In a small skillet combine vinegar and honey.  Heat mixture, stirring constantly, until the mixture is reduced by half and coats the back of a spoon.  Remove from heat and transfer to a container or bowl.  Allow mixture to cook before drizzling on the gelato.
Nutrition Facts
Ricotta Gelato
Amount Per Serving
Calories 415 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 14g70%
Cholesterol 193mg64%
Sodium 102mg4%
Potassium 214mg6%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Sugar 35g39%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 965IU19%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 238mg24%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.