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cheese mixture in a red bowl with a wooden spoon and ziti noodles behind it

Ricotta Cheese Mixture

This ricotta cheese mixture combines three kinds of cheeses and seasonings and is perfect for filling your favorite Italian baked dishes - lasagna, baked ziti, manicotti and more.
Course Ingredient, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword baked ziti, cheese, cheese filling, lasagna, manicotti, ricotta, ricotta filling, vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 168kcal


  • 32 oz ricotta cheese (2 lb. container, whole milk)
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese (part skim or whole milk)
  • cup grated Romano or Parmesan cheese*
  • 2 eggs
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • ½ cup fresh parsley leaves (finely chopped)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder (optional)


  • Place ricotta cheese in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add mozzarella and Romano cheeses and stir.
  • Stir in eggs.
  • Add in black pepper and parsley as well as the garlic powder if you're using it. Stir together and refrigerate until ready to use.



This recipe can be used for up to 16 oz. lasagna noodles, up to 16 oz. ziti or penne pasta, 8-12 oz. jumbo shells, or a count of 12-16 manicotti shells (traditional or gluten-free).
*Note that most Romano and Parmesan cheeses are not technically vegetarian as they typically contain animal rennet. However, BelGioioso and 365 by Whole Foods are two brands that offer a vegetarian-friendly Parmesan.
If you find that your ricotta is too watery, strain it using cheesecloth before mixing it with the other ingredients. To do so, scoop ricotta into a large cheesecloth. Pull up the corners of the cheesecloth and twist to form a bundle. Hold the bundle of cheese over a bowl so the water will drip into it. Keep a tight hold of the bundle with one hand and start squeezing with your other hand from the top down to remove excess water.


Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Fiber: 1g