Fresh cheese is made from fresh curds that have not been pressed or aged, making it young, pure, and deliciously creamy. Many of the most beloved types fall under the fresh cheese family, and they’re great for bulking up a meal if you don’t eat meat too. Here are five cheesy recipe recommendations for you to enjoy.
Spinach and ricotta lasagne
Lasagne is one of the most comforting pasta dishes thanks to the sumptuous beef ragù and creamy béchamel sauce, and this vegetarian-friendly version is just as decadent.
“Rich in iron and other essential vitamins, spinach has been enjoyed in Italy for years,” explain the experts at Pasta Evangelists. “Its companion, ricotta, is made throughout Italy by resourceful caseificio (cheesemongers) – the term “ricotta” literally means “re-cooked”, referencing the twice-cooked whey by-product that constitutes the cheese.”
You could also sprinkle mozzarella – another fresh cheese – over the top of the lasagne for a moreish finish.
Recipe: Spinach and ricotta lasagne – Pasta Evangelists
Baked ratatouille and goat’s cheese
This fresh French stew is the perfect way to increase your veggie intake as it commonly includes tomatoes, garlic, onions, courgettes, aubergines, and peppers. As delicious as it is in its traditional form, this baked ratatouille and goat’s cheese dish is definitely worth a try. It’s a heartier meal but not too heavy either.
There are lots of types of goat’s cheese to choose from. You could select a low-strength one if you prefer mild flavours, or a more mature variety that’s been aged a little longer if you’re seeking more depth and complexity.
Recipe: Baked ratatouille and goat’s cheese – BBC Good Food
Heading to Mexico now, why not try out tetelas oaxaca as a change from classic Mexican dishes like tacos, burritos, and quesadillas? These triangular corn tortilla parcels are filled with refried black beans and onions, griddled, and then topped with salsa, Mexican cream (sour cream is a suitable alternative), and Queso Fresco – a mild, fresh, soft, slightly tangy Mexican white cheese.
This versatile recipe can be enjoyed as part of a main meal at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or as a quick appetiser or snack.
Recipe: Tetelas Oaxaca – Mexico in my Kitchen
Paneer butter masala
Cheese and curry might not sound like a match made in heaven, but paneer – a soft Indian cheese – has a mild taste and a dense flavour, meaning it stays intact rather than melting into the sauce. Paneer butter masala is simple yet effective with just six core ingredients (paneer, onion, tomatoes, cashews, cream, and butter) plus spices (garam masala, chill powder, and cardamom).
Be careful not to overcook the paneer as this will give it a rubbery texture. Frying the cheese beforehand can help keep it soft but it won’t add any flavour.
Recipe: Paneer butter masala – Indian Healthy Recipes
When you think of cheesecake, you probably imagine a classic strawberry or New York-style dessert. However, this version from the Philippines would undoubtedly stand out in a line-up thanks to its vibrant purple colour, which comes from the addition of ‘ube’ (purple yam with milk, sugar, and butter).
Like a typical cheesecake, it sits on a biscuit base and is filled with cream cheese and double cream. This recipe is for six mini cheesecakes but you could always adjust the quantities and create one large one instead.
Recipe: Ube cheesecake – Great British Recipes