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Zesty Ricotta Pie

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One taste and you'll know why all of our Italian friends try to keep this recipe a secret!

What You'll Need

  • 1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (9-inch, 6 ounce) graham cracker pie crust
  • 3 tablespoons raspberry preserves, melted
  • 1 tablespoon chopped blanched almonds

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, with an electric beater, combine ricotta cheese, sugar, lemon zest, eggs, and vanilla. Pour mixture into pie crust.
  3. Bake 7 minutes, reduce temperature to 300 degrees F. and bake for an additional 55 to 65 minutes or until center is set.
  4. Remove from oven and cool 15 to 20 minutes. Spread top with melted raspberry preserves and chopped almonds.


Where do you get lemon zest? Just rub the skin of a lemon over a grater and you've got fresh lemon zest!

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my mom made this often but she put in semi sweet chocplate chips and made her own pie crust, never shared the recipiee with me but this sounds very similar. Can't wait to try it, thanks, anne in newport


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