Take your breakfast to a whole new level with this simple recipe for soft ricotta scrambled eggs. It also makes a great comfort food supper!
why we love this recipe
Oh, this recipe!
It almost doesn’t count as being an Actual Recipe, that’s how super simple it is, but there is something about the combo of soft scrambled eggs and creamy ricotta cheese that is just magic.
With the possible exception of my beloved pastina recipe, this is the dish I turn to whenever I (or someone I love) has had A DAY and needs a gentle supper.
(Side note: she still gets kibble for supper even when she looks this tuckered out and cute, but I couldn’t resist throwing in this doggo adorableness. Even if she IS hogging my favorite blanket. And my chair.)
It’s also an easy and elegant way to fancy up your regular brunch menu by only adding another two minutes or so of cooking time. How great is that?
You want to start out by getting your mitts on the best ricotta cheese you can find.
what is ricotta cheese, anyway?
Ricotta is a light, fluffy fresh cheese that is made from the solids that separate from the liquid when you heat up milk with some kind of an acid like lemon juice.
Those solids (otherwise known as curds, as in the Little Miss Muffet nursery rhyme about curds and whey) are strained through cheesecloth and sometimes sprinkled with a little salt.
You can find lovely ricotta in the fancy cheese section of your supermarket, and it is one million times better than the regular kind.
Or! If you have 15 extra minutes, some cheesecloth, some milk and some buttermilk you can make your own, and I’m here to tell you that once you make your own amazing ricotta cheese, there is no turning back.
Here’s how I make homemade ricotta cheese, although I will absolutely still love you if you decide to go for the store-bought kind.
ingredients you need to make this recipe
Ingredient notes and substitutions
- Eggs: Any size is okay – I use extra large
- Milk: Anything but skim is a-ok!
- Chives (or any other fresh herb you love)
- Ricotta Cheese: You’ve heard my pitch for making your own, but store-bought is fine too!
How to make this recipe
(Scroll down for the handy complete printable recipe with nutrition info!)
STEP 1: Take a couple of eggs and a half cup of milk and whisk them up together thoroughly (I also like to scramble eggs by shaking the eggs and the milk vigorously in a mason jar).
STEP 2: Next, heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat and add your egg mixture. Cook it up until the eggs are soft-set, stirring gently from time to time.
STEP 3: When your eggs are just set, gently stir in a half a cup of room temperature ricotta until it is swirled through.
PRO TIP: If your eggs are looking watery (which can sometimes happen as the milk solids separate from the liquid), just slide your finished ricotta eggs into a strainer held over your sink, give it a gentle shake or two and that extra liquid will go right down the drain.
STEP 4: Now, this next step is optional, but if I have some fresh herbs around, I love to chop up a tablespoon or so and stir them in as well. My fave is currently fresh chopped chives, but pretty much any fresh herb is going to work.
Give your lovely eggs a taste and add a sprinkle of sea salt and/or pepper if you feel like it. Now go find your favorite bowl, slip your glorious eggs into it and spoon them up!
Aha, the eternal scrambled eggs question: milk versus water versus nothing! The answer is yes of course – you only want about a tablespoon or two of water if you go that route so your eggs don’t get, well, watery. And if you like a more intense eggy flavor, just whisk them up all by themselves!
Nope! I usually use extra large eggs, but this recipe is flexible enough to accommodate whatever eggs are currently in your fridge.
No worries! Add a little butter or olive oil to your skillet while it is heating up and your eggs will come out just fine.
Pop it in the comments section below and I will answer pronto!
This recipe makes one glorious serving, but it can be doubled, tripled and so on, so everyone can have their heart’s content worth of ricotta scrambled eggs.
And we all lived happily ever after!
want to round out your meal?
Well, you KNOW what goes perfectly with eggs, right? BACON. And this recipe for Cornmeal and Brown Sugar Bacon is the best one I know.
Feeling more like some fruit on the side? How about a recipe for mimosa fruit salad? (What you do with any leftover champagne is up to you!)
We also love us some muffins with our eggs, and out of all our many muffin recipes if I had to pick one, I’m going to have to go with this 20 minute recipe for banana muffins. So. Easy.
Other Simple Egg Recipes We Love
Make a simple egg a heavenly creature with this easy and dramatic recipe for eggs in clouds! It is breakfast magic on a plate.
Oatmeal isn’t just for breakfast anymore, it also makes a fabulous healthy dinner! Try some savory oatmeal with soft-cooked egg and cheddar.
Perfect fried eggs can be yours every time with an unexpected method! So break out the frying pan and the eggs and let’s make breakfast.
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Ricotta Scrambled Eggs
Take your breakfast to a whole new level with this simple recipe for soft scrambled eggs with ricotta. It also makes a great comfort food supper!
- Author: Kate Morgan Jackson
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 1 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup ricotta at room temperature
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives (or any other herb of your choice – all optional!)
- Sea salt and pepper
- Whisk eggs and milk thoroughly together (I also like to scramble eggs by shaking the eggs and the milk vigorously in a mason jar).
- Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat and add eggs. Cook until eggs are soft-set, stirring gently from time to time.
- When eggs are just set, gently stir in ricotta and the fresh herbs if you are using them. Give it a taste and add salt and pepper if you think it needs it.
- Transfer to a bowl and serve it up!
Equipment We Used to Make This Recipe
Water or Milk? You can use water instead of milk if you prefer your eggs dairy-free. You only want about a tablespoon or two of water if you go that route so your eggs don’t get, well, watery. And if you like a more intense eggy flavor, just whisk them up all by themselves!
Egg Size: I usually use extra large eggs, but this recipe is flexible enough to accommodate whatever eggs are currently in your fridge.
Non-Stick Skillet: Don’t have one? No worries! Add a little butter or olive oil to your skillet while it is heating up and your eggs will come out just fine.
Keywords: scrambled eggs with ricotta cheese, how to make scrambled eggs, comfort food eggs recipe
kust found your recipe, including on how to make ricotta!
Thank you for that, I know what I’m going to try this weekend =)
Greetings from Germany
Kate Morgan Jackson says
Hi Vanessa – I’m delighted that you are going to try making the ricotta! Hope you love it as much as we do. :)