Roasted Garlic Whipped Ricotta Dip

dip topped with tomatoes and oil

This Roasted Garlic Whipped Ricotta Dip is the absolute BEST! So creamy, light and loaded with juicy roasted cherry tomatoes. 

You guys, ricotta is having her moment right now. Seriously – I’ve seen ricotta everywhere lately! Whether it be on Tiktok, Instagram, Facebook….ricotta is POPULAR! 

I already have a delicious Whipped Ricotta Toast with Roasted Peaches recipe but I figured why not make a savory ricotta dip? 

And thus, this Roasted Garlic Whipped Ricotta Dip was born! 

Why You’ll Love this Dish:

This dish is a show stopping appetizer! Super crowd pleasing and the best part? It’s SO simple. You can easily whip it up while you’re entertaining guests or enjoying a glass of wine while you’re having an at home date night with your significant other. 

I love how lusciously creamy and light the ricotta gets when you whip it. It already has an amazing flavor on it’s own, but when you take the time to whip it, it becomes this magical, melt in your mouth delicious flavor that you will easily fall in love with. 

side view of garnished dip

You could really just whip the ricotta and be done with it there but why not add in some extra flavor?

Like hello a squeeze of bright and fresh lemon juice, salt for extra goodness and of course – roasted garlic aka the love of my life! Okay, maybe it’s not that serious but I do love me some roasted garlic. 

When you roast garlic, the flavor becomes so much more mellow than the intense raw garlic flavor. It’s slightly sweet from the caramelization and is just truly delightful. Mixed into the ricotta, it is just perfect! 

And how could I not discuss those perfectly roasted cherry tomatoes? Oh my word. They are incredible – so sweet, juicy and I literally found myself eating them directly from the sheet pan with my hands – I kid you not! But I knew I had to save some for the dip itself LOL. 

roasted cherry tomatoes on sheet pan

They add a great texture to the dip itself and are the most beautiful garnish! 

Dip with all the pita chips and you’re set! So let’s get into what you need to make this simple appetizer. 

Ingredients You Need: 

  • Whole milk ricotta 
  • Garlic Bulb 
  • Lemon 
  • Salt and pepper 
  • Cherry tomatoes 
  • Olive oil 
  • Seasoning – salt, pepper, italian seasoning 

Easiest Way to Make Ricotta Dip: 

I almost made this recipe differently – I almost popped all of the ingredients, sans the tomatoes into the food processor to really whip it up – but instead, I figured I didn’t want to do anymore dishes and who even knows if all of my readers have a food processor so….whisk and an arm workout it was! 

Lol, just kidding. It wasn’t too much of an arm workout and it got the job done easily and quickly!

whipped ricotta with whisk in a bowl

Anyway – so I started off this dish by roasting the garlic. Go ahead and preheat the oven to 400. Cut the top of the garlic bulb off to expose the cloves and then try and remove any excess paper off of the bulb. 

Add this to a small sheet of aluminum foil and then add a splash of olive oil as well as a pinch of salt. Carefully wrap the roasted garlic up in the foil, making sure the oil is NOT dripping out and place it directly in the oven. 

overhead shot of dipping cracker in garnished dip

And now your house is about to smell amazing! Ha! This should roast for about 30-35 minutes or until the cloves are fork tender and caramelized when you check it.

Next, on a sheet pan, add the cherry tomatoes and then add a splash of olive oil and the seasonings! Use your hands to make sure they are all covered. 

Add those into the oven and let them roast for 15 minutes. 

While they’re roasting, add the roasted garlic cloves to a large bowl and mash it into a paste like consistency. Add in the ricotta after that, and now it’s time to WHISK. For about 1 minute, whisk the bowl vigorously until the ricotta becomes light and fluffy.

close up of roasted tomatoes on dip

Next, add in the juice of one lemon and a large pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk until combined.

Taste and adjust seasoning if needed – add more salt, more lemon etc. 

And now your tomatoes should be done! Woohoooo. Try to resist the urge to just eat them all off the sheet pan like I did. 

side view of dipping cracker in the dip

Grab a nice bowl, add in the whipped ricotta, top it with those gorgeous cherry tomatoes and a splash of oil if you’d like to add some extra color to the dip and you’re all set. 

Now can someone pass me a bag of pita chips please? Thanks! 

Did you enjoy this recipe? Here are some others you might like: 

Lightened Up Spinach Artichoke Dip 

Cheesy Skillet Roasted Poblano Dip 

Buffalo Cauliflower Dip 

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Roasted Garlic Whipped Ricotta Dip

This Roasted Garlic Whipped Ricotta Dip is the absolute BEST! So creamy, light and loaded with juicy roasted cherry tomatoes. 

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword easy roasted garlic, ricotta dip, roasted tomatoes, whipped ricotta dip
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

Roasted Garlic

  • 1 large bulb garlic 
  • dash of olive oil
  • pinch of salt

Ricotta Dip

  • 16 oz whole milk ricotta 
  • Juice of one lemon 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 

Roasted Tomatoes

  • 2 cups Cherry tomatoes 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil 
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning 
  • large pinch of salt 

Instructions

Roasted Garlic

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut off the top of the garlic bulb to expose bulbs and then remove excess paper. Add a splash of oil and then a pinch of salt. Wrap in foil carefully, making sure none of the oil leaks out and add to the preheated oven. Roast for 30-35 minutes or until garlic cloves are fork tender. 

Roasted Tomatoes

  1. On a sheet pan, add the washed cherry tomatoes with the olive oil, salt, and Italian seasoning. Use your hands to make sure they are evenly coated. Roast for 15 minutes.

Ricotta Dip

  1. Once the tomatoes and garlic are done, add the roasted garlic cloves to a large bowl and mash them into a paste like consistency.

  2. Add in the ricotta next and vigorously whip it for 1 minute until it becomes light. Add in the lemon juice as well as a large pinch of salt and pepper and whisk to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.

  3. Top with cherry tomatoes and a splash of olive oil and more salt and pepper if desired. Serve with pita chips! Enjoy!

2 comments / Add your comment below

  1. 5 stars
    Made this for our annual Oscar party last night. What a hit! (I would have given it a golden statue!) But seriously, make your life easier when putting a party together, and use a food processor. It’s just not worth the extra effort and you’ll never get it as smooth by hand. And yes, the roasted garlic IS worth the little bit of extra. It takes this from a “nice app” to a “what IS this? Can I have the recipe?” It’s a keeper!

    1. Hi Dawne!! Wow, what a FUN review and I’m so glad this recipe would’ve won the Oscar 😉 So glad you and your party guests enjoyed!!! -Haylie

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