I had a special request one weekend to make Ricotta Herb Souffle, a recipe I experimented with early on. (This guest was one of my guinea pigs.) It turned out perfect and my guests enjoyed every bite. I decided to share the recipe for this well loved dish on my website. A little time consuming to prepare but well worth it. I usually serve the souffle with oven roasted tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms and a yummy coffee cake or muffins. Give it a try, I’m sure you will enjoy this lovely souffle!
Ricotta Herb Souffle Serves 8
4 oz butter plus extra melted for greasing
2/3 cup flour
1 cup milk
1 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
8 eggs, separated
8 tbls finely chopped fresh herbs (parsley, thyme and rosemary)
1 1/2 cup light cream
8 tbls grated P
Heat oven to 350 degrees and grease 8 3 1/2 inch ramekins with melted butter and set in large pyrex baking dishes. Melt the butter in a large saucepan, add flour and cook for 30 seconds stirring constantly. Whisk in milk and continue whisking over low heat until you get a very thick white sauce. Remove from the heat and beat in ricotta, then the egg yolks and herbs and season well with salt and pepper.
Beat the egg whites until stiff and then fold in the ricotta mixture. Spoon into the prepared dishes and fill pan with boiling water to halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until well risen and browned. May take longer; browner is better. Remove from the oven and from water bath. Let cool for 10 to 15 minutes, then gently ease from the ramekins ( if they don’t come out easily, wait a little longer- if you can handle the ramekin its probably time) and place in the now emptied and greased pyrex. Cover with plastic and set aside until ready for second baking.
Increase oven to 400 degrees. Remove plastic and pour cream evenly over the top of souffles and sprinkle with Parmesan. Return to the oven for approximately 15 minutes and serve immediately.