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Italian Cream Cheese and Ricotta Cheesecake

This super rich, creamy, tangy, no frills, crustless Italian-style cheesecake is easier than you’d think to prepare at home! It’s always a HUGE hit with everyone at the table. Perfect for holiday desserts, dinner parties, and celebratory meals.

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A few years ago, my Italian in-laws came over for New Year’s Eve, and I wanted to make a delicious dessert to go with our prime rib dinner. I had recently come across a great sale on ricotta cheese, so there was only one thing on my mind…

Cheesecake.

Glorious, decadent cheesecake.

Overhead shot of a whole cheesecake sitting on a red plate.

This is a super rich, creamy, tangy, no frills, crustless Italian-style cheesecake. It was a HUGE hit with everyone at the table. And it was much easier than I had anticipated to prepare!

I made a few changes to the directions from the original recipe. I added some layers of foil on the outside of the pan and then placed that in a baking sheet with a water bath to help cook the cheesecake more evenly and prevent cracking.

I also decided to leave it sit in the oven for an extra hour before I chilled it.

Overhead shot of a whole cheesecake with a slice taken out sitting on a red plate.

The only thing I may change next time is to let it cool on the counter for a while before putting it into the fridge. I had a bit of condensation form under the foil that was covering the cheesecake, and it made a little wet area on top of the cake, which had a bit of discoloration.

All cosmetic.

Still ridiculously delicious.

(Psssst: stay tuned for a post coming up with tips for how to “fix” some common cheesecake troubles – I have some fun tricks for you!)

Overhead shot of two plates, each topped with a slice of Italian Cheesecake

This is a surefire hit for any dinner party! Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to let it chill – several hours to overnight. It just gets better and better the longer it sits in the fridge. But it’s pretty hard to resist picking on it!

I’ve made this cheesecake (and a few variations!) a few times now, and it always turns out deliciously! It’s a really solid Italian cheesecake recipe that has gotten many, many thumbs up. Italians and non-Italians all agree on this one – it’s a keeper!

One final note – go the full fat route when making this cheesecake. But if you do decide to use reduced/fat free, do report back to let me know if it worked out for you!

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Overhead shot of a plate topped with a slice of Italian Cheesecake

Italian Cream Cheese and Ricotta Cheesecake

  • Author: Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley Covelli (adapted from Allrecipes)
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes (plus chilling time)
  • Yield: 8-10 servings
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

This super rich, creamy, tangy, no frills, crustless Italian-style cheesecake is easier than you’d think to prepare at home! It’s always a HUGE hit with everyone at the table. Perfect for holiday desserts, dinner parties, and celebratory meals.


Ingredients

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages full fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (16 ounce) container whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 pint full fat sour cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a springform pan. Wrap the outside of the springform with 2 layers of aluminum foil and place it on top of a baking sheet.
  2. Mix the cream cheese and ricotta cheese together in a mixing bowl until well combined. Stir in the sugar, eggs, lemon juice, vanilla, cornstarch, flour, and butter. Add the sour cream last and stir. Pour the mixture into the prepared springform pan. Pour hot water into the baking sheet until it comes about 1/2 inch up the sides of the springform pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven 1 hour; turn oven off and leave in oven 2 hours more. Cover and allow to chill completely in refrigerator, preferably overnight, before serving.

Notes

If the cheesecake is still warm when you take it out of the oven, let it sit on the counter for a little while before covering and refrigerating it. This will help prevent any condensation from forming on the underside of the foil, which can discolor your cheesecake top.

Recipe adapted from Allrecipes.

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18 Comments

  • Keely

    I just put this recipe together and it’s in the pan…problem however as I just realized that I was supposed to add two packages of cream cheese! Yikes…hoping that it will still cool up ok.

  • Ruth Ackermann

    To keep condensation from “dripping” on your cheeseacke place a few layers of paper towel across the top of the pan and hold in place with the foil…. it will absorb the moisture and no make white puddles on your cheesecake… i do it all the time….

  • Dianna Champlayn

    Ashley I am looking forward to cooking this cheese cake for my prince’s birthday…thus hopefully I can do it justice.
    Cheers thank you.
    Dianna.a passionate cookie

  • Danielle

    Baking this cheesecake as we speak! It’s been in for one hour and still very jiggly and liquidy. Do I continue to bake until it’s firmed up, or does the two hours in the oven off help firm it up?
    Thanks!

    • Ashley

      I haven’t ever checked on it to see if it’s still liquidy after the baking time – I just leave it in the oven for an additional 2 hours to set, so I’m not totally sure. Did you open the oven door to determine the texture? That may allow heat to escape and throw off the cooking time. I hope it works out for you!

  • Amber

    When u wrap the spring pan with foil, do u put water in the other pan I know ppl that has, I’m hoping I don’t have to making it today

    • Ashley

      Yes – the foil helps keep any water from leaking into the pan with the cheesecake mixture in it. The water helps the cheesecake cook more evenly. You could try to do it without, but I’m not sure how well it would bake. Good luck! Let me know how it turns out!

  • Yvonne

    I’ve made this exact recipe for yrs except w/a few differences. When done, I shutoff oven & then crack the door open a few inches. If it won’t stay, put a wooden spoon in the door to keep it open an inch or so. Next, even tho I bake it in a water bath, I put a small 1-2” baking dish of water on oven floor or just under cheesecake while preheating & during bake time. This makes the air very moist & allows the cake to bake without cracking the cake top. And last, once it’s done, I shut the oven off & leave it in the oven OVER NIGHT! Or st least 8-12 hrs! This allows the cake to setup slowly as it cools. Then I refrigerate it loosely covered or in a Tupperware container. Also this cheesecake feeezes AMAZING!! We often cut it & then once frozen. You can remove one slice at a time & it thaws in just a few mins.

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