toast for dinner – herbed ricotta, 4 ways

toast for dinner - herbed ricotta, 4 ways // the muffin myth

I’ve been a student for 9 of the last 10 years, and have worked full time for all but two of those years. I turned in and defended my thesis last month, and Friday was my last day at the office for four whole weeks.

Paul was away over the weekend, racing (and winning!) a crazy swim-run race in Switzerland, so I had a quiet weekend to myself. On Sunday morning I got out of bed, made some tea, and read a book (I just finished reading Wild, which I loved). As I sat in the quiet of my apartment it dawned on me that this was the first time in quite possibly an entire decade that I had literally nothing to do. No commitments. No responsibilities. No studying. No research. No thesis to write. No lunches to pack. No busy week to strategize for. No trip to pack for. Nothing.

It felt so good.

toast for dinner - herbed ricotta 4 ways // the muffin myth

In the spirit of keeping things simple, it’s time for another instalment in the toast for dinner series!

This time we’re keeping it easy and summery with ricotta cheese fancied up with fresh herbs and whatever toppings your heart desires.

If you’ve got some extra time on your hands and you want a fun DIY project, you can make your own ricotta. It’s pretty much the easiest thing going, but you do need to babysit it as the milk boils. But please don’t feel that making your own ricotta is necessary for this recipe. The point is keeping it quick and easy, and although I do love making my own ricotta, I didn’t bother this time.

toast for dinner - herbed ricotta 4 ways // the muffin myth

I’ll let you in on another secret: you don’t have to herb up the ricotta if you don’t want to. Sure, it’s nice, but there are those moments where we’re hardly capable of more than smearing some plain old ricotta on a cracker and calling that dinner. Judge not, it happens.

If you can muster it, a couple of handfuls of fresh herbs (I used basil and oregano from my balcony garden) roughly chopped and stirred into ricotta with a touch of salt and pepper is practically perfect.

toast for dinner - herbed ricotta 4 ways // the muffin myth

Then all you’ve got to do is toast your bread (I’ve got a beautiful wholegrain beer bread going here), slather with ricotta, and dinner is ready.

You can, of course, go one step further and set out a selection of toppings. This would be the perfect thing to do family style: set out a bowl of ricotta and a platter of toppings so everyone can choose their own adventure. I’ve used sliced tomatoes with basil, cucumbers, and strawberries with a drizzle of really good balsamic vinegar; everything got sprinkled with a bit of flaky sea salt.

Other topping ideas? Sliced pickles, grilled vegetables, a drizzle of olive oil, melon, caramelized onions… what else?

MM_Know_Icon_FINALRicotta is an Italian curd cheese. Traditionally made from whey, a protein-rich by-product of making cheeses, ricotta means ‘cooked again’. Ricotta has a rich but delicate flavour and a grainy texture. The fat content can vary quite a bit, so if you’re watching your weight or cholesterol, you may want to choose part-skim ricotta. Ricotta cheese is rich in protein, calcium, vitamin A and B12.

toast for dinner - herbed ricotta 4 ways // the muffin myth

Toast for dinner, previously: The Smashy Smashy
(You should also check out these gorgeous tartines from my friend Kellie with figs and labneh. She is a fancier lady than I.)
Three years ago: Baked Ricotta (and how to make your own ricotta)
Four years ago: Banana Spelt Weekend Muffins

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toast for dinner - herbed ricotta, 4 ways

A 250g / 1 cup tub of ricotta should serve four people two toasts each, depending on the size of your toast and how thick you spread the ricotta. Mix up the herbs and toppings depending on what's in season and what you like. Herbed ricotta should keep for about a week in an airtight container in the fridge if you don't use it all at once.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4
Author Katie Trant


  • 250 g / 1 cup ricotta
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh oregano leaves
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 slices of whole grain toast


  • Wash and roughly chop the herbs.
  • Stir into the ricotta and season with salt and pepper.
  • Toast bread, spread with ricotta, and top with any desired toppings.
  • Enjoy!



  1. kellie anderson says

    Isn’t it bliss to have nothing to do? At least for a short while. I bet your brain and body can’t keep still for long. Toast for tea is a perfect thing for when you want to do almost nothing but till nourish. And when you are rushed off your feet and only have time to post some bread in a toaster and top with something scrummy my mixed into ricotta. Can I have kimchi on mine? And thanks for the link to my labneh and fig tartines. But they aren’t fancy. they only have a fancy name ;-))

    • themuffinmyth says

      My brain and body are EXHAUSTED! The husband actually popped over to Croatia for a minibreak this week and I refused to go with him because I just want to SLEEP! I’m hoping by the time we fly to Canada next week I’ll be feeling a bit refreshed. But yes, toast for dinner is pretty much perfect for these times, and by all means, kimchi it up!

  2. Beth Berger says

    Brilliant! Toast for dinner is my favorite thing to make when I’m having “me time” and want to keep things simple. Goat cheese would be fantastic with these herbs and toppings as well. Yum!

  3. Deena Kakaya says

    I hope you are enjoying the quiet in life, I remember what that feels like. ..just about…precious moments.

    I will have the herbed ricotta with spuds please 😉 in fact, please hand over your plate, it looks too delicious to share. X


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