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Italian Mascarpone and Ricotta Cheesecake

This ricotta cheesecake is very light and almost fluffy thanks to the texture of the ricotta itself. It’s not as dense and what you’d expect from a traditional cheesecake.

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I have only three words to describe this Italian mascarpone and ricotta cheesecake: To. Die. For.

Ok, I lied. I have more words. And pictures.

This ricotta cheesecake is very light and almost fluffy thanks to the texture of the ricotta itself. It’s not as dense and what you’d expect from a traditional cheesecake, which for me is fabulous! So if you sometimes feel put off by the density of a traditional cheesecake, you’ll love this lighter version.

What ingredients are needed to make this mascarpone ricotta cheesecake?

This cheesecake is made of a blend of three creamy cheeses — cream cheese, ricotta, and mascarpone. You’ll also need sugar, eggs, vanilla and almond extract and lemon juice to give this a really nice depth of flavor. Of course, you’ll need a crust as well and I’ll be sharing with you my favorite type of homemade yet very easy crust to use with this cheesecake.

Mascarpone Ricotta Cheesecake Ingredients

How is this mascarpone and ricotta cheesecake different than traditional cheesecake?

The flavor is a bit different too as you might expect. The mild flavor of the ricotta blended with the mascarpone makes for a much less rich cheesecake than what you may be familiar with.

I personally don’t love such rich desserts. I’m usually pretty full from dinner when I get to dessert so a rich dessert can just be too much.

You’ll love the flavor boost that comes from a subtle blend of almond extract, vanilla, and lemon juice!

Almond, Vanilla and Lemon

It’s all about the cheese—Mascarpone and Ricotta. Cheesecake’s new BFFs.

The use of these two less common cheeses blended with familiar cream cheese is what really make this stand out from other cheesecake recipes. However, it’s just as easy to throw together as any other cheesecake you may have prepared before.

Mascarpone Ricotta Cheesecake

You can even cheat and use a pre-made crust if you’re short on time. However, the almond crust is really good and really not too hard to make.

Watch step by step how to make this cheesecake.

This is an easy recipe to make if you follow the directions. Check out this quick video that shows each step and the various topping ideas:

What kind of pan do you need to make a cheesecake?

There is a special pan you’ll need to use to make a proper cheesecake — a springform pan. They look like this:Springform Cheesecake Pan RedFor this recipe, you’ll want to use a 9″ springform pan. A springform pan has a bottom that releases from the sides after the cheesecake is cooked.

This special pan is what gives your cheesecake the perfect, low-profile, flat-topped shape you see at restaurants but to really perfect your cheesecake, you’ll need to bake the cheesecake in a water bath.

Water Bath for Cheesecak to prevent cracking

A water bath is an important technique that prevents the top of your cheesecake from cracking. It’s not hard so don’t skip this step!

With a water bath you get a perfectly smooth and flat top to your cheesecake, like this:

How to prevent cheesecake cracking

Read through the recipe directions below for more explanation and watch the video to learn you how to set up your water bath. It’s pretty easy once you have the right tools and you’ll really feel like a pro after you have done it once or twice.

How to Make an Easy and Delicious Honey Oat Crust with Almonds

For the crust, here are the granola bars I start with as a super helpful shortcut:
Honey Oat Granola Bars
You can find these at most grocery stores in the snack aisle or near the breakfast bars. Most popular stores like Walmart and Target carry these. If you can’t find them, a traditional graham cracker crust works well too. Or you can order them on Amazon.

Then just add almonds for added nutty flavor and use a bit of butter and a pinch of salt to bind it all together and an easy and delicious homemade crust!

Granola bar and almond crust

Other helpful tools for making this mascarpone and ricotta cheesecake:

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Italian Mascarpone Ricotta Cheesecake

Italian Mascarpone and Ricotta Cheesecake

This ricotta cheesecake is very light and almost fluffy thanks to the texture of the ricotta itself. It’s not as dense and what you’d expect from a traditional cheesecake.
Author: Angela G.
5 from 6 reviews
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American, Italian
Skill Level: Intermediate
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Yield: 1 cheesecake



  • 4 honey oat granola bars 2 individual packages
  • ¼ cup almonds ground
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp flour


  • 16 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 8 oz mascarpone cheese room temperature
  • 8 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 4 large eggs room temperature


  • Heat Nutella w/ a little milk and drizzle over top
  • Cherry pie filling
  • Caramel sauce drizzled with shaved chocolate
  • Fresh raspberries or other fresh fruit
  • Lemon curd


  • Preheat oven to 325˚F.
  • For the crust: Grind oatmeal bars and almonds together using food processor or a mortar and pestle. Add melted butter and salt and press into bottom of a completely greased springform pan.
  • Bake for 10 minutes at 325˚. Let cool. Mix sugar and flour together and sprinkle over top of crust. (This prevents crust from getting soggy)
  • Prepare the water bath: wrap the bottom of your springform pan with a single sheet of foil, going all the way up the sides and fold over along the top edge or the springform pan. This will block water from coming in. Place the springform pan into a roasting pan and set aside.
  • For the filling: Beat cream cheese, mascarpone cheese, ricotta cheese and sugar in a large bowl until smooth. Beat in lemon juice, vanilla and almond extract. Mix in eggs one at a time. Pour cheesecake mixture into the springform pan overtop of the crust layer.
  • Fill your roasting pan with hot water, half way up the side of the springform pan. Here's a great video from if you need some visuals for preparing a water bath for your cheesecake!
  • Bake at 325˚ until the center of the cheesecake is no longer wobbly when shaken, about 1hr and 5 mins. Let cool then refrigerate, preferably overnight.



Cook time can vary depending on how watery the ricotta is. To reduce cook time, squeeze ricotta cheese using clean hands or cheese cloth to remove excess liquid.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 620kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 202mg | Sodium: 565mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 1463IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 193mg | Iron: 2mg
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Wednesday 23rd of March 2022

Hello, I can’t wait to to try your cheesecake recipe. It sounds delicious! What size pan did you use?

Angela G.

Wednesday 23rd of March 2022

Hi Mirta, I use a 9″ spingform pan. If you use another size, the bake time may vary.


Sunday 27th of February 2022

I would like to substitute amaretti cookies instead of the granola bars. Do you have any idea of the volume measurement of the granola bars once ground up or would the ground up cookies come to a cup - cup and a half.

Angela G.

Sunday 27th of February 2022

I would try to compare oz to oz. It’s 1.5oz you need. Hope this helps!


Tuesday 1st of February 2022

Hi, can I replace the mascarpone with more ricotta?

Angela G.

Tuesday 1st of February 2022

Hi Jane, You can replace mascarpone with cream cheese but not ricotta. Ricotta is pretty loose, you need a thick cheese to complement the ricotta, add richness and help hold the cake together.

Katie Guthrie

Tuesday 25th of January 2022

I recently made this cheesecake for my roommate for her birthday and she loved it! I topped the cheesecake with a homemade raspberry sauce. It was absolutely delicious and light. Next time I make it I will be trying it with a salted Carmel sauce on top.

Thank you for a great/easy recipe!

Angela G.

Wednesday 26th of January 2022

Hi Katie, I'm so glad you enjoyed the cheesecake. Your homemade raspberry sauce sounds delicious!


Monday 20th of December 2021

Baking time took one hour and 30 minutes. No issues with ingredients or bath. Came out perfect. Not one crack

Angela G.

Monday 20th of December 2021

Hi Annie, Thanks for the feedback. The cook time can vary depending on how watery the ricotta is. I'm glad it came out great for you!