You Can Do This: Make Fresh Ricotta at Home

04/16/2014 at 01:19 PM ET

Ali Rosen is the host and founder of Potluck Video, a food and drink website that takes you behind the culinary scene with celebrity chefs, restaurateurs, producers, mixologists and more.

Think making your own cheese sounds intimidating? Think again.

Chef Justin Simile of N.Y.C. restaurant Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria has a recipe for ricotta that he thinks can hook anyone on homemade cheese.

Ricotta is a great cheese to start with, says Similie, calling the process “super easy.”

The most important thing is to begin with the right ingredients. You may need to go to a cheesemonger to get items like rennet, an enzyme used in cheese making, but the most essential ingredient is the simplest: milk.

The reason behind that is simple as well: “Using a really good quality milk will ensure that you have a really good flavored ricotta,” Simile says.

Watch the video above for the full recipe. Say cheese!

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