Low-Carb Lemon Ricotta Pie Recipe

Sugar-Free Italian Easter Pie

Laura Dolson

Total Time: 40 min
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 25 min
Servings: 8

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

125 calories
9g fat
3g carbs
8g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving  
Calories 125
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 144mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g  
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 8g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 127mg 10%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 89mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

This is a low-carb, low-calorie version of a lemon ricotta Italian Easter pie (but obviously can be eaten any time). It is also sometimes called a ricotta cheesecake. This is a crustless "pie" but is very similar in flavor and texture (minus the crust). Whole milk ricotta is preferred for this recipe. Part-skim can be used, but the pie comes out grainier and more crumbly. This pie would also work as a Passover dessert (dairy).

Ingredients

  • 1 pound whole milk ricotta cheese (a 15-ounce container works fine)
  • 3 eggs
  • Juice and grated zest of one medium lemon
  • Sugar substitute to equal 2/3 cup of sugar, zero-carb preferred, such as​ liquid sucralose
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash of salt

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

  2. Separate the eggs, and beat the whites until soft peaks form.

  3. Combine the egg yolks and the rest of the ingredients. Taste to see if it's lemony enough, as some lemons are "dryer" and have less juice (average is about 3 tablespoons of juice for a medium lemon). You can add half a teaspoon of lemon extract, or more lemon juice to taste.

  4. Fold egg whites into the mixture and spread in a well-buttered pie pan.

  5. Bake until barely set in the middle (a toothpick will come out clean or almost so) about 25 minutes. Chill completely before serving; about 90 minutes. Serve plain, or with a berry topping such as this strawberry topping or this berry syrup. Sugar-free lemon curd also makes a good topping.

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