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Ricotta-Basil Pancakes with Blistered Tomatoes

photo: Scott Phillips

Yield: 12 to 14 3-1/2-inch pancakes

Servings: 4 to 6

Creamy ricotta, juicy tomatoes, and fresh basil make a winning flavor combination in this delicate pancake. If your ricotta is very wet, drain it in a sieve for 20 minutes to keep the pancakes from becoming too dense.


  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese, drained if necessary
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest (from 1 medium lemon)
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped, plus a few small whole leaves for garnish
  • 5-1/4 oz. (1 cup plus 3 Tbs.) all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, as needed
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size based on 6 servings
  • Calories (kcal) : 350
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 140
  • Fat (g): 15
  • Saturated Fat (g): 8
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 1
  • Cholesterol (mg): 90
  • Sodium (mg): 480
  • Carbohydrates (g): 37
  • Fiber (g): 2
  • Protein (g): 17


Position a rack in the center of the oven, put a baking sheet on the rack, and heat the oven to 200°F.

In a medium bowl, beat the egg and then gently whisk in the ricotta until combined. Gently stir in the milk, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and lemon zest, then stir in the chopped basil. In another medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, 3/4 tsp. salt, and a pinch of black pepper. Gently whisk the wet ingredients into the dry until barely combined. The batter will be lumpy and a bit loose.

Let the batter rest while you heat a griddle or nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot.

Lightly oil the griddle. Working in batches, pour 2 Tbs. of the batter onto the griddle for each pancake, spacing them about 1 inch apart and gently spreading them with the back of a spoon or silicone spatula to a 3-1/2-inch diameter. Let cook, undisturbed, until bubbles rise to the surface and the edges look dry, 1 to 2 minutes. Check the underside of each pancake to make sure it’s nicely browned, then flip. Cook until the second side is nicely browned, about 1 minute more. Transfer the pancakes to the baking sheet and keep warm in the oven while you repeat with the remaining batter.

Raise the heat to medium high. Cook the tomatoes, turning occasionally, until blistered, about 5 minutes total. Serve the pancakes with a spoonful of tomatoes and a drizzle of olive oil. Garnish with the basil leaves.


Leftover pancakes will keep, sealed in freezer bags, for up to 2 days in the refrigerator and up to 1 month in the freezer. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight and reheat in a 350°F oven for 5 minutes.


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