Ricotta is fresh cheese with small soft curds. Its name is Italian for "recooked"; ricotta is made by reheating the whey drained from mozzarella or provolone cheese. Ricotta's mild flavor and loose texture combine well with both sweet and savory ingredients.
The 6-chese Italian blend contains mozzarella, smoked provolone, Parmesan, Romano, Fontina and Asiago. Use another combination of Italian cheeses from your refrigerator in place of the 6-cheese Italian blend. Try Asiago, mozzarella, Parmesan and provolone; shred the cheeses and measure 2 cups.