Recipe: Nonna Romana’s Ricotta Cheesecake

This classic Italian dessert recipe is as easy as it is delicious.

The following recipe, prepared by Chef Rossella Rago, appears on


Serves: 10

For the Cake:

  • 3 pounds fresh ricotta cheese
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/2 pound sugar
  • 2 oranges, zest only
  •  Butter for coating bottom and sides of pan


  1. In a bowl mix together all the ingredients very well.
  2. Coat the bottom and sides of a 9″ springform pan with butter.
  3. Pour the mix in the springform pan.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes at 425F then continue baking for an additional 40 minutes at 380F.
  5. Let it cool and serve.

Join Sunday Supper, OrderISDA’s weekly e-newsletter, for the latest serving of all things Italian. 

Make the pledge and become a member of Italian Sons and Daughters of America today!

Share your favorite recipe, and we may feature it on our website.

Join the conversation, and share recipes, travel tips and stories.