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Fresh, homemade ricotta
Photo: Moritz* on Flickr

Ever heard of locust bean gum? If you buy your ricotta at the supermarket, you’re paying for that and other stabilizers that lend a rubbery, gummy texture to the final product. The good news is, if you can cook dried pasta — and if you can’t, click on that link immediately — chances are you can make your own ricotta to toss it with. Before you know it you’ll be in a pasta and veggie-stuffing phase that may never end. Did we mention it makes a killer cheesecake, too?