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Instant Pot Italian Ricotta Cheesecake

A slice of Italian Ricotta Cheesecake, with raspberry jam topping dripping down the side, on a green plate with a dusting of powdered sugar.

Reader Ray needs an Instant Pot Italian Ricotta Cheesecake recipe. I can’t let him down, can I? Of course not!

I started researching recipes, which broke down into two major techniques. The first is all-ricotta-cheese cakes, usually with the egg separated, the egg whites whipped and folded into the cake. In other words, a ricotta soufflé. The other kind are Italian-American hybrids, using both cream cheese and ricotta cheese. That’s the kind I went with – I’ve never had much luck with soufflés, and separating and whipping seemed like too much work.

After that it was pretty much my standard Instant Pot Cheesecake Technique, with ricotta mixed in. Oh, and a dusting of powdered sugar, and seedless raspberry jam as a topping. Looking for a cheesecake with Italian sprezzatura? Here it is.

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Instant Pot Italian Ricotta Cheesecake

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 pieces of cheesecake


Instant Pot Italian Ricotta Cheesecake. A lighter tasting cheesecake with a mix of ricotta and cream cheese.


8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
15 ounces whole-milk ricotta cheese, drained
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
⅛ teaspoon salt (a pinch)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or ½ tsp vanilla + ½ tsp amaretto liqueur)
Zest of 1 lemon or orange
2 large eggs


  • Powdered sugar 
    Seedless raspberry jam, whisked until smooth


  1. Drain the ricotta and soften the cream cheese for 1 hour: Drain the ricotta in a fine mesh strainer, and soften the cream cheese by leaving it out at room temperature; do both for at least 1 hour.
  2. Prepare the pan: Spray a 7-inch cheesecake pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Make the cheesecake filling: Beat the cream cheese, ricotta, sugar, cornstarch, and salt in an electric mixer on medium speed until the sugar is completely blended, about 3 minutes. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides. Add the vanilla and lemon zest, and beat on medium speed until mixed, about 1 minute. Add the eggs one at a time, beating each on low speed until just blended. (Don’t over-beat the eggs.) Pour the filling into the prepared cheesecake pan.
  4. Lower the cheesecake into the Instant Pot: Put 2 cups of water in the Instant Pot (or pressure cooker). If your steaming rack has handles, set the cheesecake on the rack and slowly lower it into the pot. (If your rack does not have handles, set the rack in the pot, then make an aluminum foil sling for the cheesecake: fold a 2-foot long piece of aluminum foil over a few times until it is a long strip about 4 inches wide. Center the cheesecake pan on the sling and carefully lower it into the pot, setting it on the rack.)
  5. Pressure cook the cheesecake for 20 minutes with a natural pressure release: Lock the lid on the cooker and pressure cook on high for 20 minutes in an Instant Pot (use Manual or Pressure Cook mode) or other electric PC. Or, pressure cook for 20 minutes in a stovetop PC. Let the pressure come down naturally, about 15 minutes more. (If you’re in a hurry, you can quick release any pressure left in the pot after 15 minutes.)
  6. Cool the cheesecake, top with powdered sugar and raspberry jam, and serve: Lift the cheesecake out of the pressure cooker. Loosen the cheesecake by running a paring knife around the edge of the pan. Cool the pan at room temperature for an hour, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight, to set the center. Just before serving, dust the top of the cheesecake generously with powdered sugar, top with the whisked raspberry jam, and serve.


  • This cheesecake does not usually have a crust; if you want one, pack ¾ cup graham cracker crumbs mixed with 2 tablespoons of melted butter into the bottom of the prepared springform pan before adding the cheesecake batter.
  • The cornstarch helps keep the cheesecake from cracking, and a lot of the recipes I saw use it. But, I still get some cracking, even with the cornstarch, as the cheesecake settles. Oh, well.
  • If you have good fresh raspberries available, use them as a topping instead of the jam
  • Different sized pan: I haven’t had time to test them yet. I’ve heard from readers that a 6-inch wide, 3-inch high cheesecake pan will work…but it might take a little extra cooking. I’d go 25 minutes under pressure.
  • Using an 8 Quart pressure cooker? I use this recipe as-is, with my 7-inch cheesecake pan in my 8-quart pressure cooker. It works great. Will it work with a larger pan in the larger cooker? Yes, but it will change the cooking time. I haven’t tested it, so I don’t know how long. If you’ve made larger pressure cooker cheesecakes, let us know how it went in the comments.


  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Instant Pot Italian Ricotta Cheesecake, Pressure Cooker Italian Ricotta Cheesecake, Instant Pot Ricotta Cheesecake

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Hi! I’m Mike Vrobel. I’m a dad and an enthusiastic home cook; an indie cookbook author and food blogger with a day job, a patient spouse, and three kids who would rather have hamburgers for dinner.


  1. Rita says

    .I made this for my hubby last night, we cut into it this evening and it was wonderful! Both the taste and texture were perfect. Cheesecake is one of Hubby’s favorite desserts and I have made it in the past with mixed results. This recipe was simple to make and so easy to bake in the IP!
    I used a 6″x3″ pan in my 8 qt IP and cooked it for 25 minutes under pressure with a natural release. I followed the recipe, except that I didn’t have lemon zest or Amarreto, so I used 1/2 tsp. of vanilla extract and 1 tsp of a good quality lemoncello. I also did not add a crust, which we did not miss (except for the calories!).
    I will definitely be making this again! Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. Heather says

    Great recipe, thank you. My first dessert in the instant pot. I did not drain the ricotta and it came out fine. I also used the crust recipe in the notes.

  3. Dale Waters says

    I purchased Galbani Ricotta Cheese by mistake, not the extra creamy version. I noticed the mixture was a little heavier as I mixed the ingredients. Of course, I used your recipe and this time I allowed the NR to extend to no pressure left in the Instant Pot. There is no weeping and I am pleasantly surprised. I definitely will be making it this way again. I will try it with the creamy version of Ricotta and see what results I get. Again, this is the best recipe I’ve found! Thank you!

  4. I like this recipe because it was simple and the eggs could be added whole. In making this recipe I gently beat the batter and folded in the eggs. The cheesecake was so light and fluffy and did not collapse or fall. I added one and 3/4 tablespoons of Amaretto and topped it with home made lemon curd. Needless to say this recipe did not disappoint! Thank you for a great recipe which will be used many times!

  5. Nancy says

    I haven’t made the recipe yet but it looks interesting. I have made a couple of cheesecakes in my IP, but they were rather bland and not sweet enough. I’m looking forward to giving this a try.

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