Lemon Ricotta Amaretti Budino

Christmas is just around the corner and it is almost hard to believe! Today’s post is a special one because I am sharing my Nonna’s recipe for Lemon Ricotta Amaretti Budino. This is a cake-like pudding (that’s not really a pudding lol) that is made in a bundt pan and it tastes amazing. You will love this recipe!

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares a recipe for Lemon Ricotta Amaretti Budino for the Egg Farmers of Canada. #SimpleCheer

My Nonna was a really good cook. She would make pasta by hand, delicious desserts and most of it with no recipe at all. To this day, no lasagna or gnocchi comes near to hers. This is a dessert that she would make often. It is a family favourite and I have never really seen another Lemon Ricotta Amaretti Budino recipe that is similar.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares a recipe for Lemon Ricotta Amaretti Budino for the Egg Farmers of Canada. #SimpleCheer

This recipe uses several eggs, ricotta cheese, rum, bread crumbs, crushed amaretti cookies and lemon zest. The consistency is soft and it is very moist. It actually tastes better a day after making it, and I love having it with tea. It is a real comfort food for me and something I enjoy eating with my family on a cold winters day.

Lemon ricotta is one of my favourite flavour combinations.  🙂

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares a recipe for Lemon Ricotta Amaretti Budino for the Egg Farmers of Canada. #SimpleCheer

This Lemon Ricotta Amaretti Budino recipe requires 6 fresh eggs, and I am fortunate to have so many local farms around that supply fresh eggs. Eggs are so versatile, and I absolutely always have some in my fridge. In Canada, the eggs are some of the best in the world for quality and freshness. The Eggs travel from the farm to your kitchen in less than 5 days!

Lemon Ricotta Amaretti Budino Recipe

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares a recipe for Lemon Ricotta Amaretti Budino for the Egg Farmers of Canada. #SimpleCheer

Lemon Ricotta Amaretti Budino

Course: Dessert, Sweets
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: cake, pudding
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 192kcal
Author: Bella
Today’s post is a special one because I am sharing my Nonna’s recipe for Lemon Ricotta Amaretti Budino. This is a cake-like pudding (that’s not really a pudding lol) that is made in a bundt pan and it tastes amazing.
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  • 6 eggs
  • 1 Container ricotta cheese
  • 1 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Cup rum
  • 1 lemon zest only
  • 2 Packages Amaretti cookies
  • 1 Cup bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. Shortening to prepare pan
  • 1/4 Cup Icing sugar for sprinkling


  • Heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a bowl, mix eggs, ricotta and sugar together to combine.
  • Grind cookies in food processor or by hand with a rolling pin and then add to the ricotta mixture. Mix to incorporate.
  • Add rum and lemon zest. Mix to combine. Add bread crumbs and mix again.
  • Prepare a bundt pan with a coating of shortening. Then add a sprinkling of bread crumbs over the shortening to coat. Pour ricotta mixture in the pan carefully.
  • Cook for 60 minutes.
  • Cool and remove from bundt pan. Sprinkle with a touch of icing sugar.


Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 124mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 207IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares a recipe for Lemon Ricotta Amaretti Budino for the Egg Farmers of Canada. #SimpleCheer

Happy Holidays! Let me know if you try this budino recipe.


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  1. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen wrote:

    Your Nonna’s lemon bundt cake sounds delicious! I would most definitely try this recipe the next time I wanted lemon cake. Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 12.8.16 Reply
  2. Candy Kage wrote:

    Lemon bundt cake sounds very light and refreshing. Tons of heavy fudge, candy and cookies floating around, this makes a nice change.

    Posted 12.8.16 Reply
  3. That Lemon Ricotta Amaretti Budino looks super yummy! I LOVE lemon bundt cakes so I’ll definitely have to try this recipe out.

    Posted 12.8.16 Reply
  4. Kate wrote:

    YUMMY! That looks absolutely delicious!

    Posted 12.8.16 Reply
  5. Ruthie Ridley wrote:

    This looks amazing!! I want some now!!

    Posted 12.8.16 Reply
  6. mckenna bleu wrote:

    Amazing!! This looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    Posted 12.8.16 Reply
  7. Carrie Colbert wrote:

    How special! Looks really delicious.



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  8. Bill S wrote:

    This looks amazing!!! What a great treat to make for a holiday get together, I know my family would love this.

    Posted 12.8.16 Reply
  9. Samantha wrote:

    Oh wow! This looks so delicious! I soooo want to make it!

    Posted 12.8.16 Reply
  10. Meghan wrote:

    Bella, you got me sold the minute you said lemon ricotta. I am absolutely in love and will definitely give your Nonna’s recipe a try!

    Posted 12.8.16 Reply
  11. Doria Miyata Murphy wrote:

    My mom’s side is Italian and lemon ricotta is one of my favorite combos, too! My mom’s side is full of amazing cooks, you made me think of my Nana (who passed this year). I’ll have to try this for my family <3

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  12. Oh my gosh – this actually looks amazing! Thanks for sharing your special family recipe with us!!

    Jess | jessedelblut.com

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  13. This looks and sounds so yummy! Thanks for sharing the family recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. This sounds delicious! You always have the best recipes! Yum!

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  15. nicole simonetti wrote:

    loooove when lemon & ricotta is used when baking – definitely book marking this recipe! x, nicole // http://www.nicoleeigh.com

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  16. Greta Hollar wrote:

    You have the best recipes! This seems so easy to make and perfect for a holiday party!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

    Posted 12.8.16 Reply
  17. Um this looks totally yummy! I love the tree stump thing that you have it on!

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  18. This cake looks so tender and delicious, I love ricotta and lemon together!

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  19. Oh yum this sounds absolutely amazing – I most definitely need to try this for myself. x

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  20. Lisa Favre wrote:

    You seriously had me at ricotta. I’m eight months pregnant, so seeing recipes like these is making me grab for my drool bib.

    Posted 12.8.16 Reply
  21. Yummy! This looks so delicious and perfect for Christmas morning with a cup of coffee. Will have to give this recipe a try soon. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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  22. This sounds like such a yummy treat for the holidays! I need to get this pan and make it for my family

    Posted 12.8.16 Reply
  23. Shannon Graham wrote:

    Your Nonna sounds like one awesome lady! This recipe looks amazing!

    Posted 12.8.16 Reply
  24. Dawn Gibson-Thigpen wrote:

    yum this looks delish. i would totally love a piece right now

    Posted 12.8.16 Reply
  25. Sharon Glascoe wrote:

    What an amazing cake! Not only does it sound super yummy, it makes for a great presentation!

    Posted 12.8.16 Reply
  26. Ashley wrote:

    I had to check out this recipe after seeing this delicious cake on your instagram! I have to make this!!!

    Posted 12.8.16 Reply
  27. The cake looks really good. I’m a cake lover for sure and I imagine this would pair with a nice cup of hot tea quite nicely.

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  28. Amber Hill wrote:

    I am not a big lemon fan, but when lemon and ricotta come together, sign me up!! This looks amazing!

    Posted 12.8.16 Reply
  29. Liz Mays wrote:

    I’m definitely liking the ingredients. This sounds so flavorful and it looks really pretty too! Awesome recipe!

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  30. This recipe sounds delish! The lemon and ricotta cheese is an interesting combo. Excited to give it a try! Love your Thursday recipes!

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  31. Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew wrote:

    This sounds so good! Great recipe to share for the holidays!

    Posted 12.8.16 Reply
  32. blm03 wrote:

    This looks absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to try it at my house!

    Posted 12.8.16 Reply
  33. Rebecca Swenor wrote:

    This Lemon Ricotta Amaretti Budino sounds and looks delicious. I have to admit that i have never heard of a budino before that I remember anyway. I am going to have to make this awesome recipe for sure for the holidays. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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  34. Nicole Parise wrote:

    This is such a great idea! Looks delicious, and perfect for this time of year!
    xx nicole

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  35. Miss ALK wrote:

    Well this looks absolutely delicious! And how special it’s a family recipe!

    xoxo A

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  36. You had me at ricotta cheese:) I am so trying this over the weekend! Perfect not so sweet recipe too not a huge fan of rich desserts

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  37. OurMiniFamily wrote:

    Oh my gosh I am sitting here literally drooling at the mouth haha!! You’re making me want to have this for lunch!

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  38. Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com wrote:

    Yum this looks and sounds just delicious! I love lemon so why not give this a try, the ricotta sounds really interestingโ€ฆ. Will have to give it a try!

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  39. http://tiarastantrums.com wrote:

    I need to bring a dish to share for our teacher potluck next week and I think a couple of these would work well with all the teachers and staff.

    Posted 12.9.16 Reply
  40. This looks so yummy!! Love it ๐Ÿ™‚

    XO Makayla

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  41. Rutuja Bhagwat wrote:

    Great recipe! Is there an alternative for rum?

    Posted 12.9.16 Reply
  42. Stephanie Pass wrote:

    This looks heavenly. The perfect treat for a holiday dessert!

    Posted 12.10.16 Reply
  43. Chrissy Hme wrote:

    Oh my gosh bella this looks so amazing. I’m telling you it seems like there is nothing like an italian grandma’s cooking.

    Posted 12.11.16 Reply
  44. Hannah Stark wrote:

    Wow this looks amazing!!! I am trying to eat super healthy before the holidays and after seeing this post I might have to break my healthy streak haha! I can’t wait to try this recipe!


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  45. Leslee wrote:

    What size container ricotta? 8oz? 16 oz?

    Posted 12.12.16 Reply
  46. Kristine Circenis wrote:

    This sounds so insanely tasty! I’m going to have to give this recipe a go once I get home at the end of the week.

    Posted 12.13.16 Reply
  47. Bundt cakes are so cute โ€“ I love how the recipes are usually super simple, but the end results always look professional! P.S. You always have the tastiest-looking photos!

    Posted 12.14.16 Reply
  48. maura wrote:

    Hi Bella, I would like to make this lovely Bundt cake for New Years day brunch. What size package of amaretti cookies or how many actual cookies? Also I am assuming you are using the larger container of ricotta (450gm) not the half size one is this correct?

    Posted 12.29.16 Reply