Italian Ricotta Cheesecake

Atkins Italian Ricotta Cheesecake
Net Carbs
Prep Time: 60 Minutes
Style: Italian
Cook Time: 60 Minutes
Phase: Phase 2









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  • 1 1/2 Cup finely ground walnuts or pecans
  • 2 Tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 32 Ounce-weight whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 4 Ounce-weight cream cheese, softened
  • 4 Each large eggs
  • 1 1/2 Cup granular sugar substitute (sucralose)
  • 3 Tablespoon soy flour
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Teaspoon lemon zest


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line the outside of an 8-inch springform pan with a double layer of aluminum foil. Combine ground nuts, butter, and cinnamon; pat onto bottom and sides of pan. Bake until golden, 10-12 minutes; cool on a wire rack.
  2. In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, process ricotta until very smooth. Add cream cheese; process until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, processing until incorporated. Add sugar substitute, soy flour, vanilla and lemon zest. Process until smooth, scraping down sides as needed. Pour filling into cooled crust; smooth top. 
  3. Bake cheesecake in a water bath until puffed and golden and a toothpick inserted 1 inch from center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool in oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, cool to room temperature on a wire rack, then refrigerate. When well chilled, remove from springform pan, cut into wedges and serve.

How to Calculate Net Carbs

In order to calculate Net Carbs of any whole food item, it's a simple calculation based on the Nutrition Facts panel:

Total Carbohydrates - (Minus) Dietary Fiber = (Equals) Net Carbs

For low carb products sweetened with sugar alcohols (ie: glycerin, maltitol, etc), refer to the Nutrition Facts panel of the product:

Total Carbohydrates - (Minus) Dietary Fiber - (Minus) Sugar alcohol = Net carbs

This reflects the fact that Dietary Fiber doesn't impact blood sugar levels. Sugar alcohols also have a negligible impact on blood sugar, they too are subtracted from total carbs to yield the Net Carb count.