ri·​cot·​ta | \ri-ˈkä-tə, -ˈkȯ-\

Definition of ricotta 

: a white unripened whey cheese of Italy that resembles cottage cheese also : a similar cheese made in the U.S. from whole or skim milk

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Meanwhile, beat ricotta and milk on medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Whipped Ricotta and Grilled Bread," 10 Aug. 2018 Craft will offer a $65-per-person, three-course brunch that starts with assorted pastries; farmers' market fruit; ricotta and granola for the table. Julie Giuffrida, latimes.com, "Our 2018 Easter dining guide: brunch buffets, mimosas and plenty of eggs," 27 Mar. 2018 Fillings include eggplant, ham and cheese, spinach and ricotta and ragu (tomato sauce with ground beef and peas). Linda Bladholm, miamiherald, "Cakes and confections with an Italian spirit highlight this new Miami Beach bakery | Miami Herald," 22 Mar. 2018 Think: slow-roasted duck hash, chicken salad sandwiches, and ricotta and pignoli salad. Ali Francis, Vogue, "7 Long Island City Restaurants You Should Try Before, Well, Amazon," 20 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, in medium bowl, combine ricotta and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Herbed Ricotta and Fresh Tomato Tart," 17 Aug. 2018 Spread ricotta on each half, then top with zucchini, squash, and scallions. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Grilled Squash Garlic Bread," 25 July 2018 Pesto may, of course, be messed with — parsley instead of basil, or substitute hazelnuts or almonds, or try a goat-cheese or ricotta version — but the classic version is classic for a reason. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "The perfection of pesto: a public service announcement," 18 July 2018 Think ricotta and pear; yogurt and nutella; and passionfruit, but the classic flavors such as pistachio, dark chocolate and tiramisu can be scooped into your cone or cup too. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Take a break from steamy summer with cool, creamy gelato," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of ricotta

1617, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ricotta

Italian, from feminine of past participle of ricuocere to cook again, from Latin recoquere, from re- + coquere to cook — more at cook

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: a soft, white Italian cheese

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