ri·​cot·​ta | \ ri-ˈkä-tə How to pronounce ricotta (audio) , -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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Recent Examples on the Web Ladle the soup into bowls and top each portion with a dollop of ricotta, then sprinkle with the Parmesan and basil, and serve. Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2021 Make the filling: In a medium bowl, combine ricotta, Parmesan, zest of 4 lemons, crème fraîche and basil. Eleanore Park, WSJ, 21 Dec. 2021 Instead of a traditional béchamel, this skillet lasagna gets ricotta that's blitzed in the food processor with Parmesan until it’s whipped and airy. Antara Sinha, Bon Appétit, 28 Nov. 2021 Try lobster omelets, lemon ricotta pancakes, quiches, and bellinis. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Oct. 2021 Brunch offerings include a croque monsieur, eggs benedict, and a short stack of lemon ricotta pancakes. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 12 Oct. 2021 The 4,100-square-foot Winter Park First Watch, which offers a menu of dishes including lemon ricotta pancakes and avocado toast, will also have an open-air bar where customers can order drinks such as mimosas or a vodka and kale tonic. Austin Fuller, orlandosentinel.com, 10 Nov. 2020 Rosen says people tell him to use ricotta cheese instead. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, 15 Dec. 2021 The process is similar to making ricotta cheese: simply heat, stir in an acidic element such as lemon juice or vinegar to create curds and whey, and strain. Casey Barber, CNN, 12 Dec. 2021

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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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“Ricotta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ricotta. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of ricotta

: a soft, white Italian cheese

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