ri·​cot·​ta ri-ˈkä-tə How to pronounce ricotta (audio)
: 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

Examples of ricotta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Settle in for standout pies such as the squash pizza, which layers ricotta, pesto, and garlic confit on a sourdough crust. Cameron Quincy Todd, Saveur, 15 Nov. 2023 Made with ricotta, Parmigiano-Reggiano, eggs, and flour, the dough comes together in one bowl in less than 30 minutes. Genevieve Yam, Bon Appétit, 17 Oct. 2023 Now, her famous guava and ricotta sweet roll is perhaps the most iconic sweet treat in the entire country—there are lines always queued around the block to order one. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, 24 Oct. 2023 Take her ricotta gnocchi with a slow-roasted tomato-and-garlic sauce, which requires no cooking of spuds. Genevieve Yam, Bon Appétit, 17 Oct. 2023 With Ricotta Cheese Never thought about adding ricotta to egg salad? Abigail Wilt, Southern Living, 9 Aug. 2023 They’re made primarily of ricotta cheese prepared at the restaurant, along with a small amount of double-zero flour, nutmeg, black pepper, Parmesan and egg to hold their shape. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2023 Get The Recipe 58 of 70 Red Pepper, Potato, and Ricotta Frittata Creamy ricotta cheese is the perfect topper on this hearty frittata recipe. Mary Shannon Wells, Southern Living, 13 Oct. 2023 Add vanilla seeds to the ricotta, mascarpone and lemon zest. Lauren Joseph, New York Times, 28 July 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1617, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ricotta was in 1617

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Cite this Entry

“Ricotta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ricotta. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


ri·​cot·​ta ri-ˈkät-ə How to pronounce ricotta (audio)
: a soft, white Italian cheese

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