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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As if that wasn’t enough, the polenta triangles on pesto with ricotta and fresh English peas put us over the top. Ina Pinkney, chicagotribune.com, "Interurban Boathouse, Frunchroom and Coffee Joint: Ina's best bets for breakfast this month," 23 May 2018 In another bowl, stir together the ricotta, chopped basil, salt, and black pepper. Karoline Boehm Goodnick, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: A large round of pizza dough is grilled with veggies and ricotta, then drizzled with honey," 9 July 2018 In a large bowl, whisk together the ricotta and heavy cream until the cheese is light and spreadable. Jessica Battilana, SFChronicle.com, "Repertoire: Apricot toast is the summer grilling recipe you need," 10 July 2018 In a large bowl, combine the beef, pork fat, bread-crumb purée, ricotta, Parmesan, parsley, garlic, anchovy paste, chile powder, caraway seeds, ground fennel seeds, salt, and fish sauce. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Be Ambitious This Thanksgiving: 3 Bold Recipes From One of L.A.’s Most Talked About Restaurants," 2 Nov. 2018 Puree ricotta in a food processor until smooth, about 30 seconds. Jade Zimmerman, Country Living, "Rocky Road Pie," 1 Nov. 2018 In a food processor, add the onion, squash, ricotta, goat cheese, basil, almonds, salt, pepper and garlic. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Ciao Ristorante is Italian food with the ultimate Sicilian twist," 3 July 2018 Bruce’s egg yolk cavatelli, wild boar sugo, roasted ramps, carrots and fresh ricotta was also a huge winner. Luis Miguel Echegaray, SI.com, "Talkin' Top Chef, Episode Five: A Snow-Filled Challenge With Camping...And Cake!," 4 Jan. 2018 In a large bowl, combine beef, pork fat, bread-crumb purée, ricotta, Parmesan, parsley, garlic, anchovy paste, chile powder, caraway seeds, ground fennel seeds, salt and fish sauce. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "Cook’s Trick: Go Ahead and Overdo It," 7 Sep. 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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