ri·​sot·​to ri-ˈsȯ-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce risotto (audio)
plural risottos
: rice cooked usually in meat or seafood stock and seasoned (as with Parmesan cheese or saffron)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Dishes like cuttle-ink risotto with generous chunks of lobster and Nantucket Bay scallop crudo with Persian cucumbers lift the menu above the merely canonical. New York Times, 19 Sep. 2022 In addition to turkey, entrees are short ribs, risotto and salmon. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 6 Nov. 2022 New dinner options include a Brandt New York strip, Kagoshima A5 Wagyu and Brandt dry-aged steak, as well as a fresh herb risotto and cedar-plank ocean trout. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 July 2022 Don’t be mistaken – lunch for the lucky few on race day was where white and red wine flowed and plates were full of medium-rare steaks, seared fish, risotto and asparagus and tortellini. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 13 May 2022 Drop it in a soup, risotto or stew, and the rind melts and permeates the dish with its cheesy, umami characteristic. People Staff, Peoplemag, 24 Oct. 2022 Salads and soups are also on the menu, a Club Sandwich can be made with Spanish ham or salmon, there’s an assortment of risotto, as well as chesses. Allyson Portee, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2022 The special arrived with a hefty serving of risotto, pita triangles with a side of tzatziki, and a Greek salad—all for $14.95, a welcome alternative to my usual $15 salad from Salata or Barnaby's. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 16 Sep. 2022 The entrée—scallops, risotto, and asparagus—offers plenty of savory richness before the presentation of a layered spice cake. Krissa Rossbund, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 July 2022 See More

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Word History


Italian, from riso rice — more at rice

First Known Use

1821, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of risotto was in 1821

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Cite this Entry

“Risotto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/risotto. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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