ri·​sot·​to | \ ri-ˈsȯ-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce risotto (audio) , -ˈzȯ- \
plural risottos

Definition of risotto

: rice cooked usually in meat or seafood stock and seasoned (as with Parmesan cheese or saffron)

Examples of risotto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The main dish of duck and risotto painted the plate with earth-tone abstracts. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "3 of San Antonio’s top restaurants offer fine on the cheap during monthlong Culinaria Restaurant Weeks: Bliss, Restaurant Gwendolyn and Botika," 13 Aug. 2020 Come back later to finish a creamy risotto with parmesan and herbs just before serving. Mercedes Cardona, Good Housekeeping, "Cooking Experts Breakdown Everything You Need to Know About Sous Vide," 10 Aug. 2020 His involvement with the NBA started to mushroom — risotto-style. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "NBA players hated the food inside the bubble. So they called this Detroit chef.," 6 Aug. 2020 Serve fish over risotto, garnish with microgreens and enjoy! Julia Gall, Marie Claire, "What's Cookin' With Rhuigi Villaseñor," 5 July 2020 Why not fashion a risotto such as this for La Festa di San Patrizio? Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Get Cooking: Risotto Verde St. Patrick," 11 Mar. 2020 So while Podesta’s risotto recipe was real, the hint by WikiLeaks that the e-mails had come from a DNC insider, possibly the young staffer Seth Rich, who was killed in a shooting incident in Washington, D.C., in July 2016, was not. Jonathan Freedland, The New York Review of Books, "Disinformed to Death," 3 Aug. 2020 Lloyd, who’d cooked lobster risotto for the Bidens and steak frites for Bill Murray, was stuck at home, making meatloaf. Jessica Contrera, Washington Post, "The lives upended around a $20 cheeseburger," 7 July 2020 And the bed of creamy homemade risotto doesn’t hurt, either. Curry-Citrus Cauliflower Soup with Seared Scallops and Crispy Shallots Think of this soup as your go-to comfort food for the last few months of the year, a.k.a. peak scallop season. Mary Tomlinson, Southern Living, "What Are Scallops? Everything You Need to Know," 30 June 2020

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First Known Use of risotto

1821, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for risotto

Italian, from riso rice — more at rice

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The first known use of risotto was in 1821

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18 Aug 2020

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“Risotto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/risotto. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of risotto

: an Italian dish made with rice and often vegetables or meat

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