Definition of ricotta in US English:



  • A soft white unsalted Italian cheese.

    • ‘In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, whipping cream and ricotta.’
    • ‘The only thing better than torta di ricotta is fresh ricotta straight off the spoon.’
    • ‘Cheese has as much relevance now as it does in winter; especially the fresh goat cheeses and lighter cheeses such as feta, ricotta and mozzarella.’
    • ‘There are also low fat alternatives to dairy products such as low fat cream cheese, ricotta, cottage cheese, cheddars and yoghurts.’
    • ‘Skim ricotta can replace cream cheese on a bagel or in a vegetable dip.’


Italian, literally ‘recooked, cooked twice’.