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[ri-saw-toh, -soh-toh, -sot-oh; Italian ree-zawt-taw] /rɪˈsɔ toʊ, -ˈsoʊ toʊ, -ˈsɒt oʊ; Italian riˈzɔt tɔ/
noun, Italian Cookery.
a dish of rice cooked with broth and flavored with grated cheese and other ingredients.
Origin of risotto
1850-55; < Italian, derivative of riso rice Unabridged
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  • We had dinner that night on the balcony of the hotel, my first taste of risotto with champagne.
  • Ingredients for cream of lettuce soup, risotto with radicchio, and peach sorbet are handpicked from the organic kitchen garden.
  • The recipe is really no different from what you'd do to make a risotto.
  • Sweet bay shrimp meld perfectly with grilled corn and creamy risotto.
  • We also had a little side of leftovers from the night before of zucchini and shrimp risotto.
  • Roasted squash pairs well with collard greens in this rich risotto.
  • The week of the beet continues with a recipe for a rich-tasting, decidedly pink risotto.
  • Roasted winter squash adds sweetness and color to this risotto.
  • It doesn't have enough starch for the broth, which is what makes a good risotto creamy.
  • Now the column ends with a lovely risotto that calls for ripe and deeply flavored, juicy tomatoes, which are at the markets now.
British Dictionary definitions for risotto


noun (pl) -tos
a dish of rice cooked in stock and served variously with tomatoes, cheese, chicken, etc
Word Origin
C19: from Italian, from risorice
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Word Origin and History for risotto

rice cooked in broth with meat and cheese, 1848, from Italian risotto, from riso "rice" (see rice). At first in Italian contexts; it begins to appear in English cookery books c.1880.

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