: paste in processed form (as macaroni) or in the form of fresh dough (as ravioli)
: a dish of cooked pasta
Examples of PASTA
- They ordered pasta with meat sauce.
- Breads and pastas are high in carbohydrates.
Origin of PASTA
Italian, from Late Latin
First Known Use: 1847
pasta noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Any of several starchy food pastes (pasta alimentaria) made from semolina, the purified middlings (endosperm) of a hard wheat called durum. Pasta is traditionally associated with Italian cuisine, though it may have entered Europe from Asia during the Mongol invasions of the 13th century. In making pasta, semolina dough is rolled out and sliced or compacted and forced through perforated plates (dies) that form it into the desired shape. It is produced in the form of sheets, ribbons, cords, tubes, and other shapes, each with its own name (e.g., spaghetti, macaroni). The formed dough is then dried under controlled conditions. Pasta is boiled and topped with a sauce or combined with other foods before serving.
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