al dente

al den·​te | \ äl-ˈden-(ˌ)tā How to pronounce al dente (audio) , al-\

Definition of al dente

: cooked just enough to retain a somewhat firm texture al dente pasta

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Other Words from al dente

al dente adverb
pasta cooked al dente

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Drop the beans into the boiling water and cook just until al dente, about 5 minutes. Penelope Green, House Beautiful, "Mario Batali's Genius Take On Shrimp Salad," 1 July 2014 In a large pot of boiling water, cook the pasta until al dente, according to package directions. Drain well. Fox News, "Christine Avanti's comfort food diet," 18 Jan. 2013 Sear until browned in spots all over and al dente, 2 minutes more. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "How to Cold-Weather-Proof a Niçoise Salad," 22 Feb. 2019 That way, by the time the casserole is done, the pasta is perfectly al dente. 4. Sherry Rujikarn, Good Housekeeping, "5 Common Mistakes That Are Ruining Your Pasta," 8 Apr. 2015 Continue simmering until pasta is al dente, about 3 minutes. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "30-Minute Pasta With a Superlative Sausage Ragù," 29 Nov. 2018 Add fusilli pasta and mushrooms with their juices and simmer, stirring often, until pasta is al dente, 14 to 18 minutes. Anna Helm Baxter, Good Housekeeping, "Beef Stroganoff," 24 Oct. 2018 Here’s how: Cook the pasta al dente, drain and toss with a drizzle of olive oil to just coat. Claire Perez,, "How to save time in the kitchen: Cook and reheat pasta," 22 June 2018 Add penne pasta and cook just under al dente, about 10 minutes, drain and set aside. Fox News, "Matt Moore's Romantic Valentine's Dinner," 11 Feb. 2011

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First Known Use of al dente

1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for al dente

Italian; literally, to the tooth

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English Language Learners Definition of al dente

: cooked but still firm

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