al dente

adjective
al den·​te | \äl-ˈden-(ˌ)tā, 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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Add the spaghetti; reduce the heat to medium-high and cook according to the package directions (for al dente). Domenica Marchetti, charlotteobserver, "These are 4 of the easiest weeknight pastas you’ll ever find | Charlotte Observer," 22 May 2018 Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, until just slightly under al dente, 6–8 minutes. Ignacio Mattos, Bon Appetit, "Paccheri with Shellfish, Squid, and Tomatoes," 23 Apr. 2018 Place on a baking tray and roast in preheated oven until cooked through and slightly al dente, about 10 minutes. Anne Schamberg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Not a peep of stress: A foolishly simple menu for an April 1 Easter," 20 Mar. 2018 Add 1 cup of hot broth, stirring constantly, and cook until absorbed, continue stirring and adding broth by the cupfuls until risotto is creamy and rice is cooked through but slightly al dente -- about 25 minutes. Country Living, "Porcini Mushroom Risotto," 20 Jan. 2012 Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water 6 minutes, then add peas and cook until pasta is al dente, about 2 minutes more. Molly Baz, Bon Appetit, "Orecchiette with Buttermilk, Peas, and Pistachios," 28 May 2018 Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until the liquid reduces to a semi-thick syrup and the apples are al dente tender. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Where to find deals and freebies on National Donut Day in Louisville," 31 May 2018 Get the homemade black pasta, tinta de calamari, just al dente enough to be chewy. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "How to eat like a local in the North End," 3 July 2018 Alvarez cooks a box of cellentani pasta al dente and then dices a medium red onion and mixes it with the pasta and two jars of pesto. Veronica Hinke, chicagotribune.com, "Tips to put together the perfect picnic this summer," 20 June 2018

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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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al dente

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of al dente

: cooked but still firm

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