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

Examples of al dente in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Add the macaroni and cook for two to five minutes, or until al dente. Maya Feller, NBC News, "5 meals to make under lockdown that are inexpensive, delicious and healthy," 13 May 2020 Drop the pasta into boiling salted water, and cook until al dente. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Get the secret recipes for Disney Parks' Dole Whip, McDonald's McMuffin and more to make in quarantine," 15 Apr. 2020 Add pasta and cook according to package instructions until al dente. Beth Segal, cleveland, "The best thing to have in your pantry: Vodka! And here are 3 great recipes to prove it," 6 Apr. 2020 Add the pasta and cook until al dente, for 1 to 2 minutes less than the package instructions indicate. Joe Yonan, Washington Post, "Adapt this simple pasta salad to whatever vegetable is in your fridge or freezer," 16 Mar. 2020 Place pasta in the pot and cook 9 to 12 minutes, until al dente, and drain. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Best-by, sell-by, use by dates: What they mean, how they're different for food," 2 Apr. 2020 Cook until just shy of al dente, tender yet firm to the bite, according to the package directions. Joe Yonan, The Denver Post, "This pasta dish combines the best elements of a fall cheese plate into every bowl," 5 Nov. 2019 When the spaghetti is approaching al dente, start the sauce: In a large frying pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Jessica Battilana,, "Repertoire: Spaghetti al Limone With Chiles and Dungeness Crab," 12 Feb. 2020 Use leftovers for a baked pasta — layer the squash with rigatoni or penne cooked firmly al dente, and then shower with grated cheese and bread crumbs. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "How to eat that decorative squash on your table with Parmesan, brown butter," 21 Nov. 2019

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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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27 May 2020

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“Al dente.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of al dente

: cooked but still firm

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