al dente

adjective
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 Stir in meatballs and pasta, reduce heat to medium, and simmer until meatballs are cooked through and pasta is just al dente, about 6 to 8 minutes. Meredith Deeds Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Italian soup makes good use of leftover turkey," 25 Nov. 2020 Cook uncovered until the pasta is just tender (al dente), according to the instructions on the package. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Five fast pasta sauces without tomatoes," 9 Nov. 2020 That crust served the Grilled Veggie ($13.95 for a 12-inch pie) especially well, adding the aromatic warmth of fresh bread to an al dente collection of peppers, artichokes, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, garlic and spinach. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "52 Weeks of Pizza: Ray’s Pizzaria restaurant makes a giant pie that’s one of San Antonio’s best pizza values," 4 Dec. 2020 Add pasta and cook for about 8-10 minutes until al dente. Beth Segal, cleveland, "For three generations, Miceli has meant formaggio and family," 13 Nov. 2020 The apples cook to a yielding, al dente texture in the batter, while the edges of the cake bake up crispy. Los Angeles Times, "Apple pie works better for the holidays when it’s a cake," 12 Nov. 2020 Add the pasta and cook until the pasta is just under al dente. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "5 recipes to bring comfort, from Hainanese chicken rice to stewed short ribs with adobo," 30 Oct. 2020 Slowly add the pasta, stirring constantly, and cook until the pasta is hot and al dente, about 5 minutes. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "5 recipes to bring comfort, from Hainanese chicken rice to stewed short ribs with adobo," 30 Oct. 2020 The sautéed cabbage was tangy, bright and lightly cooked, with a pleasantly al dente texture. Mara Severin, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage restaurants and breweries have everything you need to throw your own private Oktoberfest," 16 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of al dente was in 1920

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14 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Al dente.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/al%20dente. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for al dente

al dente

adjective
How to pronounce al dente (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of al dente

: cooked but still firm

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