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

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 linguine and cook until al dente, about 8 to 10 minutes. Kristen Rogers, Madeline Holcombe And Amanda Sealy, CNN, 26 Dec. 2021 Stir in the black beans and pumpkin puree, decrease the heat so the liquid is at a simmer, and cook until the pasta is al dente, 7 to 9 minutes. Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2021 Rather than advocating for hard Brexit or soft Brexit, the Party campaigned for an al dente Brexit. Ryan Craig, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 Precision seems limited to the pasta: exactly al dente. Rick Steves,, 21 Oct. 2021 While squash is roasting, cook pasta according to package directions for firm, or al dente. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 20 Oct. 2021 Cook the pasta according to the package directions until just shy of al dente, then drain. Washington Post, 23 Aug. 2021 Season with salt; add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until 2 minutes before al dente. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 June 2021 After cooling, the carrots shouldn't be too mushy, but just al dente. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 11 June 2021

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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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2 Jan 2022

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“Al dente.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of al dente

: cooked but still firm

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