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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The Spaghetti Vongole Macchiato ($16) with fresh littleneck clams was tasty and very filling, with al dente pasta and juicy clams. Stephanie Schorow,, "A grandmother’s Italian recipes served with youthful flair," 27 June 2019 Add the orzo to the water and cook until al dente, 6 to 7 minutes. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "This deserves to be your summer’s go-to bacon salad," 19 June 2019 Add the orzo to the water and cook until al dente, 6 to 7 minutes. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Denver Post, "This deserves to be your summer’s go-to bacon salad," 17 June 2019 Step 2 Return the water to a boil; add the pasta and cook until al dente, for 10 to 12 minutes, or according to the package directions. Joe Yonan, Washington Post, "Forget crisp-tender. Cook broccoli longer and it becomes as comforting as this bowl of pasta.," 16 June 2019 Take the pasta course, al dente agnolotti fashioned from elastic rye ramen dough and filled with mild okara, the curdlike by-product of making tofu and soy milk. Adam Erace, Fortune, "Review: The Food at Chicago’s Yūgen Is Delightful but Sometimes Overwrought," 9 June 2019 Add the pasta, and cook until al dente, tender but still slightly chewy, following the manufacturer’s suggested cooking time. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: A pasta dish for all seasons," 5 June 2019 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

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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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