al dente


al den·​te äl-ˈden-(ˌ)tā How to pronounce al dente (audio)
: cooked just enough to retain a somewhat firm texture
al dente pasta
al dente adverb
pasta cooked al dente

Examples of al dente in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cook until al dente, according to the package instructions. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 3 June 2024 At nearby Da Laura, an Italian trattoria, the decor is eclectic (flamingo pink walls, verdant plant ceiling, mismatched chairs) and the housemade pasta is perfectly al dente. Caitlin Gunther, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Apr. 2024 Cook until noodles are al dente (cooked through but slightly firm) and liquid has been absorbed, about 8 to 9 minutes. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 6 Apr. 2024 In addition, Arborio rice maintains its integrity during cooking and stirring, and the result is a creamy sauce with al dente grains. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 29 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for al dente 

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Word History


Italian; literally, to the tooth

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of al dente was in 1920

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“Al dente.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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