al dente

al den·te | \ äl-ˈden-(ˌ)tā , al- \

Definition of al dente 

: cooked just enough to retain a somewhat firm texture al dente pasta

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al dente adverb
pasta cooked al dente

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Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until the liquid reduces to a semi-thick syrup and the apples are al dente tender. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Where to find deals and freebies on National Donut Day in Louisville," 31 May 2018 Get the homemade black pasta, tinta de calamari, just al dente enough to be chewy. Kara Baskin,, "How to eat like a local in the North End," 3 July 2018 Alvarez cooks a box of cellentani pasta al dente and then dices a medium red onion and mixes it with the pasta and two jars of pesto. Veronica Hinke,, "Tips to put together the perfect picnic this summer," 20 June 2018 The texture of the onion would be something akin to al dente. Jim Shahin, charlotteobserver, "Go for grateness: 6 simple rules for grilling productively," 12 June 2018 Add pasta to boiling water and boil until just shy of al dente. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "A Linguine-With-Clams Upgrade," 8 June 2018 Add the bucatini pasta and cook until al dente (times vary, check instructions on box). 2. Carole Kotkin, miamiherald, "Leftover cheeses can be used for quiche, soups or omelets | Miami Herald," 5 Apr. 2018 Cook pasta al dente according to package directions; add peas for the last minute of cooking. Drain pasta and peas before adding them to sauté pan with bacon. Nicole Sours Larson,, "Gourmet food on a budget," 23 Apr. 2018 Cook, tossing constantly and adding pasta water a splash at a time as needed, until pasta is al dente and sauce is glossy and thick enough to cling to noodles, about 5 minutes. Ignacio Mattos, Bon Appetit, "Paccheri with Shellfish, Squid, and Tomatoes," 23 Apr. 2018

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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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