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 The apples should be al dente - not turned to mush but not too crisp still either. Carrie Knauer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carrie’s Kitchen: Year of the Apple continues with savory trio of recipes," 9 Sep. 2019 Stir in the pasta, return to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is al dente, about 6 minutes. Discard the rosemary sprig. Ellie Krieger, The Denver Post, "A quick and flavorful chickpea stew for all your busy nights ahead," 9 Sep. 2019 Stir in the pasta, return to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is al dente, about 6 minutes. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, "A quick and flavorful chickpea stew for all your busy nights ahead," 5 Sep. 2019 Stir in 1 tablespoon salt and the pasta; cook until just shy of al dente. Christopher Kimball, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Three light and easy pasta dishes for summer," 2 July 2019 Continue adding stock 1/2 cup at a time, stirring continuously, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is al dente, about 15 to 20 minutes. Marley Marius, Vogue, "How to Throw a Spring Party, Four Seasons Restaurant-Style," 5 May 2019 Then pasta is added to the pot where it is cooked al dente before the artichokes and ribbons of spinach are stirred in. Ellie Krieger, The Denver Post, "A quick and flavorful chickpea stew for all your busy nights ahead," 9 Sep. 2019 Then pasta is added to the pot where it is cooked al dente before the artichokes and ribbons of spinach are stirred in. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, "A quick and flavorful chickpea stew for all your busy nights ahead," 5 Sep. 2019 Hand-cut, squid ink fettuccini ($23) is a spicy discovery, the noodles arriving perfectly al dente — as all the pasta dishes do — and carrying the bite and depth of flavor that only come from handmade dough. Daliah Singer, The Know, "Restaurant review: The food satisfies, but Jovanina’s good looks are what really entice diners," 6 Aug. 2019

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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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15 Oct 2019

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“Al dente.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dente. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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al dente

adjective
How to pronounce al dente (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of al dente

: cooked but still firm

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