pas·​ta | \ ˈpä-stə also ˈpa- \

Definition of pasta

1 : paste in processed form (such as macaroni) or in the form of fresh dough (such as ravioli)
2 : a dish of cooked pasta

Examples of pasta in a Sentence

They ordered pasta with meat sauce. Breads and pastas are high in carbohydrates.

Recent Examples on the Web

The best values at Acú came at lunch, when a tangy brisket pita sandwich with a generous side salad was priced $12 and a bowl of handmade pappardelle pasta with basil pesto and chicken at $13. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: New Dominion restaurant Acú Bistro Bar aims high but misses a few," 7 June 2018 Make a double batch with plenty of fresh herbs from the garden and store in your freezer to slather over veggies and add to pasta dishes. Southern Living, "7 Healthy Foods You Should Always Have in Your Freezer," 8 Mar. 2018 Thompson started by straining the sauce from the ravioli, then combining the pasta with Berkshire pork, housemade soppressata, dried ciabatta, buffalo ricotta, oregano, fennel, and chile flakes. Julia Thiel, Chicago Reader, "Food & Drink / Key Ingredient Watch chef Christopher Thompson create the most expensive pizza ever made with Chef Boyardee ravioli," 20 Feb. 2018 For instance: balsamic glazed salmon with caramelized onion risotto and asparagus or vegan garlic and white wine pasta with Brussels sprouts with glass of wine. Polly Campbell,, "Valentine's Day specials planned at local restaurants; find a deal in the Cincinnati area," 31 Jan. 2018 Toss pasta with broccoli rabe mixture and serve immediately. Country Living, "Pasta with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe," 14 July 2012 There’s something here for everybody: burgers, seafood pasta, shrimp po boys, fish and chips, chicken Parmesan and Buffalo wings. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "From hot ramen to hotter hot pot: 30 restaurant openings in Seattle and on the Eastside," 28 Nov. 2018 In the clips, an Asian woman struggles to eat Italian foods like pasta, pizza, and cannoli with chopsticks. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "Dolce & Gabbana's 'Chinese Chopsticks' Ad Accused of Racism," 20 Nov. 2018 Favorite meal and where: KC: Trattoria da Danilo — a tiny, locals-only place in Rome with the best meatballs, fried artichokes, cacio e pepe pasta, and wines. Jane Larkworthy, The Cut, "How These Entrepreneurs Made Drinking Water Look Good," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of pasta

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pasta

Italian, from Late Latin

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The first known use of pasta was in 1827

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English Language Learners Definition of pasta

: a food made from a mixture of flour, water, and sometimes eggs that is formed into different shapes (such as thin strips, tubes, or shells) and usually boiled


pas·​ta | \ ˈpä-stə \

Kids Definition of pasta

1 : a dough of flour, eggs, and water made in different shapes and dried or used fresh
2 : a dish of cooked pasta She ordered pasta with sauce.

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