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.

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Here’s how: Cook the pasta al dente, drain and toss with a drizzle of olive oil to just coat. Claire Perez,, "How to save time in the kitchen: Cook and reheat pasta," 22 June 2018 Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente; drain. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "Pork Shoulder Braciola with Ragù," 19 Mar. 2018 As sauce simmers, cook pasta per directions on box and drain. 4. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Hearty baked pasta recipe perfect for family reunion," 9 Mar. 2018 Cook the pasta according to package directions, adding the chard during the last 3 minutes of cooking. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spaghetti with Bacon, Eggs, and Swiss Chard," 7 Mar. 2018 Cook the pasta directly in the soup to thicken the broth and save time on cleanup. Lisa Futterman,, "Instant Pot is only as good as the cook who uses it — here's how to be better," 7 Mar. 2018 Or spoon it on top of eggs, spread thickly on toast, or swirl into a pot of polenta or cooked pasta. Julia Turshen, sacbee, "There’s a payoff for patience | The Sacramento Bee," 20 Feb. 2018 Add tortellini to the same pot of water and follow the package instructions, cooking the pasta for 12-15 minutes. Brooke Parkhurst, Redbook, "Light Summer Dinners You Can Throw Together," 31 July 2012 Around 4,839 pounds of bananas, and 4,235 portions of pasta, are given to players throughout the tournament. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Feeling Peckish at Wimbledon? Order These Quintessentially British Courtside Snacks," 6 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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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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