pas·​ta | \ ˈpä-stə How to pronounce pasta (audio) also ˈpa- How to pronounce pasta (audio) \

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 For $15, the choices are a quarter-chicken with two sides and two sauces; chaufa de pollo a la brasa; seco de carne; or pasta verde. Susan Dunne,, 21 Jan. 2022 Also, cream cheese Dried pasta Refrigerated cinammon rolls and cold remedies, including products like DayQuil and NyQuil. Andy Meek, BGR, 20 Jan. 2022 In addition to wine tastings, Monaci delle Terre Nere has designed several experiences for its guests, from pasta making classes and vineyard walks, to horseback rides and luxury sailboat rides along the coast to Taormina. Livia Hengel, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 The meal includes pasta with meat or marinara sauce, salad, garlic bread, dessert and water or soft drinks. Mike Danahey,, 19 Jan. 2022 If that corner of the East Bay is out of the way, why not opt for fresh pasta or pizza at another Italian restaurant in the Bay Area? Gwendolyn Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Jan. 2022 Also in 2009, former New York chef Chris Diminno (Blue Hill at Stone Barns) took over the kitchen, keeping original chef Jason Barwikowki’s blend of rustic presentations and esoteric ingredients while beefing up the pasta program. Michael Russell, oregonlive, 16 Jan. 2022 Use a steamer basket or pasta pot insert to steam broccoli over an inch of boiling water in a pot, covered, until tender but not mushy, 6-8 minutes. Ian Knauer, WSJ, 14 Jan. 2022 The menu will feature a wide array of dishes, including USDA Prime cuts, Wagyu, caviar, fresh seafood and scratch pasta. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, 13 Jan. 2022

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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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23 Jan 2022

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“Pasta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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 How to pronounce pasta (audio) \

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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