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 Be sure to come hungry, as the dinner buffet consists of a three-course meal that includes steak and shrimp, pasta and cheesecake for dessert. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Everything you need to know about the Selena-themed dinner cruise leaving from Kemah this month," 7 Nov. 2019 The boutique in the school gym is open from 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Dozens of local vendors will have handcrafted jewelry, clothing, holiday décor, crafts, Oregon honey, handmade pasta and eco-friendly home goods. oregonlive, "See stylish home improvements and decorating ideas at 6 Eastmoreland residences: Duniway Holiday Home Tour," 4 Nov. 2019 The system has collapsed because people aren’t eating, or just pasta and rice. Washington Post, "Mastermind or scapegoat? Besieged South American leaders blame Venezuela’s Maduro for historic wave of unrest," 31 Oct. 2019 While traditional pestos are all about big herby flavor, our olive version adds an intense punch of funk and salinity that pairs perfectly with a simple plate of pasta and earthy mushrooms. Paul Stephen,, "Olives are the salty cure needed to liven up your next meal," 30 Oct. 2019 Uses: Blanched vegetables are great in salads, pastas and sandwiches. NBC News, "How to blanch and roast vegetables," 17 Oct. 2019 Healthier options include wraps, salads, plates of pasta and turkey burgers., "2019 Orlando Sentinel Best Bets: Dining & Restaurants winners," 5 Oct. 2019 The United States had also threatened to target pasta and leather handbags in a long-running dispute with the European Union over aircraft subsidies. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "US tariffs will make Scotch whisky and French wine more expensive for Americans," 3 Oct. 2019 Cauliflower is also a great substitute for other starchy foods like pasta and rice. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Cauliflower power: 6 places with hot cauliflower dishes," 2 Oct. 2019

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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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13 Nov 2019

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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 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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