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

Perhaps your pasta boiled out all over the stove top. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Welcome to Voraciously, your first stop for learning to cook with confidence," 19 Feb. 2018 The couple chose the name Farina — Italian for flour — to showcase their handcrafted pastas including duck ragu gnocchi, buckwheat sagnarelli, mushroom and cheese tortellini and black truffle linguini. Joyce Smith, kansascity, "James Beard Award winning chef relocating Crossroads restaurant," 9 Feb. 2018 Continue simmering until pasta is al dente, about 3 minutes. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "30-Minute Pasta With a Superlative Sausage Ragù," 29 Nov. 2018 The pasta is handmade next door at its sibling restaurant Spinasse on Capitol Hill, one of Seattle’s best high-end Italian restaurants. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "The best dinner-for-two deal in Seattle: a bottle of wine and 2 pasta entrees for $35," 18 Sep. 2018 Add the green beans and the spaghetti and cook for about 10 minutes more, until the pasta is tender. Laura Washburn, House Beautiful, "Easy Vegetable Soup Recipe: Soup au Pistou," 23 Jan. 2013 Now Bottura is having some fun leaning in to those cultural stereotypes from afar, offering Dubai diners bowls of pasta in sizes S-XL, and wheeling a gelato cart across sand imported from Rimini. Adam Robb, Condé Nast Traveler, "Behind the Scenes at Massimo Bottura's New Dubai Restaurant," 27 Dec. 2018 Maggiano's Little Italy will offer a four-course family-style dinner that includes bruschetta, salad, your choice of entree, two classic Thanksgiving sides, two types of pasta, and of course, dessert. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "18 Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving This Year," 16 Oct. 2018 Their solution is to rotate the two ends of the pasta at least 250 degrees. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Solved: The Spaghetti Physics Problem That Stumped Richard Feynman," 16 Aug. 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 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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