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 Garnish, if desired, with green onion or herbs, and serve with coconut rice, pasta or vegetables. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 19 May 2022 The menu at Rocko’s Bar and Grill includes pasta and steak entrees, hamburgers, sandwiches, salads and vegetarian options. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, 19 May 2022 Eataly, which spans three stories and 45,000 square feet, will serve pizza, fresh pasta and other Italian fare across its two restaurants, wine bar, cheese counter, bakery and market. Gwendolyn Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 May 2022 Nestlé bought the Buitoni brand, which also makes refrigerated pasta and sauces, for $1.3 billion in 1988 and sold the North American part of the business in 2020. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, 10 May 2022 The neighbourhood restaurant focuses on seasonal ingredients, fresh pasta and a small natural wine list. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Dollop the stew into bowls over cooked farro, pasta or rice, or serve with bread for dunking. Leanne Brown, CNN, 4 May 2022 Add the potatoes, pasta and cheese to the pot, tossing well to coat. Washington Post, 1 May 2022 The market will also have local food vendors selling specialty hot sauces, fresh pasta and sandwiches. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 May 2022 See More

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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 May 2022

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

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More Definitions for pasta


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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