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 This hearty and comforting casserole swaps the familiar pasta for cauliflower and a dairy-free sauce that still feels creamy and indulgent. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Alfredo Cauliflower Casserole," 30 Dec. 2020 When the pasta is cooked, drain and add to the bowl. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "This pasta recipe is perfect for a hectic holiday season," 21 Dec. 2020 Toward the end, chef demonstrated a clever spaghetti twirling technique, spinning the pasta around a fork inside a large ladle before transferring it to a plate, giving it a beautiful swoop. Joe Ray, Wired, "Zoom Serves Up New Friends in a Roman Kitchen," 20 Dec. 2020 Customize the pasta with whatever is in your pantry. Sheena Chihak, Better Homes & Gardens, "January 2021 Better Homes & Gardens Recipes," 14 Dec. 2020 Uncover and continue simmering, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Sausage and Cheese Lasagna," 13 Dec. 2020 To a large pot of boiling water, add 2 tablespoons salt and then the pasta. Karen Watts, Dallas News, "3 meatless recipes to try from the new Impossible Foods cookbook," 5 Oct. 2020 After about 10 minutes, the pasta will go limp and start to break apart. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "The Most Important Number for the West’s Hideous Fire Season," 15 Sep. 2020 The family has received over 100 cans of the must-have pasta to date, with even more on the way. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Community rallies during coronavirus pandemic to find SpaghettiOs for girl with autism," 12 Sep. 2020

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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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11 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Pasta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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


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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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