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

The book features 52 unique pasta dishes, including this flavorful pappardelle. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Allison Arevalo recipe: Pappardelle with Roasted Pork and Mushrooms," 10 Sep. 2019 Among the early menu changes are an increase in crudo options (always one of Nico’s strengths) and adding new pasta dishes. Phil Vettel,, "Tim Graham named executive chef of Nico Osteria," 13 Aug. 2019 Use them as a topping on toast or pasta, or incorporate them into a frittata. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "How to pick, prep and cook leafy greens — a nutritional (and delicious) powerhouse," 13 Sep. 2019 For those seeking a plate of food rather than the hands-on portability of a sandwich, there’s chicken piccata ($12.50), chicken marsala ($14), and chicken parmigiana ($10.50) over pasta, among other options., "Chef Mike’s brings old-world Italian classics to Needham - The Boston Globe," 12 Sep. 2019 Chef Misti Norris is doing crazy and incredible things with animal parts, homemade pastas, and fermentation. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appétit, "Dallas, Texas, Is the 2019 Restaurant City of the Year," 12 Sep. 2019 Like those Italian dishes in which pasta, cheese and an oven are some the similarities, the Gophers’ defenders will need to know each individual assignment and be disciplined to follow through. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Gophers have a different challenge in Georgia Southern’s triple-option offense," 12 Sep. 2019 The restaurant and wine bar offers pasta, pizza, ossobuco, and plenty of bottles of rose. Emily Selter, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Angkor Wat Beyond the Temples," 10 Sep. 2019 Other items of need include box dinners, cereal, diapers, fish, laundry soap, pasta, peanut butter, shampoo, stews and various box mixes. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Everything you need to know about Indy Irish Fest 2019," 9 Sep. 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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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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