Al-dente meaning

ăl dĕntē, äl dĕntā
Cooked enough to be firm but not soft.

Pasta al dente.

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Cooked until firm to the bite; chewy.
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(of pasta) Firm to the bite (used of pasta which is cooked just right)
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Origin of al-dente

  • Italian al to the dente tooth

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Italian al (“to the”) +‎ dente (“tooth”).

    From Wiktionary