Al Dente Definition

ăl dĕntē, äl dĕntā
Cooked enough to be firm but not soft.
Pasta al dente.
American Heritage
Cooked until firm to the bite; chewy.
Webster's New World

(of pasta) Firm to the bite (used of pasta which is cooked just right)


Origin of Al Dente

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

    From Wiktionary

  • Italian al to the dente tooth

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

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