(especially of pasta) cooked so as not to be too soft; firm to the bite: spaghetti al dente.
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How to use al dente in a sentence
Cook for 6-8 minutes; you want them al-dente, because they'll keep cooking in the hot soup.
Add the spaghetti and cook for eight minutes, testing it regularly toward the end to ensure it remains al dente.
The rich, tangy sauce is a perfect foil for the tender green stalks, which should be cooked until just al dente.
British Dictionary definitions for al dente
(of a pasta dish) cooked so as to be firm when eaten
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