[al den-tey, -tee; Italian ahl den-te]
- (especially of pasta) cooked so as not to be too soft; firm to the bite: spaghetti al dente.
Origin of al dente
1945–50; Italian: literally, to the tooth
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Examples from the Web for al dente
Cook for 6-8 minutes; you want them al-dente, because they'll keep cooking in the hot soup.The Gadget Chef: Reconstructed Chicken Soup
November 2, 2012
- (of a pasta dish) cooked so as to be firm when eaten
literally: to the tooth
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Word Origin and History for al dente
1935, Italian, literally "to the tooth," from Latin dent (see tooth).
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