Definition of al dente in English:

al dente

adjective & adverb

  • (of food, typically pasta) cooked so as to be still firm when bitten.

    • ‘The key to perfect pasta is cooking it al dente or 'to the tooth': not mushy, not crunchy, but deliciously chewy.’
    • ‘When it is ready - taste it to see if it is "al dente" - that is, firm but not hard, chewy but not mushy - strain it into a colander taking care not to burn yourself.’
    • ‘Al dente is a fancy term for pasta that's fully cooked, but not overly soft.’
    • ‘Al dente: The only way to serve pasta! This is an Italian phrase meaning 'to the tooth'.’
    • ‘In cooking, the adjective al dente describes pasta and (less commonly) rice that has been cooked so as to be firm but not hard.’

Origin

Italian, literally ‘to the tooth’.

Pronunciation

al dente

/-ti//al ˈdɛnteɪ/