One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adverb & adjective
(of food, typically pasta) cooked so as to be still firm when bitten.
- ‘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: The only way to serve pasta! This is an Italian phrase meaning 'to the tooth'.’
- ‘The key to perfect pasta is cooking it al dente or 'to the tooth': not mushy, not crunchy, but deliciously chewy.’
- ‘In cooking, the adjective al dente describes pasta and (less commonly) rice that has been cooked so as to be firm but not hard.’
- ‘Al dente is a fancy term for pasta that's fully cooked, but not overly soft.’
Italian, literally ‘to the tooth’.
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