One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dish originally from Italy consisting of dough made from durum wheat and water, extruded or stamped into various shapes and typically cooked in boiling water.
- ‘The pastas include lasagne, spaghetti, tagliatelle, macaroni, tortellini and capellini, so you're not going to get much more Italian than that!’
- ‘Sometimes I cook large rice or pasta for salads and vary the toppings as the week goes by.’
- ‘Salt the water and add the pasta, letting it cook at a fast boil till tender.’
- ‘Despite her reluctance, there are plenty of good reasons to choose brown pasta.’
- ‘Fred had three favourite Pronto Pasta pasta dishes, all of which still remain as part of the menu.’
- ‘Two people are paying their bill and the waitress is finishing up a dish of pasta.’
- ‘I don't know why, when dried noodles are now as easy to find, store and cook as dried pasta.’
- ‘The old days of a beer keg on the coach on the way home have been replaced with trips back drinking water and eating pasta.’
- ‘There were roast pheasants, turkeys and boar, pizzas, pastas, caviar, salads, gelatin, pies and many other yummy goodies.’
- ‘Use mint instead of the basil if you like, and use another shaped pasta if you have no fettuccine.’
- ‘Cook the pasta in a pan of salted water as per the instructions on the packet.’
- ‘I often put a table out of doors at my house in Surrey and pile it with big pots of delicious pasta and salads.’
- ‘The pasta went into the hot water in the saucepan and I lit the gas underneath it on my stove.’
- ‘We use saffron water to give fresh pasta an inviting rich colour and subtle flavour.’
- ‘We sprinkle this coral powder over fish dishes, risottos and creamy sauces for pasta.’
- ‘Tip in the beans, the ricotta and the drained pasta and fold lightly with fork.’
- ‘Serve pasta in big warmed bowls and ladle copious quantities of bolognaise mince on top.’
- ‘But Miss Wilson sent him money and he bought food such as pasta and cooked it in his cell.’
- ‘Repeat the whole rolling process until you have created enough pasta for the lasagne.’
- ‘Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling salted water for two to three minutes until tender.’
Late 19th century: from Italian, literally ‘paste’.
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