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Food Dictionary ~ Al Dente

Here is another one of those terms that you hear often in cooking and many don’t know exactly what it means.  Since we have an Italian writer here on Daily Dish Magazine who loves her pasta, I thought I’d share with you “Al Dente” today.

Al Dente is a term used in cooking pasta. Cooking pasta Al Dente means the pasta is softened with a slight resistance to bite.  It is very common to overcook pasta until it is almost soggy.  Most recipes will call for Al Dente. 

Pasta ~ Food Dictionary: Al Dente

I remove a piece of pasta from the water after about 5 minutes and continue checking until it’s the right consistency.  I do this simply by pressing with my nail to feel if it’s soft but holds the indentation.  OR… you can just eat it! 

Happy Cooking! 

 

See more of our pasta posts: 

Homemade Manicoti

Drying Pasta

Homemade Ravioli

 

 

 

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Tracy Iseminger

Tracy is a busy mother and social media junkie. Her adventures in cooking led her to create Daily Dish Magazine. She has a passion for travel and wine. You can find her writing at Back Porch Somm as well. She works with a local digital marketing agency and as a Dental Hygienist, but her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family.

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