Al dente

Al dente basically means “to the tooth” in Italian. This is the desired texture achieved when cooking pasta. When pasta is cooked al dente it should have a slight resistance when being chewed. The pasta should be cooked fully but not soft. Most cold pasta salads require pasta that is cooked al dente, so it retains some firmness.

Ethnicity: Italian

Season: available year-round

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