|How Do You Say "al dente"?||
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|What is "al dente"?||
The literal translation is ‘to the tooth’ (‘al’ is ‘to’ and ‘dente’ is ‘tooth’) which refers to perfectly cooked pasta having a slightly resistant bite, as compared to overcooked pasta which has no resistance at all.
There are a lot of ways of testing to see if the pasta is cooked. The least useful is throwing it up against a wall to see if it will stick. If it does, it’s only fit to be thrown into the bin, because it’s more than likely overcooked. In my family, we were taught to look at the white ‘eye’ inside the pasta when you bite it in half. When the pasta is done there should be a hint of white in the middle, which shows it’s properly ‘al dente’.
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