Al Dente

Culinary Word

Al Dente

An Italian term that translates to “to the tooth” and is used to describe the preferred texture for cooked pasta and some vegetables like asparagus and broccoli.  To check for an al dente texture take a bite of pasta you should be able to bite through it without a dry crunch.   Look at the center of it pasta and it should look completely cooked through with no white core.  If checking al dente texture on vegetables they should still be crisp and for green vegetables retain their vibrant green color.

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