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Al dente

(especially of pasta) cooked so as not to be too soft; firm to the bite:
spaghetti al dente.
Contemporary Examples

The rich, tangy sauce is a perfect foil for the tender green stalks, which should be cooked until just al dente.
What to Eat: Spring Salads Cookstr.com April 5, 2010

Add the spaghetti and cook for eight minutes, testing it regularly toward the end to ensure it remains al dente.
Eco-Chic Safari Sophie Menin July 26, 2010

(of a pasta dish) cooked so as to be firm when eaten

1935, Italian, literally “to the tooth,” from Latin dent (see tooth).


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