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What does "al dente" mean?

  • "Al Dente" is Italian for "to the tooth"
  • As a general rule, pasta is perfectly cooked when it is tender but still retains some resistance.
  • You should still feel its texture when you bite into it.
  • Specialty pastas should hold their shape when cooked properly.
  • Pasta is undercooked when it has a chalky core and a slight taste of raw flour.
  • Pasta is overcooked if it has lost its springy, chewy quality.
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