Is a culinary term that refers to a food being cooked so that it is
still somewhat ﬁrm to the bite. Typically it is referred
to when cooking pasta, but can also be referred in
recipes such as vegetables, rice or beans.
The Italian deﬁnition of al denté means, “to the tooth”. Most pasta packages have instructions on how to cook the pasta to the
al denté stage. However, it will take some practice to
perfect this technique. The “taste test” is your best
indicator of when you have arrived
at the al denté stage.
Once the water starts to boil, add the pasta and check it a few
minutes before the instructions on the package indicates.
There is nothing that spoils a recipe more than limp,
over-cooked, mushy pasta!
Remove a piece of pasta and let it cool before sampling. The pasta
should be ﬁrm to the bite. If it is still too crunchy; continue
to cook and check the pasta every minute.
Once you have mastered it, you will love cooking pasta.