Definition of pasta in English:


Syllabification: pas·ta
Pronunciation: /ˈpastə, ˈpästə


  • A dish originally from Italy consisting of dough made from durum wheat and water, extruded or stamped into various shapes and typically cooked in boiling water.
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    • Use mint instead of the basil if you like, and use another shaped pasta if you have no fettuccine.
    • I don't know why, when dried noodles are now as easy to find, store and cook as dried pasta.
    • Salt the water and add the pasta, letting it cook at a fast boil till tender.


late 19th century: from Italian, literally 'paste'.

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