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“Al dente” is an internationally used Italian cooking term that may refer to cooked pasta or rice, or less commonly beans and even vegetables. It is used when the food is still hard but not firm, so that one can bite on the pasta or rice.
“Al dente” literally means “to the tooth” or “to the bite”, meaning that the pasta needs to be chewed because of its firmness.
The trick of cooking pasta al dente lies in using excellent quality Italian pasta and the required time for cooking. Italian pasta is usually made of durum semolina, the hardest species of wheat with very high protein content, which makes it always chewable, ie. al dente. The time required for cooking is generally shown on the packaging, I recommend you always adhere to this to get pasta al dente.
Some other tips and tricks that are believed to be useful when cooking Italian pasta:
Enjoy your Italian pasta al dente!