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Dictionary Definition

pasta n : shaped and dried dough made from flour and water and sometimes egg [syn: alimentary paste]

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From pasta, from pasta "dough, pastry cake, paste", from πάστα (pasta) "barley porridge".


Extensive Definition

Pasta is an Italian food made from a dough using flour, water and/or eggs.
There are approximately 350 different shapes of pasta. A few examples include spaghetti (solid cylinders), macaroni (tubes or hollow cylinders), fusilli (swirls), lasagna (sheets), and gnocchi (balls), although this is considered a separate dish by some. The two basic styles of pasta are dried and fresh. There are also variations in the ingredients used in pasta. The time for which pasta can be stored varies from days to years depending upon whether the pasta is made with egg or not, and whether it is dried or fresh. Pasta is boiled prior to consumption.
The word, pasta, can also denote dishes in which pasta products are the primary ingredient, served with sauce or seasonings.


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pasta in Modern Greek (1453-): Ζυμαρικό
pasta in Spanish: Pasta
pasta in Esperanto: Nudelo
pasta in French: Pâtes alimentaires
pasta in Scottish Gaelic: Pastà
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pasta in Hebrew: פסטה
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pasta in Japanese: パスタ
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pasta in Polish: Makaron
pasta in Portuguese: Massas alimentícias
pasta in Russian: Макаронные изделия
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pasta in Slovenian: Testenine
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pasta in Thai: พาสต้า
pasta in Turkish: makarna
pasta in Chinese: 意式麵食
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