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    What foods could I have al dente apart from pasta?

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    Default Re: al dente

    Vegetables.

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    Default Re: al dente

    I don't think 'al dente' collocates happily with any foodstuff other than pasta. Possibly an Italian recipe for cooking vegetables for a very short time might use the expression, or people might use it knowing that people will understand it in the pasta context; for example, I might say 'I like my Brussels sprouts al dente'.

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    PS Rover's got a shorter answer, which is probably right.
    Last edited by BobK; 06-Sep-2012 at 12:19. Reason: Added PS

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    Risotto
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    Default Re: al dente

    I would only use it with pasta. Then again, I don't eat vegetables.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I would only use it with pasta. Then again, I don't eat vegetables.
    Ah, I see you missed this as a kid!
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    What foods could I have al dente apart from pasta?
    Al dente - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Default Re: al dente

    rice

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    Default Re: al dente

    I would use it with pasta and rice generally. I would describe vegetables as "still slightly crunchy" or something similar. There is nothing worse than soft/overcooked Brussels sprouts!
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    I didn't know there was anything worse than Brussel sprouts, period.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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