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Pasta appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

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Definition of the noun pasta

What does pasta mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: pastas

  1. a dish that contains pasta as its main ingredient
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • more generic word: dish = a particular item of prepared food
    • more specific terms:
      • spaghetti = spaghetti served with a tomato sauce
      • cannelloni = tubular pasta filled with meat or cheese
      • lasagna / lasagne = baked dish of layers of lasagna pasta with sauce and cheese and meat or vegetables
      • macaroni and cheese = macaroni prepared in a cheese sauce
  2. shaped and dried dough made from flour and water and sometimes egg
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • synonym of pasta: alimentary paste
    • more generic terms: food / solid food = any solid substance (as opposed to liquid) that is used as a source of nourishment
    • more specific terms:
      • bowtie pasta / farfalle = pasta shaped with scalloped edges and pinched in the middle, suggestive of a bow tie
      • noodle = a ribbonlike strip of pasta
      • orzo = pasta shaped like pearls of barley
      • spaghetti = pasta in the form of long strings
      • spaghettini = thin spaghetti
      • tortellini = small ring-shaped stuffed pasta
      • ziti = medium-sized tubular pasta in short pieces
      • rigatoni = tubular pasta in short ribbed pieces
      • fedelline = extremely fine pasta thinner than vermicelli
      • linguine / linguini = pasta in long slender flat strips
      • fettuccine / fettuccini = pasta in flat strips wider than linguine
      • vermicelli = pasta in strings thinner than spaghetti
      • macaroni = pasta in the form of slender tubes
      • lasagna / lasagne = very wide flat strips of pasta
      • penne = pasta in short tubes with diagonally cut ends
      • cappelletti / ravioli = small circular or square cases of dough with savory fillings
      • tagliatelle = pasta cut in narrow ribbons
      • manicotti = large pasta tubes stuffed with chopped meat or mild cheese and baked in tomato sauce
      • couscous = a pasta made in northern Africa of crushed and steamed semolina
      • dumplings / dumpling = small balls or strips of boiled or steamed dough
      • mostaccioli = pasta somewhat resembling little moustaches

Alternative definition of the noun pasta


  1. Pieces of dough made from wheat and water sometimes mixed with egg used in various cuisines; it is often sold in dried form, and comes in a variety of shapes.
  2. A serving of pasta.


Pasta is a staple food of traditional Italian cuisine, with the first reference dating to 1154 in Sicily. It is also commonly used to refer to the variety of pasta dishes. Typically, pasta is a noodle made from an unleavened dough of a durum wheat flour mixed with water and formed into sheets or various shapes, then cooked and served in any number of dishes. It can be made with flour from other cereals or grains, and eggs may be used instead of water. Pastas may be divided into two broad categories, dried and fresh. Chicken eggs frequently dominate as the source of the liquid component in fresh pasta.


  1. "Pasta" is a book by Silvano Serventi.
    • also known as "Pasta: the story of a universal food"
  2. "Pasta" is a book by Anne Willan.


  1. Pasta is a 2010 South Korean television series starring Gong Hyo-jin, Lee Sun-kyun, Lee Ha-nui and Alex Chu. The workplace romantic comedy is about the dreams and struggles of a young woman who aspires to become an elite chef. It aired on MBC from January 4 to March 9, 2010 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 20 episodes.
  2. "Pasta" is a 2011 animated short film directed by Tomas Welss.


  1. Pasta is a fictional character from the 1986 animated manga adventure action film Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies and from the 1991 fantasy live-action film Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins.
  2. Pasta is a fictional character from the 1980-1981 TV anime series Lalabel, The Magical Girl.
  3. Pasta is a fictional character from the 1986 film Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies.


Pasta is a food magazine.

Phrases with Pasta

Phrases starting with the word Pasta:

  1. pasta salad
  2. pasta sauce

Phrases ending with the word Pasta:

  1. Egg Pasta
  2. bowtie pasta

Other phrase containing the word Pasta:

  1. bolognese pasta sauce

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Pasta

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Google previewThe Little Pasta Cookbook (2016)

by Murdoch Books Test Kitchen

Dried pasta is the one to choose if you're serving a heartier, tomato-based sauce. If your sauce has olives, anchovies, chilli, meat or seafood, you'll almost certainly need dried. Pasta is a combination of flour, water and sometimes eggs and oil.

Google previewEssential Pasta Cookbook (2004)

by Wendy Stephen

Dried pasta is the one to choose if you're serving a heartier, tomato-based sauce. If your sauce has olives, anchovies, chilli, meat or seafood, you'll almost certainly need dried. Pasta is a combination of flour, water and sometimes eggs and oil.

Google previewLibya (2012)

by Nick Hunter

Pasta is the main ingredient in some dishes.

Google previewNutrition and Health in the Bible (2008)

by Kathleen O'Bannon

CAN'T STAND THE WHITE STUFF Whole grain pasta is the easiest way to introduce whole grain products to your family. Whole wheat, spelt, durum wheat, buckwheat, rice, and mixedgrain pastas are available in health food stores and many ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Healing Foods (2010)

by Michael T. Murray, Joseph Pizzorno

Whole-wheat pasta is a heartier, tastier pasta that can stand up to your favorite tomato sauce. • Whole-wheat pancakes are easily whipped up by mixing 11⁄2 cups of whole wheat flour, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, 1 tablespoon of honey , ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Foods (2002)

A Guide to Healthy Nutrition by Experts from Dole Food Company, Experts from The Mayo Clinic, Experts from UCLA Center for H

Pasta. Salad. Serves 4 1 package (8 ounces) refrigerated or frozen cheese tortellini 3 cups broccoli cut into florets (may substitute cauliflower or use both) 1 can (8 ounces) pineapple chunks 2 Tblsp balsamic or red wine vinegar 1 Tblsp olive ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Agricultural, Food, and Biological Engineering (Print) (2003)

by Dennis R. Heldman

operations, such as baking, pasta extrusion, and high- temperature extrusion cooking. Kaletunij and Breslauer1"' mapped on this state diagram the path of a high-temperature extrusion cooking process. They also placed the rg values of wheat ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Nutrition and Good Health (2003)

by Robert A. Ronzio

Semolina is high in protein, which gives dough the strength to hold up to the mechanical processing needed to make pasta. A small amount of disodium phosphate is added to make pasta cook more quickly. Since January 1998 all enriched ...

Google previewDictionary skills (1999)

For example, pasta n food made from a dough or paste of wheat flour, salt and water, such as spaghetti or macaroni. (It., pasta dough) Here, it tells us the word was taken from the Italian language. 1. For each of the words below, say what ...

Google previewHugh Johnson's Pocket Encyclopedia of Wine 2001 (2010)

by Hugh Johnson

Pasta Red or white (++++) according to the sauce or trimmings: cream sauce Orvieto, Frascati, Alto Adige Chardonnay. meatsauce Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Salice Salentino, Merlot. pesto (basil) sauce Barbera, Ligurian Vermentino, NZSauv ...

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Pasta in Baby Sign Language, ASL

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Quotes about Pasta

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Scrabble value of P3A1S1T1A1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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