Meaning of “pasta” in the English Dictionary

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"pasta" in British English

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pastanoun [ U ]

uk /ˈpæs.tə/ us /ˈpɑː.stə/

A2 a food made from flour, water, and sometimes egg, that is cooked and usually served with a sauce. It is made in various shapes that have different names:

Spaghetti, lasagne, ravioli, and cannelloni are all types of pasta.

More examples

  • Sprinkle a tablespoonful of grated cheese over the pasta.
  • Drain the pasta thoroughly.
  • We had slices of cold meat and pasta salad.
  • Serve the pasta hot with a drizzle of olive oil.
  • Straight pasta is very bland - you need some kind of sauce to make it interesting.

(Definition of “pasta” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pasta" in American English

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pastanoun [ U ]

us /ˈpɑ·stə, ˈpæs·tə/

a food made of flour, water, and sometimes egg which is formed into a variety of shapes that are hard when dry and soft when cooked

(Definition of “pasta” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)