Pasta is any Italian style of noodle, including spaghetti, ziti, and macaroni. Your favorite type of pasta might be fettuccine, especially when it's served in a creamy Alfredo sauce.

Pasta refers to the noodle, or to the dish that contains it, like vegetable lasagne or spaghetti carbonara. Most pasta is made from semolina flour and water, and often eggs. The stiff dough is rolled very thin and then cut into shapes or long ribbons. It can be cooked from this soft, fresh state, or (more commonly) dried, packaged, and sold. Pasta is an Italian word (surprise, surprise), from Late Latin, which means "dough or paste."

Definitions of pasta
  1. noun
    shaped and dried dough made from flour and water and sometimes egg
    synonyms: alimentary paste
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    bowtie pasta, farfalle
    pasta shaped with scalloped edges and pinched in the middle, suggestive of a bow tie
    a ribbonlike strip of pasta
    pasta shaped like pearls of barley; frequently prepared with lamb in Greek cuisine
    pasta in the form of long strings
    thin spaghetti
    small ring-shaped stuffed pasta
    medium-sized tubular pasta in short pieces
    tubular pasta in short ribbed pieces
    extremely fine pasta thinner than vermicelli
    linguine, linguini
    pasta in long slender flat strips
    fettuccine, fettuccini
    pasta in flat strips wider than linguine
    pasta in strings thinner than spaghetti
    pasta in the form of slender tubes
    lasagna, lasagne
    very wide flat strips of pasta
    pasta in short tubes with diagonally cut ends
    cappelletti, ravioli
    small circular or square cases of dough with savory fillings
    pasta cut in narrow ribbons
    large pasta tubes stuffed with chopped meat or mild cheese and baked in tomato sauce
    a pasta made in northern Africa of crushed and steamed semolina
    dumpling, dumplings
    small balls or strips of boiled or steamed dough
    pasta somewhat resembling little moustaches
    egg noodle
    narrow strip of pasta dough made with eggs
    fettuccine Alfredo
    fettuccine in cream sauce with cheese
    (Italian) a small dumpling made of potato or flour or semolina that is boiled or baked and is usually served with a sauce or with grated cheese
    matzah ball, matzo ball, matzoh ball
    a Jewish dumpling made of matzo meal; usually served in soup
    won ton, wonton
    a Chinese dumpling filled with spiced minced pork; usually served in soup
    type of:
    food, solid food
    any solid substance (as opposed to liquid) that is used as a source of nourishment
  2. noun
    a dish that contains pasta as its main ingredient
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    spaghetti served with a tomato sauce
    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
    type of:
    a particular item of prepared food
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