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I am looking for a word that can serve in the following context:

After the pasta is cooked, put some sauce on top of it and use a spoon to mix it together.

Mix seems to be too general, I am looking for something that is related to mixing with the use of a spoon or fork.

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Swirl? This question might be served up better at the Cooking SE. Maybe migrate? –  J.R. Jun 13 '12 at 15:25
    
@J.R.- Maybe. I leave it up to you;) –  Noah Jun 13 '12 at 17:02
    
My first thought was blend, but on second thought that could end badly... –  T.E.D. Jun 13 '12 at 17:06
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The transitive "to stir in" might suit in this context ("...use a spoon to stir it in."). Cookery is broad enough a subject that it has a vocabulary all its own for doing things to other things though, so there might be a specific phrase for mixing sauce into things...

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Mixing tends to make me think of using a mixer, not a spoon. As @user653 said, stir is probably the best verb in this case. –  JeffSahol Jun 13 '12 at 15:09
    
Or blend as in "blend with a spoon until pasta is coated with sauce." –  KitFox Jun 13 '12 at 16:01
    
@KitFox: "blend" is good if you use it how you suggest, but you have to be careful that the reader doesn't get the idea that they should use their blender! ;) –  FrustratedWithFormsDesigner Jun 13 '12 at 19:02
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Toss is often used in cooking contexts to indicated the mixing of separate ingredients in a pasta or salad context, though if you are simply stirring, toss could imply too active a combining. For that matter, combine could work as a more generic option, or stir to combine.

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