Anyone who loves macaroni in all of its forms is probably going to want to observe National Macaroni Day. This holiday falls on July 7th every year and not only celebrates the most popular incarnation of this pasta, macaroni-and-cheese but all of its forms. That includes Chili Mac, Macaroni Salad, and Macaroni With Hamburger. So, serve up this dish any way you want to serve it up and sit back and enjoy this tasty holiday. No matter whether or not you celebrate this holiday, there is one unrefuted fact: mac-and-cheese is comfort food that millions of people enjoy regularly.
The History Of Macaroni
We searched high and low to find the origins of National Macaroni Day and we couldn’t find out when it was invented or who invented it. That’s when we decided to turn our attention to finding out when macaroni was invented. And while the history of macaroni isn’t as clear as we would’ve liked, scientists at least have a basic idea of when it was invented and where it originated.
It’s believed that the word macaroni goes back to the ancient Greeks—although the word wasn’t used to describe an elbow-shaped pasta. It was instead the name for pasta made out of barley flour and made into a soup-like dish. This word originated from Macaria—a goddess that was the daughter of Hades and whose name literally translates into “blessed.” By the way, Macaria was also the name of the daughter of Heracles, but these two mythological figures aren’t related.
During the 14th century, an anonymous cook from Naples recorded a recipe for “De Lasanis” in the cookbook Liber de Coquina. This is a dish that features pasta cut into 5cm squares and then sprinkled with grated cheese. This is believed that this is the first time that cheese and pasta first appeared in print.
In 1861, a recipe appeared in Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management that was for a cheese macaroni. This recipe used pipe-shaped noodles, toasted breadcrumbs, and Cheshire cheese to make something that the book calls a favorite food of Italy.
The real advancement in macaroni and cheese, however, would happen 76-years after Mrs. Beeton’s book when Kraft invented the boxed version of their now-famous mac and cheese. Since it was the height of the Great Depression, this product was widely sold and eventually became a food know around the world.
Observing National Macaroni Day
Observing this holiday is as easy as making up your favorite macaroni and cheese recipe. Consumers can literally find hundreds of different mac and cheese recipes online, so it’s just a matter of trying out the recipes that you think you’ll enjoy and then making them. While you’re serving up some of the best macaroni and cheese recipes out there, take a few moments and use the hashtag #NationalMacaroniDay on your social media accounts.
When is National Macaroni Day?
|This year (2023)||July 7 (Friday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Next year (2024)||July 7 (Sunday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Last year (2022)||July 7 (Thursday)||Multiple dates - more|