National Pasta Day
National Pasta Day is an unofficial holiday which is celebrated annually on October 17th. While it’s a food item that is usually attributable to Italy, pasta can actually be traced back to Asia thousands of years ago.
Regardless of where it comes from, it is considered to be one of the top comfort foods in the world. It is also one of the most versatile foods in the world and can be made into thousands of different dishes. Just one of the many reasons to celebrate this delicious source of carbohydrates.
The History of Pasta
A common misconception about pasta is that Marco Polo brought it to Italy from China during the 13th century. However, pasta is now believed to have existed a long time in central Asia before Marco Polo traveled there and pasta was already established in many parts of Europe by then.
Many scholars believe that nomadic Arabs helped to spread pasta throughout Europe. After all, making dried pasta out of durum wheat is a great way to preserve the wheat because it lasts almost indefinitely. This also makes it convenient to store and transport. This would have made it easy to transport on trade routes.
Early Spanish settlers brought pasta to the Americas as early as the 15th century. During a stay in Paris in the 18th century, Thomas Jefferson discovered macaroni and brought it back to the United States. Italian immigrants also brought pasta to the U.S during the 19th century. Today, we know get to appreciate a variety of different kinds of pasta from all over the world.
The History of National Pasta Day
No one really knows who invented National Pasta Day. Most likely, it was either someone who really loved pasta or a pasta manufacturer.
Interesting Pasta Facts
- Italians eat 60 pounds of pasta per person per year
- Americans eat about 20 pounds of pasta per person per year
- Macaroni, penne and spaghetti are the most popular forms of pasta
- The U.S makes over 4 billion pounds of pasta a year
Celebrating National Pasta Day
Celebrating National Pasta Day is as easy as choosing your favorite form of pasta and making it for yourself, your friends and your family members. Some of the types of pasta you can choose to make are elbow macaroni, egg noodles, fusilli, lasagna, linguine, spaghetti, manicotti, penne rigate, rotelle and many other different types of pasta. So choose your favorite one and get to cooking!