National Pasta Day
About National Pasta Day
When is National Pasta Day? This holiday is always observed on October 17
Today is National Pasta Day, an October 17 holiday. Choose your favorite shape, there are over 600 of them. Then, add your favorite sauce, and chow down! For many of us, the first sauce that comes to mind is red tomato spaghetti sauce. There are plenty of other sauces and toppings to choose from, including alfredo sauce, clam sauce, and cheese sauce, to name a few. To celebrate this special day, it doesn’t matter what sauce you use. All that is important is that you use pasta noodles. … sorry, no spaghetti squash today.
When we think of pasta, Italy and Italian cuisine come to mind. Pasta has a long, long history, and it did not originate in Italy. The noodles are made from dough consisting of water, flour, and sometimes other spices and ingredients. Ancient cultures were making and cooking pasta noodles long before they were introduced to Italy and other parts of Europe. Marco Polo has been erroneously credited with bringing spaghetti and pasta to Europe. Historical records show Europeans cooking it well before Marco Polo began his travels. Historical records also show that Arab cultures were selling dried spaghetti-like noodles in open markets in the early 1200s. The Chinese were the first to make pasta, cooking pasta noodles as far back as 5,000 B.C.
While ancient cultures were making and eating spaghetti and other pasta well before it came to Europe, it’s the Italians who popularized it in the cuisines of Europe and America. It was introduced to the United States through the travels of Thomas Jefferson, who brought it back from Naples, Italy in 1789. Italian immigrants also brought it over with them to the U.S., where its popularity quickly spread.
Pasta is the Italian word for dough.
How to Celebrate National Pasta Day
We hope you thoroughly enjoy your bowl of pasta today. The decision as to the shape is up to you. Use any of your favorite sauce and toppings to go with it. To more completely enjoy this special day, make the noodles yourself. It’s a cinch. All you need is flour, water, and a pasta maker.
Did you Know? Americans consume about 20 pounds of pasta per person per year.
“Pasta doesn’t make you fat. How much pasta you eat makes you fat.” – – Giada de Laurentis
History and Origin of National Pasta Day
Our research found no information on the creator or origin of this day, or when it was first celebrated.
There is no presidential proclamation, nor any documentation from the U.S. Congress, that would support this as a true “National” day.
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