Celebrating National Pasta Month
October is National Pasta Month in America, and we’re ready to celebrate! Pasta has become one of the most accessible foods worldwide. While pasta is a traditional part of Italian cuisine, every country has its own unique take on this popular meal. That’s because pasta is simple and affordable ingredients have made it a staple in almost every home.
So, what’s the best way to celebrate this delicious holiday month? By indulging in exquisite Italian cuisine, of course! But while you sit back and enjoy your favorite pasta dishes, let’s take a closer look at pasta, including its history, how it’s made today, and some fun and interesting facts that you may not know.
The History of Pasta
The history of pasta is rather complicated. Pasta is traditionally associated with Italy. In fact, the average Italian consumes more than 25 kg of pasta each year. However, the first historical reference we’ve gathered on modern-day pasta was recorded in Sicily in 1154. It’s believed that pasta was first brought to Italy from China in the 13th century. However, modern-day pasta is more likely to descend from Asian noodles.
So why is the history of pasta so complicated, you ask? The name is at least partly to blame. “Pasta” is an Italian word for “paste,” referencing the dough it is made from. However, archeologists now believe that pasta originated from Asia, which likely produced noodles for thousands of years.
It’s believed that pasta was first brought to America by early Spanish settlers. However, its rise in popularity in the U.S. was initially thanks to Thomas Jefferson, who brought cases of macaroni back with him after a lengthy stay in Paris from 1784 to 1789. After that, a variety of pasta dishes quickly became familiar to Americans in the 19th century, thanks to Italian immigrants.
How is Pasta Made Today?
The most common types of pasta are made from three simple ingredients: water, salt, and durum wheat. That’s it. The three ingredients are mixed together until it becomes dough, or “paste,” as the translation would lead us to believe. The dough is then molded into different shapes to create the various pasta types.
However, another way of making pasta is to combine those three ingredients with egg, which creates a softer pasta. This type of pasta is called fresh pasta, and it’s likely used in some of your favorite pasta dishes.
Fun and Interesting Facts About Pasta
Want to learn more about pasta? Here are some of the most fun and interesting facts.
There are over 600 pasta types
The three most popular pasta dishes in America are spaghetti, lasagna, and macaroni and cheese
Pasta is traditionally eaten by hand
Italy produces more than 1,432,990 tons of pasta each year
The largest “bowl” of spaghetti was created in California when the restaurant Buca di Beppo filled an entire swimming pool with pasta.
The largest pasta importers are the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and France
Celebrating National Pasta Month at LiLLiES
National Pasta Month is your chance to try new pasta types and classic favorites. While the history of pasta may be complicated, its delicious taste is something we can all agree on! So what are your favorite pasta dishes, and how do you intend to celebrate National Pasta Month?
Are you celebrating National Pasta Month? Come celebrate at LiLLiES with one of our flavorful pasta dishes.