Monday, 17 October 2016

National Pasta Day- October 17th 2016


Good Morning Foodies, hope you all had a great weekend?

Today Monday 17th October is National Pasta Day and if you love you pasta, this mean you can eat as much as you like and over indulge yourself :-)

Pasta is one of the world's most favourite foods!  Spaghetti, lasagna, rotini, tortellini - there are over 600 known pasta shapes. 
It's delicious, it's nutritious, it's versatile.  It can be enjoyed as a main course, or as a side dish.  Top it with your favourite sauce and mangiamo - let's eat! :-)


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  1. The average American consumes 20 lbs. of pasta annually. This makes it the 6th highest food per capita in the country.
  2. As of March 2012, the average price an American pays for pasta is $1.45 per pound! This makes it one of the most affordable meals.
  3. 24% of the global consumption of pasta is by Americans – the largest of any country in the world. Americans consume 6 billion pounds of pasta each year.
  4. The United States produces 4.4 billion pounds of pasta annually, making it the second largest pasta-producing nation.
  5. Pasta made its way to the New World through the English, who discovered it while touring Italy. Colonists brought to America the English practice of cooking noodles at least one half hour, then smothering them with cream sauce and cheese.

Fresh vs Dry Pasta

Fresh pasta (pasta fresca) is not necessarily better than dried pasta (pasta secce).  It just that it's made differently and it tastes different.  Dry pastas are made with just wheat and water.  Fresh pastas add egg to the dough
It is the shape of the noodle that gives pasta its name.  
Some examples:


Spaghetti - cord                              Linguini - little tongues 
Vermicelli - little worms                   Conchiglie - shells
Rotini - spirals                                Fettucine - small ribbons 
Ravioli - little turnips                        Capellini - fine hairs
Fusilli - little spindles                      Cannelloni - tubes
Tortellini - little cakes                      Penne - quills 
Rigatoni - short, wide fluted tubes   
Lasagna - broad, sometimes ruffled, ribbons of pasta

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