NATIONAL PASTA DAY
Myth vs Fact
Thomas Jefferson introduced pasta to the Americas after first tasting it in Naples, Italy. He was the American Ambassador to France at the time. In 1789, he brought the first pasta machine, along with crates of macaroni, back to the United States.
Pasta became a common North American food in the late 19th century with the surge in Italian immigration.
What’s In the Pantry?
What’s in your pantry? Homemade pasta sauce tastes great with pasta and is limited only by the ingredients you have on hand. Follow a recipe or use your imagination. It’s that simple!
Some basics include olive oil, garlic, tomato and hot pepper flakes. Combine for a quick and easy sauce.
Keep fresh herbs (basil, parsley) on hand to add flavor.
Pair sauce with vegetables or beans.
Add meat and simmer for a thicker, richer flavor.
- Dried and fresh pasta come in a number of shapes and varieties.
- There are 310 specific forms known variably by over 1300 names having been recently documented.
- In Italy, names of specific pasta shapes or types vary with locale.
- Example: Cavatelli is known by 28 different names depending on the region and town.
Learn more about pasta from the National Pasta Association at http://ilovepasta.org/
HOW TO OBSERVE
Cook up a bowl of your favorite pasta and use #NationalPastaDay to post on social media.