Pasta is one of our favourite foods - it’s the perfect diet, comfort food or snack that we just can’t get enough of! This Thursday 26th October 2017 marks on of the best days of the year, National Pasta Day! Pasta lovers across the globe can celebrate this special day by indulging into their favourite dish - we have the Spaghetti Bolognese at the ready! In preparation for this, we thought we’d take a look back at the history of our beloved pasta, explore its roots - and of course throw in some fun facts along the way…
Where did Pasta originate from?
If you didn’t know already, then we are sorry for breaking this to you but Pasta is NOT from Italy despite it being synonymous with Italian cuisine *sob*. One theory suggests that pasta was first brought to Italy by Marco Polo from China way when he visited in the 13th Century. He wrote about it in his book ‘The Travels of Marco Polo’ with reference to a plant that produced flour which the Chinese used to make pasta like dishes - there’s even one that he describes as lasagna. However, many food critics have been quick to criticize this theory arguing that other countries had already been producing similar products during this time
Food historians actually believe the Arabs (from Libya) brought the pasta along with other essential foods such as spinach and the sugarcane to the Mediterranean as they referenced this food in the 5th century in the Talmud and it said that many Italians learned from their cooking methods and this how their gained their knowledge - and expertise in cooking pasta today.
Here are some of favourite pasta facts that you can never forgetti…
Ditch the spoon!
Apparently, you are not supposed to eat Spaghetti with a spoon - this started off as an American habit. In Italy, you are supposed to use only a fork and twirl it against the dish
How much Pasta?
Despite it not being traditionally Italian, every one of them will eat around 26 kilos of pasta a year - that’s from small babies to the elderly
It’s all in the name…
If you’re eating any pasta dish, I’d probably look away now just incase. In Italian, Spaghetti names don’t sound too good. Did you know that Spaghetti actually means strings, vermicelli are small worms, farfalle are butterflies and linguine little tongues?
What pasta dish will you be enjoying for #NationalPastaDay? Let us know over on Twitter #GBLOVES