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Happy National Pasta Day

October 17th is National Pasta Day. Pappardelle, gnocchi, lasagna, ravioli… the options are endless when you’ve got a hankering for pasta.

Pasta is one of the world’s most favorite 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 favorite sauce and let’s eat! 🙂

  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.
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

Enjoy some of our recipes.