Some Interesting Facts about Pasta

It came from China

Pasta is wrongly believed to have originated from Italy. It was actually invented in China

All the shapes in the world

Elbow and stripes are not only shapes that pasta comes in; there are a total of 600 pasta shapes. Heard of Bigoli, Mezzelune, MaccheroniInferrati, FusiIstriani and what not!

More the merrier

Italians eat pasta the most in the world. The second largest consumers of pasta are Venezuelans.

Porridge and Pastry

The word pasta has a different meaning in different languages. It means “a dough pastry cake” in Latin, “barley porridge” in Greek and “paste” in Italian.

Made in Italy

One of every four plates of pasta consumed anywhere in the world is Italian. More than 6000 companies and 30,000 people work in the Italian pasta industry.

America’s Favorite Pasta

Americans’ three favorite pasta varieties, in order, are spaghetti, penne and rotini.

Different sauce for different pasta

Not all pastas are meant to be enjoyed with all sauces. Long, flat pasta such as fettuccine and linguine are best paired with creamy sauces, which cling better to that particular pasta shape. Thicker, chunkier tomato sauces go better with pasta sporting a short, tubular or spiral shape, like rotini and fusilli.

First Pasta Factory in America

The first American pasta factory was opened in Brooklyn, New York, in 1848, by a Frenchman named Antoine Zerega. Mr. Zerega managed the entire operation with just one horse in his basement to power the machinery. To dry his spaghetti, he placed strands of the pasta on the roof to dry in the sunshine.

Pasta makes you Happy

Pasta is a good source of carbohydrates. It also contains protein. Carbohydrates help fuel your body by providing energy that is released slowly over time.

Do the Durum

Top-quality pasta is made from durum wheat.

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