Today is National Pasta Day! Pasta is one of the world’s most popular foods, so it definitely deserves its own day. I searched the web for some of the best pasta recipes out there and found 10 family favorites that you can add to your recipe file!
Pasta is one of America’s favorite foods. In 2000, 1.3 million pounds of pasta were sold in American grocery stores. The average person in Italy eats more than 51 pounds of pasta every year. That’s a whole lot of pasta love!
Bacon and Pea Macaroni Cheese from Confections of a Foodie Bride
The origination of pasta is rather vague. There is evidence suggesting the Etruscans made pasta as early as 400 B.C. and legend has it that noodles were first made by 13th century German bakers who fashioned dough into symbolic shapes, such as swords, birds and stars, which were baked and served as bread. Either way, it was a great invention!
Caramelized Onion Gratin Pasta from She Simmers
Most pasta is made using wheat products mixed with water. Other types of pasta are made using ingredients such as rice, barley, corn, and beans. And then there are egg noodles, which contain egg! Most dry pasta does not contain egg, so that sets egg noodles apart from the rest.
Lemony Orzo Pasta Salad with Cucumber and Feta from Fork Knife Swoon
Did you know? Top-quality pasta is made from durum wheat, which is grown in North Dakota.
Spicy Peanut Noodles with Edamame and Shrimp from Camille Styles
Cooking pasta al dente literally means “to the tooth,” which is how to test pasta to see if it is properly cooked. The pasta should be a bit firm, but tender, offering some resistance to the tooth. Of course those of us in the south are known for the “stick to the wall” method.