The folks who created pasta definitely knew what they were doing. Hundreds of years of Italian tradition go into this meal, yet it’s a seemingly simple dish. Bring a pot of water to boil, pour in the pasta, and in about 8-12 minutes you’ll have a comforting meal to call yours. However, it’s truly how the pasta is crafted and and how it’s paired with sauce that make it great. On October 17, we devote a special day to this incredible dish, National Pasta Day. Pasta may come in hundreds of shapes and sizes but no matter the form, it’s something nearly every American Family has grown up with—we’re tortellini in love with pasta.
National Pasta Day - Survey Results
National Pasta Day - Key Moments
Artificial Pasta Drying Invented
The process of creating dry pasta allowed it to be widely available in Italy.
Late 18th century
First Mentions of Red Sauce
The first mention of tomato sauce was in a 1790 cookbook called L'Apicio Moderno.
First Pasta Factory Opened
Paolo Adami opened it in Venice, Italy.
Pasta Becomes a Staple
In Naples, people became vociferous macaroni-eaters.
First Mentions of Pasta
Pasta is produced in large quantities in Palermo.
How to Celebrate National Pasta Day
1. Invent your own pasta shape
There are approximately 350 different types of pasta around the world, so mimic your favorite one or invent a unique pasta shape. Choose a basic pasta dough recipe and then let the creativity run wild!
2. Host a spaghetti dinner
For those of you who ever played a sport or have just grown up with pasta, there's nothing better than sharing a table with a group of teammates, friends, or family and bonding over a large plate of spaghetti and meatballs. Whatever the occasion, invite some friends over to rekindle the joy of this family-friendly classic.
3. Indulge in your favorite pasta dish
Craving those carbs? Today is your ultimate cheat day. Make a reservation at your favorite pasta place and indulge in oodles of noodles.
Why We Love National Pasta Day
A. It's good for all ages
Pasta is a timeless dish that evokes childhood memories, yet is still enjoyed far beyond childhood. It's not only ageless, but also enjoyed by both the seasoned chef and the less experienced foodie alike. Who knew that the pasta used in your top ramen could be used in a gourmet meal?
B. Pasta brings people together
Pasta crosses culture and dietary boundaries like almost no other single food. It's simple, accessible, and convenient, which makes it the perfect food to enjoy amongst many friends and family. In fact, past, meat, and rice are the three most popular food enjoyed around the globe. So next time you're hosting dinner party, keep in mind that pasta is a real crowdpleaser.
C. It comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors
Pasta shapes and colors vary due to cultural differences, ingredients, and the sauce they're paired with. Americans typically like more popularized shapes such spaghetti or fettuccine, whereas Italians prefer more lesser-known shapes. Kids can even get pasta in the shape of they're favorite cartoon—Spongebob Mac & Cheese anyone?