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National Pasta Day – October 17, 2024

What is National Pasta Day?

National Pasta day is celebrated every October 17. The folks who created pasta definitely knew what they were doing. Hundreds of years of Italian tradition go into this simple meal. Each October, we devote a special day to this incredible dish. Pasta come in many shapes and sizes but no matter the form, it’s something nearly every American Family has grown up with.


National Pasta Day Related Holidays

Red sauce with meatballs, or blanketed in bolognese, spaghetti is no doubt one of our favorite pastas. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite wine and pile on the parmesan cheese while your pasta is still hot! National Spaghetti Day is celebrated annually on January 4. 
Creamy white sauce that’s delicious with chicken, shrimp, or even plain! Fettuccine Alfredo is a comforting and heart warming dish that is no doubt celebrated by cheesy pasta lovers everywhere. National Fettuccine Alfredo Day is celebrated yearly on February 7.
Pillows of pasta stuffed with a tasty filling, National Tortellini Day falls on February 13 every year. The fabled story of the tortellini’s conception involves the Goddess Venus and a peeping tom tavern owner. To read more about the tortellini’s shape, check out our page for National Tortellini Day! 

History of National Pasta Day

Spaghetti, fettuccini, macaroni, and ravioli: pasta is undoubtably one of our favorite comfort foods. But do we know how the dish became so popular here in the states? Or where it even came from? The origins of pasta are a little difficult to trace, but many researchers support the theory that Marco Polo brought noodles back to Italy upon returning from a trip to China in 1271. 
Though this theory supports a tale of discovery and adventure, Marco Polo’s travels are all retold through second hand sources, making the accuracy questionable. However, if Marco Polo did bring pasta back to Italy, he certain wasn’t the first to do so. Pasta was already a popular dish in Italy by the early 13th century. Other historians have traced pasta back to ancient Etruscan civilizations, who would grind cereals and grains before mixing them with water to produce their own pasta-like carbohydrate.
Pasta was brought to America by early Spanish settlers, but wasn’t popular until Thomas Jefferson made a trip to Paris and fell in love with macaroni (which, at the time, referred to any pasta shape). Years later, when a large group of Italian immigrants moved from Italy to America, pasta became a staple and obtainable meal in the United States.

National Pasta Day timeline

First Mentions of Pasta

Pasta is produced in large quantities in Palermo.

Pasta Becomes a Staple

In Naples, people became vociferous macaroni-eaters.

First Pasta Factory Opened

Paolo Adami opened it in Venice, Italy.

Late 1700s
First Mentions of Red Sauce

The first mention of tomato sauce was in a 1790 cookbook called L'Apicio Moderno.

Artificial Pasta Drying Invented

The process of creating dry pasta allowed it to be widely available in Italy.

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National Pasta Day FAQs

Is today National Pasta Day?

National Pasta Day is celebrated yearly on October 17. With 350 different shapes of pasta, it’s impossible to get tired of this popular meal!

Is there a National Lasagna Day?

A day dedicated to your favorite casserole, National Lasagna Day comes around yearly on July 29.

Is there a national bacon day?

If you’re a meat eater, you’re not gonna want to miss this one. National Bacon Day is celebrated annually on December 30. 

National Pasta Day Activities

  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

  1. 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?

  2. 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, pasta, meat, and rice are the three most popular foods enjoyed around the globe. So next time you're hosting a dinner party, keep in mind that pasta is a real crowdpleaser.

  3. 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 shapes that can hold more sauce. Kids can even get pasta in the shape of their favorite cartoon—Spongebob Mac & Cheese anyone?

National Pasta Day dates

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