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8 Things You Didn’t Know About Pasta

1. PASTA WAS FIRST EATEN IN CHINA, NOT ITALY

The Chinese are on record as having eaten pasta as early as 5,000 B.C.

 

2. THERE ARE MORE THAN 600 PASTA SHAPES WORLDWIDE.

How many can you name?

Orzo with Watermelon Basil and Feta

3. THOMAS JEFFERSON INTRODUCED MACARONI TO AMERICA IN 1789.

 

4. THE TOP COUNTRIES THAT CONSUME THE MOST PASTA

  1. Italy
  2. Venezuela
  3. Tunisia

Linguine with Shrimp

5. ON AVERAGE, ITALIANS CONSUME OVER 60 POUNDS OF PASTA PER YEAR.

In spaghetti form that's 600 Million kilometers- enough to wrap around the planet 15,000 times!

 

6. IN THE 13TH CENTURY, THE POPE SET QUALITY STANDARDS FOR PASTA.

Goat Cheese Sun-Dried Tomato Spinach Linguine

7. THE MOST POPULAR PASTA VARIETIES ARE SPAGHETTI, PENNE & ROTINI.

 

8. EATING PASTA MAKES YOU HAPPY.

The carbohydrates in pasta boost serotonin levels which improve mood.

Pesto Pasta