Celebrating National Pasta Month

National Pasta Month, National Pasta Day, Pasta

October is National Pasta Month. On October 17, we delight in the essence of celebrating National Pasta Day.

According to Wikipedia,

Pasta is a staple food of traditional Italian cuisine, with the first reference dating to 1154 in Sicily. It is also commonly used to refer to the variety of pasta dishes. Typically, pasta is a noodle made from an unleavened dough of a durum wheat flour mixed with water or egg and formed into sheets or various shapes, then cooked and served in any number of dishes. It can be made with flour from other cereals or grains, and eggs may be used instead of water. Pastas may be divided into two broad categories, dried (pasta secca) and fresh (pasta fresca).

Both dried and fresh pasta come in a number of shapes and varieties, with 310 specific forms known variably by over 1300 names having been documented. In Italy the names of specific pasta shapes or types often vary with locale.

Pasta has been a part of family traditions for generations. Whether you’re having spaghetti, lasagna, Tetrazzini or pasta salad, the recipes are endless. It is very low in sodium and non-egg varieties are cholesterol-free. Believe it or not, per cup, enriched pastas provide an excellent source of folic acid and a good source of other essential nutrients, including iron and several B-vitamins.

For more information about cooking tips and delicious recipes, check out the health professionals at the National Pasta Association http://www.ilovepasta.org/public/national-pasta-month So, what is your favorite pasta dish?

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