Pasta Lovers, Rejoice!

October 26, 2018

Pasta is a very versatile, worldwide food. It comes in many shapes and sizes, and it can be served hot or cold as a main dish, side dish or even a salad. References to pasta were first noted in 1154 in Sicily, but it’s used in foods of all cultures, such as Chinese Chow Mein and German Spaetzle.

There are more than 600 shapes of pasta, and many of their names are often descriptive of their shapes. For example:

• Spaghetti means cord
• Fettucine is Italian for “small ribbons”
• Penne translates to the word “quills”
• Tortellini means “little cakes”
• Linguini is “little tongues”
• Rotini is the Italian word for spirals
• Vermicelli is “little worms”
• Fusili means spindles
• Capellini means “fine hairs”
• Conchiglie translates as the word “shells”

World Pasta Day
World Pasta Day was proclaimed during the World Pasta Congress in 1995, where experts from all over the world gather to discuss the importance of spreading knowledge of the world’s outlook of pasta. World Pasta Day promotes the eating and enjoyment of pasta, as well as its cultural and culinary importance. Pasta is simple, delicious, healthy and sustainable. Also, it brings people together around the table.

For World Pasta Day, we suggest you broaden your horizons. It’s always nice to prepare your favorite noodle dish, but today, try something new. Experiment with delicious flavors and textures. Try new noodle types or make your own pasta. Experiment with sauces and flavors that are outside your normal pallet.

Invite your friends to share their favorite pasta dish and spread the love. Sure, it may feel like a rich and creamy carbohydrate overload, and you might need to take a nap. But your stomach will be full and your heart will be happy! And if that’s not enough to convince you, here are three more reasons to celebrate this awesome food.

Pasta can be healthy.
Many pasta dishes are nutritious. It’s one of the basic parts of a Mediterranean diet, which is one of the healthiest eating patterns in the world and linked to decrease in Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Try a wheat or veggie pasta mixed with tomato sauce, olive oil, vegetables, beans, lean meets and/or seafood.

Pasta help you feel full.
Pasta has a lower glycemic index than less complex carbohydrate foods, which is better for your blood sugar. It provides steady energy and a prolonged feeling of fullness, which can help you lose weight. Also, pasta can have a moderate calorie count, especially if the portion size is correct.

Pasta is good for the planet.
Pasta is a simple, plant-based food and has a low environmental impact. The industry has seen a progressive decrease in water consumption and CO2 equivalent emissions. Prepare pasta using one pot to save energy and water, and serve it with local, seasonal ingredients.