Noodle lovers – today is your day! January 4th is National Spaghetti Day, where we pay homage to the long, thin cylindrical pasta. If you’re a fan, today’s your day to grab a fork and enjoy a steaming plate of this classic dish.
Spaghetti is usually made from semolina flour, and though it is of Italian and Sicilian origin (or possibly invented in Asia or created by Arabs, depending on how you specifically define spaghetti), the pasta is loved by millions and has been a worldwide favorite for ages.
There are many different pasta dishes that use spaghetti and incorporate a variety of sauces, but the most popular form of spaghetti in the U.S. has a mild tomato sauce and meatballs (or meat in the sauce), with the pasta cooked past al dente.
You may have heard it’s a good idea to throw pasta against a wall, and if it sticks, it’s done. And typically, that’s OK for spaghetti. But for other past, it should be firm to the bite. The more pasta cooks, the gummier it gets; so if it sticks to the wall, it’s probably already over-cooked.
Saucy Spaghetti Facts
- In Italian, “spaghetti” means “twine” or “little lines.”
- Spaghetti is the most common round-rod type of pasta.
- Tomato sauce and meatballs were an American innovation to spaghetti.
- Parmesan is the most popular spaghetti topping.
- Pasta has been offered for sale since the 5th century.
- Contrary to popular belief, Marco Polo did not discover spaghetti.
- Thomas Jefferson popularized macaroni in the U.S. in the 18th century, but it was Italian immigrants who brought spaghetti to America.
- In Italy, almost 3 million tons of pasta are made each year. In the U.S. we make nearly 2 millions of pasta yearly.
- The average Italian eats 55 pounds of pasta a year. As a comparison, the average American eats 15.5 pounds of pasta a year.
- In the year 2000, American grocery stores sold 1.3 million pounds of spaghetti. Lined up end-to-end, those packages could circle the Earth nine times!
- The children’s song “On Top of Spaghetti” was released in 1962. Sung to the tune of “On Top of Old Smoky,” it was written and originally sung by folk singer Tom Glazer with the Do-Re-Mi Children’s Chorus.
- The world record for the largest bowl of spaghetti was set in March of 2010 when a California restaurant filled a swimming pool with more than 13,780 pounds of pasta.
The good news is it’s easy to celebrate National Spaghetti Day. We suggest you stop by Sipipa today and order a heaping plate or order online!