10 Fun Facts About Pasta That You Don't Know

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Not only is pasta simple to make and equally delicious, but there are plenty of interesting facts about Italy’s favourite dish right here!


1
According to the International Pasta Organization (yes, there is an International Pasta Organization) the average American eats nearly 20 pounds of pasta a year.

2
Records indicate that the Chinese were eating pasta as early as 5,000 BC.

3
Thomas Jefferson is credited with bringing the first “macaroni” machine to America in 1789 when he returned home after serving as ambassador to France.

4
The Italian word pasta comes from the same Latin word, which means “dough.”

5
The average person in Italy consumes more than 51 pounds of pasta every year.

6
Pasta can be served in multiple ways. It can be mixed with a sauce or a fresh condiment, it can be stirred into soups or stews, and it can also be baked.

7
Pasta has many health benefits, as it is low in calorific value and contains various nutrients and minerals.

8
Cooked pasta can be frozen and re-eaten within three months.

9
Uncooked dry pasta can be kept for up to a year.

10
The Ancient Romans used to fry their pasta.