Did you know that carb lovers around the world have been indulging in pasta meals for around 5000 years! That’s a long time to perfect the recipe…
World Pasta Day was first celebrated in 1995 when 40 pasta manufacturers from around the globe took part in the first ever World Pasta Congress. The rest, is history.
Pasta is typically made from an unleavened dough of durum wheat flour (semolina) mixed with water or eggs, and formed into sheets or various shapes, then cooked by boiling or baking. It became an important part of peoples’ diets in the 14th and 15th centuries due to the fact that it could be dried and stored for long periods of time.
America’s National Pasta Association says that there are over 600 different shapes of pasta!
Some of the more recognisable types of pasta include lasagne, spaghetti, tagliatelle, rigatoni, macaroni, penne, ravioli, linguine, and tortellini. The less familiar types include paccheri, agnolotti, manicotti, farfalle, campanelle, and pizzoccheri amongst others!
According to Wikipedia, when cooked, plain pasta is composed of 62% water, 31% carbohydrates (26% starch), 6% protein, and 1% fat. A 100 gram portion of unenriched cooked pasta provides 160 Calories and a moderate level of manganese, but few other micronutrients.
Did you know that Gordon Ramsey has a pasta record?!
The celebrity chef rolled the longest pasta sheet in 60 seconds to set a Guinness World Record in 2017. The sheet reached a whopping 144.78cm long!
Got a penchant for pasta?
Here are our top 10 favourite pasta-licious recipes:
1. Brilliant Bacon Pasta recipe
… when you need a bit of bacon in your life:
Fusilli Pasta recipe topped with Crispy Bacon, Sweetcorn Kernels, Courgettes and fresh Herbs
2. Red Wine Ragu with Rigatoni Pasta recipe
… for when a glass of wine isn’t enough. Comfort food deluxe!
A hearty dinner recipe for Red Wine Ragu served with Rigatoni Pasta
3. Sundried Tomato and Roasted Aubergine Pasta recipe
… for a tasty ‘Meat free Monday’ option that still bursts with flavour
Recipe for Sundried Tomato and Roasted Aubergine Pasta – a little bit sweet, a little bit spicy and not too heavy.
4. Slow Cooker Beef Pasta recipe
… a crockpot-wonder for a busy woman!
Enjoy this cheesy recipe for Slow Cooked Pasta with beef mince and Italian sausage
5. Avocado Pasta recipe
… for the avo enthusiast
Recipe for Avocado Pasta with a tangy garlic and lemon sauce
6. Mushroom and Chicken Meatballs with Marrow Pasta recipe
… for the “mmmmmmm” factor without the carbs:
Recipe for homemade Mushroom and Chicken Meatballs served with baby marrow pasta and sweet chilli sauce.
7. Tomato & Basil Zucchini Pasta recipe
… for all the taste that doesn’t go to the waist
Recipe for Tomato, Basil and Ricotta Zucchini Pasta – delicious and healthy too
8. Chicken, Tomato & Spinach Pasta recipe
… for budget-friendly month-end or midweek family meal
Easy recipe for Chicken, Spinach and Basil Pasta
9. Spaghetti Bolognese recipe
… for the nostalgia. An old favourite that doesn’t fail to satisfy!
Quick and easy dinner recipe for Spaghetti Bolognese
10. Spaghetti Carbonara recipe
… for the creamy comfort. You can’t go wrong with cheese, cream and bacon!
Quick and easy recipe for Spaghetti Carbonara topped with parmesan cheese