Mussolini beleived pasta was the reason for many problems in the italian society and pushed for rice based food like risotto.He had support from artists of Italian Futurism, who claimed that pasta made people weak and lazy. contemporaryfoodlab.com/h…
There is a difference between pizza sauce and pasta sauce. Pizza sauce is purΓ©ed and uncooked, while pasta sauce is chunkier and slow simmered. thekitchn.com/is-there-a-…
There's a tree of Italian pasta dishes with Cacio E Pepe at the very top, and each branch below changing by adding only one ingredient. youtube.com/watch?v=Ng7GW…
To this day, Pasta's ethnic roots are still being debated. Many Experts claim that it was a dish that was enjoyed in pre-Roman Italy, while many claim that Marco Polo brought Pasta from China. Before 1270, the Muslim geographer al-Idrisi wrote of seeing pasta produced on Sicily. nationalgeographic.com/hi…
The shape of Spaghetti-Os is actually a real type of pasta. It's not just an American invention. Its true name is Anelli and it's a traditional pasta variety. It even has a holiday on December 11th called National Noodle Ring Day. pastafits.org/pasta-shape…
β€œpasta fazool” comes from the Neapolitan version (β€œpasta e fasole”) of the Italian β€œpasta e fagioli” (β€œpasta and beans”) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pas…
There are over 350 different types of pasta, and about 4 times as many names for them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Giorgetto Giugiaro, the designer of the Delorean, also designed a special pasta shape. jalopnik.com/this-pasta-w…
Tomato sauce is not Italian at all but Mexican. The first tomato sauces were already being sold in the markets of Tenochtitlan when Spaniards arrived, and had many of the same ingredients (tomatoes, bell peppers, chilies) that would later define Italian tomato pasta sauces 200 years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
Pastafarian Niko Alm won the right to do his driving license photo wearing a pasta strainer on his head, after 3 years pursuing permission. He got the idea after reading that Austrian regulations allow headgear in official photos only when it is worn for religious reasons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fly…
"Nuclear Pasta" is the actual name of the type of matter believed to comprise the crust of neutron stars. If it does exist it would be the strongest material in the universe. It's phases have been given then names: gnocchi, spaghetti, lasagna, bucatini and swiss cheese. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuc…
There is a french version of ravioli which explains why ravioli is offered in french cuisine restaurants despite being a pasta. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rav…
Mussolini tried to outlaw Pasta contemporaryfoodlab.com/h…
Ink, expelled as a defence mechanism by octopus, cuttlefish and squid, was used in writing for centuries In present times, this ink is used as a sauce for pastas and has also been proven to be effective in treatment for cancer. wikipedia.org/wiki/Cephal…
It is estimated that Italians eat over 27 kg (60 lb) of pasta per person. Pasta is so beloved in Italy that individual consumption exceeds the average production of wheat of the country; thus Italy frequently imports wheat for pasta making en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pas…
An Austrian man won the right to right to be shown on his driving-licence photo wearing a pasta strainer as "religious headgear". He claimed that he was a β€œPastafarian”, and the strainer was a requirement of his religion. bbc.co.uk/news/world-euro…
Italians eat so much bread and pasta that the government will give Celiacs (gluten intolerant) a stipend of up to €140 to spend on Gluten free products. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
There is a theoretical type of matter called Nuclear Pasta. It involves phases such as the gnocchi phase, the spaghetti phase, and the lasagna phase. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuc…
Austrian Wins Right To Wear Pasta Strainer In Driver’s License spaghettimonster.org/2011…
Today I learned that men who acted effeminate, or gender neutral, in the West during the 18th century were referred to as Macaronis- as the pasta 'Macaroni' was deemed to be very fashionable at the time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
Italy's first Military Battle after WW2 was at Checkpoint Pasta outside an abandoned Barilla factory in Somalia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Naporitan (Japanese: γƒŠγƒγƒͺタン) is a popular Japanese pasta dish. It was created by Shigetada Irie (ε…₯ζ±ŸθŒ‚εΏ ), the general chef of the New Grand Hotel (Hotel New Grand) in Yokohama, when he was inspired by one of the military rations of GHQ, which was spaghetti mixed with tomato ketchup. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nap…
There’s a pasta dish so rare that for the past 200 years only a single Sardinian family has known how to make it atlasobscura.com/foods/th…
Authentic tagliatelle pasta should be 12,270th part of the height of the Asinelli Tower in Bologna. italymagazine.com/dual-la…
Spaghettios didn’t create those small pasta rings, and they aren’t specific to Spaghettios; they’re called anelletti (or anelli) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ane…
Today I learned about "Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management," an extensive guide to running a household in Victorian Britain, published in 1861. It recommends boiling pasta for an hour and forty-five minutes and states that potatoes are "suspicious; a great many are narcotic, and many are deleterious." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mrs…
When any starchy food (Pasta) is cooked, cooled and reheated, it reduces the rise in blood glucose by 50%. bbc.com/news/magazine-296…
First Italian pasta recipe that called for tomato sauce appeared in 1839 theatlantic.com/health/ar…
The Pasta Napoletana at the Cheesecake Factory contains over 2,300 calories. It would take 3 hrs of non stop running at 8 mph to burn it off. eatthis.com/worst-meals-2…
The Bartman baseball was sold at auction and then detonated. The remains were boiled, the steam collected and distilled and added to a pasta sauce by the Harry Caray Restaurant Group. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Despite all the memes we make today Mussolini actually wanted Italians to eat less pasta. contemporaryfoodlab.com/h…
Donald Goerke was tasked with developing a canned pasta that would appeal to children. His team reportedly considered pasta in the shapes of baseballs, cowboys, spacemen and stars before settling on the "O" shape. He became known as "The Daddy-O of SpaghettiOs." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
It was not until 1844 that the first recipe appeared for the most common pasta dish today: spaghetti in tomato sauce. nationalgeographic.com/ar…
The average pasta serving size is 480% larger than what's recommended ajph.aphapublications.org…
The recipe for pasta w/tomato sauce is only about 300 years old finedininglovers.com/stor…
Today I learned of an Anaheim chef who serves free pasta meals to "motel kids" whose families cannot afford permanent homes. The chef was inspired by his Italian mother who saw a child eating potato chips for dinner and told him in Italian, "You must feed them the pasta!" He has served over 270,000 meals. cnn.com/2011/LIVING/03/24…
The only reason to add salt to water for cooking pasta is to add flavor. It would take 15 tablespoons of salt to raise the boiling temperature of 1L of water by 2 degrees. chemistry.about.com/od/fo…
King Richard II of England's master cook's cookbook 'The Forme of Cury' (1390) featured several recipes for pasta oldcook.com/en/medieval-c…
Today I learned of 'Mangia', an Atari 2600 video game in which a mother force feeds her son with pasta until he explodes. The boy can feed animals with the food, but if the mother sees him do so, she brings out three times as much pasta as punishment. 'Mangia' is among the rarest video games for collectors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
The Cheesecake Factory's Bistro Shrimp Pasta has 3,120 calories and 89 grams of saturated fat and 1,090 milligrams of sodium. This is 150% of the daily recommended caloric intake for the average adult, in one meal. reuters.com/article/2013/…
The FDA allows up to nine rodent hairs in your 16-ounce box of pasta, three maggots in your 28-ounce can of tomatoes, and 136 insect fragments and four rodent hairs in a jar of peanut butter. menshealth.com/health/foo…
Hulk Hogan's final WCW contract had clauses paying him $20,000 US per month to wear New World Order T-Shirts and allowed him to license his image for "Pasta, pasta restaurants, sandwiches, sun tan oil, health drink mixers and vitamins." scribd.com/doc/287131780/…
Inside neutron stars, nuclear material can form "nuclear pasta", where it exists in phases like the spaghetti and lasagna phase, so named for their resemblance to pasta. youtube.com/watch?v=euwta…
Mousolini's wife survived WW2 and opened a pasta restaurant in her hometown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rac…
In 2008 Pizza Hut changed their name to Pasta Hut in a publicity stunt to promote their Tuscani Pasta line. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piz…
The Yankee Doodle lyrics "Stuck a feather in his hat and called it macaroni" refer not to the pasta, but to Macaroni fashion, a British type of pompous over-dressing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
The earliest recorded pasta is Testaroli, created by the Etruscans en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tes…
The first record of a tomato based pasta sauce was in the 1790. Italian cuisine had no tomatoes until after New World contact since tomatoes originate from the Americas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pas…
It's faster and more efficient to cook pasta in a frying pan. youtube.com/watch?v=Zkz4e…
Until August 2017 there were three McDonalds locations that still offered McPizza: Pomeroy, OH, Spencer, WV, and a location in Orlando that just added pizza to the menu in 2016, until corporate determined that only the Florida location (which also offers pasta and brunch) could sell pizza. today.com/food/mcdonalds-…
'Alfredo' of Fettucine Alfredo was originally 'in Bianco', meaning 'in white'. It was a dish of pasta, butter, and Parmesan eaten for an unsettled stomach. In 1920's Rome, a restauranteur named Alfredo impressed actress Mary Pickford and Hollywood brought Alfredo to popularity in the US. culturediscovery.com/tusc…
An Austrian, claiming to be a member of The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, successfully convinced his gov't that he had to wear a pasta strainer on his head for his driver's license photo because it was his "religious headgear". The gov't made him undergo a psychiatric evaluation first. bbc.co.uk/news/world-euro…
Strozzapreti pasta is known as Italy’s β€œpriest-strangler”, dating back to the 1600s. These corkscrew-looking penne were born upon a curse cast by women against gluttonous clergymen in central Italy. news.com.au/travel/travel…
The fork came to Italy before any other European country because of pasta en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Quebec language police once tried to ban the word 'pasta' for not being French. theguardian.com/world/201…
The "Where's the beef?" Wendy's advertising campaign of 1984 ended in 1985 when the actress performed in a commercial for Prego pasta sauce, saying that she "finally found" the beef. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whe…
Italian names for pasta usually end in the letter I or E as they are the masculine & feminine pluralisations, singulars normally end in an O such as 'Spaghetto', 'Raviolo', and 'Tortellino'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Al dente pasta is better for you. If overcooked, the glycemic index rises, meaning pasta that is cooked al dente is digested and absorbed slower than overcooked pasta. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
In Italy, noodles predate tomato sauce by hundreds of years. Before the 17th and 18th centuries, Italians enjoyed pasta mainly with cheese, oils and anchovies. nellositaly.com/the-histo…
Fish semen, known as milt, is considred a delicacy in many cuisines. The Russians serve it pickled, the Sicilians use it as a pasta sauce, and the Japanese call it 'white children' wikipedia.com/wiki/milt
The baseball that infamous Cub's fan Steve Bartman intercepted during the 2003 NLCS was bought for $113,824 and used as an ingredient in a pasta sauce boston.redsox.mlb.com/new…
Puttanesca Sauce is said to have been devised by prostitutes as one that could be cooked quickly between clients' visits. Word origin: Italian, from puttana 'prostitute'. The pasta sauce recipe typically includes tomatoes, garlic, olives, and anchovies. oxforddictionaries.com/us…
Pasta cooked al dente has a lower glycemic index than pasta cooked soft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_…
Today I learned about Nuclear Pasta. A type of matter found in the crust of neutron stars where the nuclear attraction and electrical repulsive forces are near equal. Thus creating complex structures of neutrons/protons that resemble pasta shapes. wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclea…
The Italian Futurist Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, a good friend of Mussolini's, was against pasta, calling it "an absurd Italian gastronomic religion," "anti-virile," and "no food for fighters." artinsociety.com/the-futu…
Today I learned about Dreamfields Pasta. The company claimed that the carbs in their pasta was "protected" and not absorbed, perfect for diabetics. They were sued after it was determined that it was just regular pasta and paid $10,000,000 fine. They still sell their product, minus the low carb claim. dietdoctor.com/fraud-sett…
Newman's Own (Makers of fine pasta sauce) Donates all proceeds after taxes to various charitable organizations, over 300 million! newmansown.com/ourstory.a…
Eating cold or reheated pasta is actually healthier than eating fresh cooked pasta. bbc.com/news/magazine-296…
The idea that Marco Polo introduced Italy to pasta via China is false, the foodstuff existed in Asia, Middle East, and Africa simultaneously. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pas…
Jon Bon Jovi's dad has his own brand of pasta sauce. bongiovibrand.com/about.p…
There exists a form of matter in some stars called "nuclear pasta", where protons and neutrons are compressed into shapes such as "lasagna", "spaghetti", and "fusilli". insidescience.org/video/w…
Fish semen, known as milt, is considred a delicacy in many cuisines. The Russians serve it pickled, the Sicilians use it as a pasta sauce, and the Japanese call it 'white children'. Wikipedia.com/wiki/milt
Cooking, cooling and then re-heating your pasta makes it significantly less fattening by altering the starch's internal structure. thehigherlearning.com/201…
The baseball from the famous Steve Bartman incident, after being sold for over $100k, was made into pasta sauce. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Lukas Novy, Czech Republican man and member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, is wearing a pasta sieve on his head in an official government ID, because it is an observance of his faith. opposingviews.com/i/relig…
Pasta shapes are different for different types of sauces. delish.com/recipes/cookin…
Pasta puttanesca, roughly translates to "whore pasta". en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/P…
Pasta Puttanesca means "Pasta in the Whore's Style" en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/S…
A rare infection can cause you to get drunk off of bread, soda or pasta. npr.org/blogs/thesalt/201…
After considering shapes of baseballs, cowboys, spacemen and stars, Donald Goerke (inventor of SpaghettiOs) settled on the "O" shape to make the pasta more resilient to canning & reheating, provide easier consumption using a spoon, and minimize mess (vs. eating long pasta). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
The baseball caught by Chicago Cubs fan Steve Bartman was publicly detonated by a special effects expert and later used by a restaurant in a pasta sauce. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
There are many, many different kinds of pasta... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Pasta was introduced to Italy by nomadic Arabs pbs.org/food/the-history-…
Due to a line in their song "If I Had $1000000", fans of the Barenaked Ladies began throwing boxes of Kraft Dinner on stage during live shows, with some people even cooking the pasta. It got so bad that security began checking people for the boxes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_…
The distinct shape of Tortellini is supposedly from when an innkeeper was transfixed by the beauty of Venus. The innkeeper peeked in through a keyhole and saw Venus' navel. He rushed to the kitchen and created a pasta modeled after Venus' navel. Thus Tortellini was invented. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor…
The same ingredient in synthetic leather is used in dried pastas kimberlysnyder.net/blog/2…
The International Chili society forbids beans and pasta in competition dishes chilicookoff.com/Event/Ev…
Macaroni does not refer to the shape of the pasta. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
There is a type of pasta, shaped like radiators, called radiatori. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
There are microscopic weevil eggs in ALL grain products (pasta, rice, etc,) and that if you leave them in your cupboard for too long they will hatch. barryfarm.com/How_tos/how…
A popular South Asian cold drink includes pasta as an ingredient. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
A Pair of Small Islands in the Caribbean Sea is the Largest Exporter of Pasta in 2011 (32% world exports, $3.65B) atlas.cid.harvard.edu/exp…
Mrs Beeton, author of Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management, recommended boiling pasta for 1 hour and 45 minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mrs…
Octopus ink is used in food coloring and flavoring such as pastas and sauces. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/C…
, yes, modern pasta really comes originally from Italy historyextra.com/qa/did-i…
Chef Boy-Ar-Dee, the maker of various canned pasta products, was an actual famous chef of the early 20th century. Italian born with the actual last name of Boiardi, this chef worked his way up Head Chef of the Plaza Hotel in New York before founding his canned line of products. foodimentary.com/2012/03/…
There's a traditional pasta recipe called Whore's Pasta geometryofpasta.co.uk/rec…

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