Do you like pasta and how do you prepare it? Did you know that different types are prepared with different sauces? For example, long and flat pastas such as fettuccine and linguini are best paired with creamy sauces. Short pasta pairs well with tomato-based sauces.
In our column "Did you know that…?", we share some tempting facts about pasta.
Historical records show that pasta appeared thousands of years ago and was discovered not by the Italians but by the Chinese.
Legend has it that noodles were first made by German bakers in the 13th century.
When Thomas Jefferson tasted Italian pasta, he fell in love with the dish forever. What's more, at his order, pasta began to be produced in America, as he also managed to bring a pasta-making machine.
Over 600 types of pasta are known.
Most often pasta is made using wheat products mixed with water. Some types of pasta are made from ingredients such as rice, barley, corn, beans.
Also, the paste has many different colors. Usually they depend on the ingredients in it like spinach, tomato, cuttlefish and others.
Pasta became part of Italian cuisine in 1154.
Pasta can be dry or fresh. The three most popular types of pasta are penne, spaghetti and macaroni.
The traditional Italian way of cooking spaghetti is known as "al dente". Which means that the pasta is soft on the outside and slightly hard on the inside.
The three most popular pasta dishes are: macaroni with cheese, spaghetti bolognese and lasagna. Uncooked dry pasta can be stored for one year.
October is the month of pasta.
Eating pasta makes us happy. The carbohydrates in the pasta increase the release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that scientists believe causes feelings of happiness and well-being.