National Spaghetti Day
Mamma Mia! Set your taste buds a-tingling, this January holiday celebrates the infamous Italian dish — spaghetti. Before you leave in the morning take some hamburger out of the freezer to thaw or stop on the way home for pre-made meatballs; either way spaghetti is what’s for dinner.
Spaghetti can be eaten with a variety of different noodle types. There’s spaghettoni, which is a thicker form of original spaghetti noodles. There’s capellini, which is a thin version of spaghetti. You can also go rogue and use vermicelli, linguine, or fettuccine to mix it up a bit.
The origin of spaghetti is a trickier matter than consuming the tomato-infused dish — but not by much. It’s thought that spaghetti originated in an Asian country, perhaps traveling from China to Italy. Marco Polo is most likely the guy responsible for bringing the noodles to Italy; everybody thank Marco! He wrote a book “The Travels of Marco Polo,” and in this rendition he briefly mentions a barley-like meal that was used to make several pasta dishes, or what they considered pasta dishes at the time. However spaghetti was already gaining popularity at the time, so it’s possible Marco wasn’t the only one — or the first one — responsible for introducing the dish to the rest of the world.
Now we know a tad bit more about the history of the noodle dish; let’s learn about the history of the word “spaghetti.” In Italian, “spago” means string, and the plural of spago is spaghetti, which basically translates to a bunch of strings. Sounds like spaghetti, right?
Remember when you’re shopping the week of January 4 to purchase the ingredients for a tasty spaghetti dish, and since you’re already celebrating this January holiday might as well buy some wine to pair well with it!