7 Wacky Things You Didn’t Know About Pasta

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Whether we’re twirling it on our forks or baking it into a creamy, cheesy  casserole, there’s no denying that we love pasta.   According to the National Pasta Association, Americans alone eat about 15 pounds per person per year. For a better sense of what that means, consider that the average Italian — who eats pasta daily — eats about 51 pounds per year. Yet, despite our love of these starchy noodles, we’d be willing to bet our weight in dried penne that most people don’t actually know very much about pasta.

When we think of pasta, most of us picture the semolina flour-based noodle stocked on supermarket shelves in a colorful cardboard box, but pasta comes in a range of different varieties both dried and fresh. On the contrary, pasta is found fresh as well as dried.

If all this talk of pasta is making you hungry, go put a big pot of well-salted water on to boil (and please, no oil — it’ll just make the pasta sauce slide off the noodles) and read on. We’ve got some fun pasta facts to keep you busy until your noodles reach a perfect al dente.

1. All Pastas and Sauces Are Not Interchangeable

Part of the reason that there are so many shapes of pasta is that the weight, texture, size and shape of the pasta all contribute to the way that it holds onto sauce: basically, certain shapes of pasta are better paired with certain sauces than others. Creamy sauces, for example, cling well to long, flat strands, while short, tubular shapes are better paired with thick, chunky sauces.

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2. Al Dente Pasta Keeps You Fuller Longer

When pasta is cooked al dente (which literally means “to the tooth” or “to the bite) it takes longer to digest. Not only will that keep you fuller longer, it also helps the paste keep your blood sugar levels more stable.

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3. Pasta is a Sustainable Food

Plant-based foods (like fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains) have less environmental impact than animal-based foods, because plant-based foods require less land, energy, and water to produce. That makes dried pasta (made from just flour and water) a better choice for the environment than many other foods.

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4. Pasta Contains Protein

Although we often think of pasta as a carbohydrate, eating pasta is actually a good way to get a little extra protein into your diet. One cup of cooked spaghetti, for example, can have as many as 8 grams of protein, and supplies your body with several of the amino acids that we needs to stay healthy.

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7. There’s Meaning Behind the Names of the Pasta Shapes

Pasta (which comes from the Italian word for paste — no surprise there, given that many pastas start with a pasty mix of flour and water) isn’t the only name with significance. Farfalle is the Italian word for “butterflies,” and spaghetti means “little strings”.

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