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Five interesting facts about spaghetti

January 2, 2019

A feast on Friday?

Each Jan. 4 (Friday this year) brings National Spaghetti Day. Put your bib in place and enjoy a plate or bowl.

What does the word mean?

Spaghetti is the plural form of the Italian word spaghetto, which is a diminutive of spago, meaning “thin string” or “twine.’’

War widened its appeal

One of the most important times in spaghetti history was World War II. It was then that American soldiers came in close contact with European cuisine, bringing home tales about spaghetti and demanding its presence on the American market.

Tomato sauce came later

People had been eating pasta for centuries before tomato sauce was added. This is mainly because tomatoes are not native to Europe, and weren’t introduced to the continent until Spanish explorer Cortez brought tomatoes home from Mexico in 1519.

Top it with Parmesan

A dusting of Parmesan cheese is the most popular spaghetti topping.

Sources: mobile-cuisine.com, uselessdaily.com

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