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Spaghetti is such a fantastic food that it even has a national holiday! Every January 4th, people across the world celebrate this delicious day!
I’ve been a fan of spaghetti since I was little! There is just something comforting about a hot bowl of spaghetti topped with meat sauce! There has only been a handful of times when I wouldn’t eat the spaghetti dish someone had prepared. Once was because the cook let the noodles sit way too long in liquid. Instead of the noodles being al dente, they were huge and full of water! YUCK! Another time was when the cook watered down the sauce so much it was basically water downed tomato sauce and the meatballs were nasty and dry. I’m so happy that my kids also love spaghetti! Of course neither of them have developed a love of meat sauce yet, however, they enjoy theirs simply with a nice butter sauce and sprinkling of cheese.
Since this is such an important national holiday, I thought it would be fun to do some research about this day. Did you know that:
- Spaghetti, is the plural form of the Italian word, “spaghetto” meaning “think string” or “twine”
- In Italy, the average person eats more than 51 lbs of pasta a year (YUM!)
- Italians never use a spoon and fork! They eat spaghetti simply with a fork!
- Did you know there are more than 600 hundred pasta shapes?
- Spaghetti showed up here in the 19th century
Some of the different ways you can eat Spaghetti are:
- Spaghetti with meat sauce
- Spaghetti with tomato sauce
- Spaghetti with Bolognese sauce
- Spaghetti with Alfredo sauce
- Spaghetti with clam sauce
- Spaghetti with carbonara sauce
- Spaghetti in butter sauce
- Spaghetti simple drizzled in garlic and oil
You can serve this yummy pasta dish with a side of garlic bread or breadsticks or even a lovely side salad. Some of the top cheeses that pair perfectly with spaghetti are grated hard cheese such as Pecorino Romano and Parmesan. You can also had vegetables into the sauce! Your kids will never know they are in there! You can make it as healthy as you’d like!
One of the great things about Spaghetti is that if you decide at the last minute that you want to make it for dinner, you usually always have the ingredients, it is very inexpensive to make, and even if you serve it up without any sauce, your family can customize it any way that you would like!
When you make spaghetti, the key is to get the pasta al dente. Here is how I prepare spaghetti noodles:
- Get out a large pot
- Fill it full of water
- SALT the water! It should taste like salt water
- Bring the water to a full rolling boil
- Break the noodles in half (if you want them broken) and put them into the boiling water
- Make sure each piece is covered in water
- Stir two or three times during the cooking process
- About 8 minutes in, start testing your noodles. You want them to be springy and chewy. NOT hard chewy
- Before you drain the noodles save a cup of two of the noodle water so you can add it to the sauce
- Strain your noodles and then stir in your sauce
Craving spaghetti yet? The best thing about this holiday is that you don’t have to wait to celebrate! You can eat spaghetti anytime you’d like!
Below are a few yummy and delish spaghetti recipes that I know your family will love!
Oh and just a reminder…..don’t eat pasta with a white shirt on…well unless you don’t mind having meat sauce splatters on your shirt. I’ve heard it’s embarrassing!