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National Spaghetti Day (Janury 4)

Check out the weird holiday National Spaghetti Day on January 4. Learn the history of National Spaghetti Day, and get ideas on how to celebrate.

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When did National Spaghetti Day first begin?

No one is really certain where the holiday National Spaghetti Day first began. In fact, there are arguments about the origins of spaghetti itself!

Some say it was Marco Polo who brough it back from his travels to China and the East. Others claim it was from the Arab trade route. The most popular belief is that it originated in Sicily in the 12th century.

The oldest record of pasta is actually found in the writings of Roman poet Quintus Horatius Flaccus. He referred to sheets of dough called lagana in the 1st century BC.

But no matter where it came from, pasta itself made its way to Italy, where it quickly became a popular dish. Most pasta is traditionally made with eggs, wheat, water, and salt. The Italians enjoyed making this into different shapes, including the long, thin cylinders.

The word “spaghetti” comes from the Italian word “spago,” which means twine or string. Quite a fitting name for a long, skinny pasta!

Today, spaghetti is enjoyed all around the world. It is typically cooked to “al dente” – which means firm, yet chewy – and is perfect for tomato sauce and meat, which is typically how spaghetti is made.

Ideas to Celebrate National Spaghetti Day

You’ll probably want to celebrate this day of spaghetti by…. eating spaghetti! There are SO many ways to make spaghetti (or spaghetti squash, if you’re gluten free!), including in the instant pot.

Check out this fun list of spaghetti recipes to help you celebrate!

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