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!
Is it true that everything pairs well with spaghetti? It is a classic pasta noodle shape that sauces like tomato, alfredo or pesto naturally sticks to. There is no need to settle for a plain salad and limp garlic bread this National Spaghetti Day on the side of your spaghetti. Check out this list of alternative side dishes!
Fool your friends with these spaghetti and meatball cupcakes! Use your favourite cupcakes, and top with fondant & modelling chocolate spaghetti and cake pop meatballs, all drizzled with berry sauce. It's the perfect dessert for National Spaghetti Day!
These taste safe colored noodles are so much fun for toddlers and preschoolers. Learn how to dye spaghetti noodles for sensory bins or to make dinner more fun! No matter what recipe you choose for National Spaghetti Day, you can do it with colorful rainbow spaghetti!
Cook time for spaghetti is here! How long does spaghetti take to cook in an Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi spaghetti, slow cooker, or one pot spaghetti on the stovetop? Here are your answers to make your National Spaghetti Day meal the perfect balance of chewy and firm.
This spaghetti squash recipe with a hummus pesto is a great way to celebrate National Spaghetti day if you're trying to cut carbs! The strong flavor of the peston matches wonderfully with the slight sweetness of the squash.
This carbonara inspired breakfast pasta features sausage, melted cheddar cheese, spaghetti noodles, and plenty of scrambled eggs. Breakfast spaghetti is easy to whip up, but filling enough to keep the whole family fueled throughout the day for National Spaghetti Day!
Creamy Spicy Sausage Spaghetti Pasta - Quick and easy spaghetti recipe made with delicious spicy sausage! The creamy tomato-based sauce gets its rich flavor from hot crumbled sausage, green chiles, your favorite pasta sauce and is. It's sure to be your new favorite way to make spaghetti, especially on National Spaghetti Day!
Spaghetti squash bolognese is hearty comfort food at its best. A thick and flavorful meat sauce is the perfect accompaniment to spaghetti squash for a healthier take on this Italian dinner recipe. Serve it to your family this year on National Spaghetti Day!
Lemon chicken spaghetti bake is a creamy, flavorful baked pasta dish you and your family will love. Bursting with flavors from a mix of Alfredo, pesto sauce and lemon juice, this Italian inspired casserole is one to make on repeat each year for National Spaghetti Day!
Cheesy Skillet Spaghetti is a one-pan meal with prep and easy clean up happening in the same skillet. It’s cheesy, full of flavor, and oh…so good, especially on National Spaghetti Day. This dish also freezes well and reheats in a jiffy!
Spaghetti alla Nerano was invented in the fifties by a woman called Maria Grazia in a restaurant bearing her name in Nerano a small town on the Sorrento peninsula. Apparently, the restaurant still exists and is being run by her grandchildren! It's a great way to honor spaghetti's history on National Spaghetti Day.
This National Spaghetti Day, learn how to make Homemade Keto Spaghetti super quick and easy with only 1g of carbs per serving. This Low Carb Spaghetti Recipe is not only simple to make but will add fiber into your daily nutrition, being still fully gluten-free, grain-free, and without raising your blood sugar.
Creamy Ham & Cheese Spaghetti is an easy and tasty way to enjoy that leftover ham from the holidays. Loaded with chopped ham, cheesy white sauce, and fabulous flavor, it's a deliciously different twist on classic spaghetti and a great way to celebrate National Spaghetti Day!
When the Winter weather rolls around, you’ll want to ladle out bowls of warm, heart soup. This Slow Cooker Spaghetti & Meatballs Soup turns a simple family favorite into savory Italian American comfort soup. Serve it with crusty bread and extra Parmesan for an easy dinner for National Spaghetti Day!
If you’re a big fan of lemon and chicken combos, you gotta try Creamy Lemon Chicken Spaghetti on National Spaghetti Day. The tartness of lemon paired with the smoothness of Alfredo sauce will make you fall in love at first bite!
Shelly's Spaghetti Pasta Salad is a light and vibrant pasta salad made with thin spaghetti noodles, olive oil, seasoned salt, lemon juice, and fresh crunchy garden veggies. It's always a hit when entertaining and perfect for a crowd on National Spaghetti Day!
Literally translated as “angry spaghetti” from Italian, the original name is in reference to the spicy red sauce that glows with the fury of hot chili peppers. Each bite is an explosion of flavor, not unlike a sudden outburst of rage. Just as it’s healthy to experience a full range of emotions, the low, smoldering burn of this classic pasta masterpiece will ultimately leave you feeling whole and satisfied on National Spaghetti Day.
Spaghetti all’assassina, also known as spaghetti bruciati (burnt spaghetti), is a traditional recipe from Bari in Puglia. It is simply raw spaghetti cooked in a tomato passata (purée) broth using a method known as ‘risottata’. In other words, risotto style. The result is slightly burnt, crispy caramalized spaghetti with an intense spicy tomato flavour. It’s difficult to put into words how amazing this assassin’s spaghetti recipe is. You’ll have to try it this National Spaghetti Day to understand!
This Mexican Spaghetti recipe is filled with cheesy ground beef, taco seasoning, peppers, corn, tomatoes and noodles. It’s simple to make with just the right amount of spice. The perfect family dinner recipe for National Spaghetti Day!
If you live in a warm climate, then this cold spaghetti salad is a great way to celebrate National Spaghetti Day! It features plenty of veggies and tender salami tossed with chilled pasta in a zesty Italian dressing.
Makaronia me Kima (pr. Mah-kha-RHO-niah MEH Kee-MAH), which literally means “Pasta with Ground Meat”, is a pasta dish with Spaghetti and Greek Meat Sauce, similar to Bolognese but with Greek flavours. This version is a great way to celebrate National Spaghetti Day!
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