Pasta lovers around the country will be celebrating their favorite cuisine this October as part of National Pasta Month and Pasta Lovers’ Week, which begins Oct. 24.
Consumers can get into the fun by experimenting with a new recipe or just indulging in an old favorite. Kids in particular might like trying an often-eaten sauce with a new noodle shape.
National Pasta Month is also a great time to learn a bit more about one of America’s favorite dishes. For instance, while the Chinese may have eaten pasta as early as 5000 B.C., last year, Americans consumed 1.4 billion pounds of it, likely because it is one of the most affordable dinners around.
The National Pasta Association (NPA) has created a National Pasta Month website at www.eatpasta.org, which offers pasta history, education and, most importantly, recipes.
The celebration is also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NationalPastaMonth and Twitter at www.twitter.com/Eat_Pasta, and NPA is sponsoring an online sweepstakes at http://www.pastacooking.org/RecipeEntryForm.aspx for those willing to upload their pasta dish idea.
The North Dakota Wheat Commission also offers a number of resources for Pasta Month and Pasta Lovers’ Week, all of which are accessible at http://www.ndwheat.com/consumers/default.asp?ID=409.