National Spaghetti Day 2022: National Spaghetti Day is celebrated on January 4 of every year. Spaghetti is a simple, healthy, and the most popular dish around the world.
Even if you do not have any cooking experience, spaghetti is the perfect recipe to make to bring out your inner chef.
Hence National Spaghetti Day is the ideal day to enjoy the taste of spaghetti with your family members and friends, whether it is made or bought from the restaurant.
History of National Spaghetti Day:
The founder and the exact origin of National Spaghetti Day are still unknown. Spaghetti means “Little Lines” in Italy. The Earliest historical reference to Boiled noodles suggests that the dish was invented thousands of years ago by the Arabs before it became an Italian cuisine staple.
The historical references refer to dried noodles that are purchased from a street vendor. It means the pasta had been sold in the 5th century in the stores. But nowadays we associate pasta with the Italian people for revolutionizing the dish and inventing a lot of pasta varieties.
The first western pasta was made in Sicily around the 12th century, and they are long and in thin forms. Until now Spaghetti is a regular round-shaped pasta. Then pasta spread across the entire Itay after the establishment of pasta factories in the 19th Century.
As the day goes on, the time required to make the dish is also shortened. In the earlier 19th century spaghetti was offered in restaurants. Then, they became so popular around the world.
Usually, Spaghetti is served with tomato sauce and parmesan cheese. In addition to that, you can add meat, oil, pepper, and garlic as an extra flavor to it.
The world record for the largest bowl of spaghetti was achieved in March 2009. Garden Grove California Buca Di Beppo restaurant in March 2010, broke the earliest record by filling a swimming bowl with more than 13,780 pounds of pasta.
How to Celebrate National Spaghetti Day:
The best way to celebrate National Spaghetti Day is by enjoying the taste of Spaghetti at dinner by cooking spaghetti of your own, or you can buy them from a nearby Italian restaurant. If it is of your own making, you can share that with your family members, friends, and co-workers.
How to observe National Spaghetti Day:
Make your favorite spaghetti dish, and be sure to make enough to share. Of course, you can always invite friends to join you at your favorite Italian restaurant and split a plate. If you do, be sure to tag the restaurant and use #NationalSpaghettiDay to post on social media.
If you want to try your hand at rustling up a little something on the day, check out the following recipe.
Ingredients: (serves 2)
- 1/2 medium onion
- 1-1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
- 200g tin chopped tomatoes
- 20g pack basil leaves, chopped finely
- 200g dried spaghetti (roughly half of a 500g pack)
- 100g ball mozzarella
- a few pinches of salt & a bit of oil for the pasta
Peel the onion and the garlic and chop both finely. Set a large frying pan over medium heat and when hot, pour in the oil then add the onion. Cook the onion for about 4-5 mins, or until it softens, stirring occasionally.
Add the garlic, cook 2 mins more until fragrant. Then, add the tomatoes and half the basil. Leave to gently bubble for 15 mins or so, stirring occasionally–the sauce should become thick and pulpy. Break up any large clumps of tomato with the back of a wooden spoon.
Pour water ¾ of the way up your largest pot. Heat over a high heat and add several large pinches of salt and a spoon or so of oil. When water has reached a rolling boil, put the spaghetti in it.
Give it a stir every now and then stir to separate the pasta, cook it according to pack instructions, usually about 10 mins. Before you finish cooking it, taste a strand of the pasta.
It should be just soft, but not mushy. Scoop out a cup of water before draining and set aside (this will help to loosen your sauce). Put the drained pasta back into its cooking pan, then pour in the tomato sauce.
Give everything a good stir. The sauce should just coat the pasta, but if it is thick and looks dry, stir in a few spoons of the pasta water you set aside before.
If it is watery, cook over a low heat for 2-3 mins or until evaporated, stirring often.
Use your hands to break the mozzarella into chunky pieces and stir through the pasta along with the remaining basil leaves.
Serve straight away.