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‘World Pasta Day’ was celebrated across the globe yesterday and being big fans of the traditional Italian staple food ourselves we thought we’d share some of our insider knowledge with you regarding the versatile, healthy and easy to cook food!

To mark the day we are bringing you a list of fun facts that we bet you didn’t know about this staple food! Check the rest of our blog for one of our favourite pasta, seafood recipes!

• The word ‘pasta’ comes from the word ‘paste’, referring to the combination of wheat and flour required in making the food.

• Records of eating pasta date back as far as 5,000 BC when the Chinese are recorded to having eaten the food.

• A French man by the name of Antoine Zerega established the first pasta factory in America in Brooklyn, New York, in 1848. He ran his operations with just one horse in his basement to power the machinery and used to dry his pasta by placing it on his roof in the sunshine.

• Pasta can be bought in several different colours. Most pasta is cream-colored, but green, red, grey, yellow and brown variations can also be found, made from spinach, tomato, squid ink, saffron and mushrooms respectively.

• There are in excess of 600 pasta shapes produced worldwide

• One cup of cooked spaghetti provides about 200 calories, 40 grams of carbohydrates, less than one gram of total fat, no cholesterol and only one gram of sodium when cooked without salt.

• Pasta is plentiful in fibre, vitamins, minerals and iron. It contains six out of the eight amino acids required for a healthy diet

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