China: The country where pasta was first eaten. Many people think pasta was invented in Italy; however, the first recorded reports of people eating pasta came as early as 5,000 B.C. from China. Explorer Marco Polo introduced the noodles to Italy in the 12th century.
1848: The first American pasta factory opened in 1848, in Brooklyn, New York, by a Frenchman named Antoine Zerega. Antoine managed the entire operation with a single horse in his basement to power the machinery. In order to dry the spaghetti, he placed the strands of pasta on the roof to dry in the sun.
A wall: If your spaghetti is cooked properly, it should stick to a wall when it’s thrown. We cook with two variants of pasta, dried and fresh. Dried pasta is the most common and made from durum wheat. Fresh pasta is made with eggs and should be consumed immediately.
20 pounds: The average American consumes 20 pounds of pasta annually. In fact, 24% of the global consumption of pasta is by Americans – 6 billion pounds of pasta each year!
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