The spaghetti is undoubtedly one of the favorite dishes of many people. The immense number of recipes that exist to prepare it, combining delicious ingredients, make it a very versatile dish capable of conquering the palate of any person.
They are traditionally made with Grain semolinaalthough this ingredient has now been replaced to create healthier versions.
The word “spaghetti” It comes from the Italian “spagho” which means “threads”. Its origin dates back to 1324, precisely to an expedition of Marco Polo, where pasta as such was transferred from China to Europe and became popular in Italy.
In the beginning it was customary to serve them olive oil, cheese and pepper and it was only in the 18th century that the tradition of serving them with tomato sauce began.
The shape of this pasta is similar to a long rope, the thickness can vary and depending on this they are named differently: ‘espaghettini’, ‘espaghetti’ or ‘spaghettoni’, from thinner to thicker.
The length of this famous pasta has changed over time, since it was about 50 cm long before, but due to the complexity of its preparation they have reduced to what we know today of 20 cm.
At first they were prepared by hand, rolling out the dough with a rolling pin and then cut the strings with the help of a knife. Due to its popularity, this process has been industrialized and machines have been invented to simplify the process. However, today there are many places where ancient techniques are still used to prepare the spaghetti and these are said to have a special and unique flavor.
To cook them, you need to boil the pasta in water with a little salt until you get an “al dente” consistency, ie soft but resistant to bite. Then they are passed to the colander and the sauce you prefer is added. Once plated, it is customary to add some grated parmesan or pecorino.
Now that you know a little about the basic spaghetti facts, it’s time to move on to the more curious facts you probably didn’t know:
– Spaghetti is the most popular dish in the world, even more so than pizza and burgers.
– When you reach the “al dente” point you will stay full longer as it takes a little longer to digest in this way.
– Pasta is an important source of protein. 1 cup of pasta contains up to 8 grams of protein.
– Scientifically speaking, pasta makes us happy, as it contains tryptophan, which affects the levels of serotonin in the brain, inhibiting anger and aggression.
– Its plant origin has a lower environmental impact than many other foods, as less land, energy and water are required to produce them.
– It is a very good friend for athletes as it provides a large amount of energy to the body.
– It prevents diseases thanks to its low sodium content and its high content of whole fibers, which prevents the risk of cardiovascular disease and even cancer.
– In Italy, 26 kg of spaghetti are consumed per person per year.
– In Venezuela 12 kg of spaghetti are consumed per person per year.
– In Spain, a slightly lower quantity is consumed, 4.5 kg of spaghetti per person per year.
– Italy is the largest spaghetti producer in the world, producing 3 million tons per year.
If you have already liked pasta, you will surely like it even more with these data.
Go ahead and create the exotic combinations you want and share your experience with us!