October is National Pasta Month, and Oct. 17th is National Pasta Day.
Here's some history while you eat some pasta today:
The average American eats 20 pounds of pasta annually. The U.S. eats 6 billion pounds of pasta each year.
The U.S. makes 4.4 billion pounds of pasta annually, making it the second-largest pasta-producing nation.
Pasta is an Italian cuisine that started in 1154 in Sicily, Italy.
It's usually made from unleavened dough of durum wheat flour that is mixed with water or eggs and formed into sheets or shapes. It can then be served fresh or dried to be stored for later use.
There are 310 specific forms of pasta known by over 1,300 different names.
In Italy, the names of specific pasta shapes or types varies with each town. For example, Cavatelli is known by 28 different names depending on what town you are in and what region.
If you want to try out a new recipe to celebrate the day, click here.