Pasta is Tasty and Brings People Together

Sept 2017  
Welcome to the new issue of The Truth About Pasta, the monthly newsletter from the International Pasta Organization. Each month's newsletter features a new and different topic -- all pointing to The Truth About Pasta. The truth is...pasta is healthy, sustainable, convenient, delicious, affordable, doesn't make you fat, and much, much more. Be sure to look for each new issue, with more topics and information.
It's often said that the quickest way to someone's heart is through his or her stomach. So when bringing a group together, the best place to begin is with a dish that is beloved around the world: pasta. Whether you are dining with the closest of friends, or with someone whom you've only just met, pasta never fails to bring a smile to people's faces.
Crossing national and political borders, pasta is a nostalgic favorite meal for people of diverse ages and backgrounds. From vegetarians to omnivores, and from adventurous eaters to those who prefer simpler meals, pasta can be customized to suit any dietary preference. Pasta is also very simple to prepare, making it a great introduction to home cooking for those who are not as comfortable in the kitchen. No matter where you live or where you're from, pasta is a tasty dish that's guaranteed to delight a crowd.

Watch this video to learn more about why Pasta is Tasty and Brings People Together. Then, test your knowledge in this TED-Ed lesson.

Experts Say:
"Pasta is simple, pasta is comforting and pasta is culture-ample reasons as to why pasta is globally recognized as a culinary staple by disparate nations that share very little common ancestry," writes Dr. Kantha Shelke, in her new book, Pasta and Noodles, a Global History. Indeed, experts around the world recognize that pasta meals are enjoyed in cultural traditions worldwide, bridging a large range of dietary patterns and preferences.
Pasta is like a canvas, as it can seamlessly be adapted to a number of different cuisines and seasonal or regional ingredients. Russian food blogger Anna Maslovskaya spoke to the Russian affinity for pasta at the 2016 World Pasta Day meeting, explaining that "Pasta in all its variations, in cuisines of the different countries, is not only everyone's favorite food, but also an ideal form for chefs to express their special cuisine views. Basics are clear, but everything around pasta and its different ingredients are a huge field for imagination and self-expression." Similarly, food analyst Jack Skelly confirmed that, despite its Italian roots, "pasta is a global dish."
While a global dish, pasta can be a local dish in any locale. Chef Marcus Samuelsson includes a pasta recipe in his book, Discovery of a Continent: Foods, Flavors, and Inspiration from the Continent, using the traditional North African sauce, harissa, made of roasted red peppers, as the sauce for penne. Farther south in Africa, Ethiopians serve pasta with their traditional Berbere spices. In Brazil, an authentically local ingredient, palmito (hearts of palm), is added to pasta and chicken to make Massa ao Molho de Frango e Palmito - making this pasta dish very Brazilian and very local. In Greece, tubular pasta noodles are combined with ground meat and a creamy sauce, and are baked like a lasagna in a dish called pastitsio. And in Spain and Mexico, pasta is simmered slowly in a hearty shellfish broth, similar to risotto or paella

World Pasta Day 2017 - Sao Paulo, Brazil
At the World Congress on Pasta, held in Rome on the 25th day of October in 1995, pasta makers from around the world enthusiastically agreed that pasta -- a healthy, delicious, popular, familiar, and convenient food -- deserved annual worldwide recognition. Every year since, in countries around the globe, World Pasta Day has been celebrated on October 25th.  The journey started in Naples, Italy in 1998 and has touched the most important cities in the world.  Countries so distant from each other are all united by the love of pasta.  This year it is again hosted by Brazil. To find out more about the interesting program of events organized by ABIMAPI and IPO, click here .
This celebration of World Pasta Day draws increasing attention to the merits and benefits of pasta -- its great taste, its healthfulness and its simple convenience
-- for people everywhere. Join families, chefs and restaurants around the world every year on October 25th and celebrate World Pasta Day by trying a new recipe or two, or an old family-favorite, with your friends and family.

And don't forget that the magical merits of pasta -- taste, health, sustainability, and convenience -- are worthy of celebration all year long!

Did You Know?
Many people think of pasta as strictly an Italian food, but in fact, cultures around the world have their own traditional pasta recipes. In France, pasta making began back in the 1700's. In Uruguay, it is customary to celebrate the "day of ñoqui," the 29th of each month, by meeting with family or friends to enjoy pasta dishes, and placing coins under the plate in the hopes that there will be lots of money in the next month.
Learn more fun facts in Pasta for Children Around the World. This 4-lesson nutrition and cooking curriculum introduces kids to the delicious ways that pasta is eaten in different countries, and is a delicious way to learn about other cultures and cuisines. If your child's school is looking for fun, new educational programs, download a copy today and volunteer to teach the class. 

Video of the Month   
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Recipe of the Month 

Greek Pasta Salad 
This light and lively Greek pasta salad is great for lunches, picnics, barbecues or potlucks. Enjoy it as is or add chicken, fish or pork to amp up the protein.
4 oz. cavatappi
3 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
3 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 cup/5 oz. chopped cucumber
1 cup/6 oz. chopped tomato
1/2 cup/3 oz. chopped red pepper
1/4 cup/1.5 oz. finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup/1.5 oz. pitted and chopped kalamata olives
1/4 cup/1.5 oz. finely crumbled feta cheese
4 cups/4 oz. chopped or torn red leaf lettuce

  1. Cook cavatappi according to package directions. Drain and let cool completely.
  2. Meanwhile, in large bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, garlic, mustard, oregano, honey, salt and pepper until combined. Stir in parsley.
  3. Add cucumber, tomato, red pepper, onion, olives and feta to bowl; add pasta and toss well. Let stand for at least 10 minutes. Just before serving, toss with lettuce.
Serve with grilled chicken, fish, or pork tenderloin if desired.
Makes 8 servings

Nutrition Information:
Per serving: Calories 138, Fat 8g, Saturated fat 1g, Cholesterol 4mg,
Sodium 202mg, Carbohydrate 15g, Fiber 1g,  Protein 3g

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