Oh Momma Mia!

Oh Momma Mia!

National Spaghetti Day

It’s National Spaghetti Day!

Oh Momma Mia!  It’s National Spaghetti Day!  How do you and your family cook spaghetti?  Do you boil or bake it?  Do you add meatballs, Italian sausage, or chicken?  National Spaghetti Day is celebrated by Americans every year on January 4.  If you’re crazy for pasta, don’t miss the chance to cook it the Italian way today.  Join us as we celebrate National Spaghetti Day with this amazing dish!


You could dispute the origins of spaghetti, but you cannot dispute the deliciousness of this dish.  Was it Marco Polo that brought back this culinary meal from the East?  Or an Arabian trade-route delicacy? Or just a home-grown Sicilian treat dating back to the 12th Century.  I think we can all agree that on a cold night with a big bowl of this noodle-y, saucy goodness is great for the soul.

My Nonna

My Grandmother was of Sicilian descent.  And oh boy can I remember the smells of her kitchen!  She would sit and speak to me in an accent that was golden to my ears.  My Nonna would tell me what time of the day was best to pick the perfect tomatoes for her sauce to have the best favor.  The sauce would cook for what seemed like forever to a young child that was just drooling for Nonna’s spaghetti with meatballs, and fresh baked Ciabatta bread.

Pasta Pasta Pasta

The first pasta was produced in Southern Italy around the 12th century. However, it wasn’t very popular throughout Italy until the 19th century.  That’s when many pasta factories were established, and it became mass produced. Italian pasta appeared in the USA at the end of the 19th century.


It was served in different restaurants as Spaghetti Italienne.  The dish consisted of noodles cooked past al dente with tomato sauce and some seasoning like bay leaves, cloves, and garlic.  It took decades before oregano and basil became commonly used for cooking spaghetti.  We all know there are many different ways to cook it today.

It’s all in the Cheese

Adding cheese to the tomato sauce enriches the taste.  But the most popular American dish is spaghetti with meatballs. Spaghetti Carbonara takes more time to cook and is still a favorite dish in Italy and well worth the wait.

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