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There are more than 600 different pasta shapes made around the world!

Thomas Jefferson, America’s third President, is

credited with bringing pasta to America in 1789! ‘Al dente’ is used to describe pasta when it is cooked to perfection. ‘Al dente’ in Italian

literally means “to the tooth.” Pasta that is ‘Al dente’ should not be overly firm, nor should it be overly soft!

The word ‘pasta’ comes from the Italian for

paste, meaning a combination of durum, wheat, semolina, and water!

Pasta existed for thousands of years before

anyone put tomato sauce on it! In fact tomatoes didn’t exist in Europe until 1519 when Spanish explorer Cortez brought them!

If Italians ate their average yearly intake of pasta in spaghetti shape, it would stretch around the Earth 15,000 times!

The first documented recipe for pasta

was found in the year 1,000 in the book “De Arte Coquinaria per Vermicelli e

Macaroni Siciliani” written by Martino Corno, chef to the powerful Patriarch of Aquileia!



What is Pasta?

Pasta is food, and it is a delicious food. Families all over the world eat pasta. Very often pasta is part of their main meal of the day.

What is Pasta Made From?

Pasta is made from durum wheat semolina, which is mixed with water, made into shapes, and then dried. Eggs are sometimes mixed with flour to make pasta dough.

Pasta +

Sometimes pasta may contain other ingredients such as eggs or vegetables. These ingredients can be mixed into the dough before it is dried, like in the case of egg pasta, or they can be added as a filling, in the case of filled pasta like ravioli.


Pasta can be served with delicious sauces and foods such as tomatoes, olive oil, cheese, vegetables, fish, clams, shrimp, meat, and beans, so it tastes good, too!

Pasta Shapes

Pasta is made in many fun shapes. Some shapes are like long strings, such as spaghetti and linguini. There are hundreds of other different shapes including shells, ribbons, wagon wheels, bow ties, and stars. There are also filled pastas, such as tortellini, where the pasta is wrapped around meat, cheese, or vegetables.

History of Pasta

Children and parents have eaten pasta for a very, very long time. Wheat flour was one of the first foods of our distant ancestors. To make the flour, they crushed the kernels of wheat between two rocks. Then they mixed the flour with water, and cooked it. We know this from drawings they made on the walls of the ancient caves where they lived. The ancestors of Italians, called Etruscans, made drawings that show them making a food from wheat that looks like pasta. It was not very long after that the Romans made a food they called “lagana” which we now call “pasta.” The Romans traveled to many countries, carrying pasta with them, and taught other peoples how to make and cook pasta.

1. Pasta is quick and easy to cook. 2. Pasta, and pasta meals, are delicious. 3. Pasta, and pasta meals, are nutritious and healthy. 4. Pasta is convenient and easy to store, thanks to its long shelf-life. 5. Pasta is not expensive. 6. Pasta can be served hot or cold. 7. Pasta can be served as a main dish or a side dish. It can also be served in soups, salads, and even in desserts! 8. Pasta is also environment-friendly, thanks to its packaging that permits 100% recovery of the materials.


1. Science says eating a balanced variety of different foods is more important for good health than worrying about any single food or ingredient.

7. Doctors, nutrition experts, and other health experts should tell their patients to eat more healthy pasta meals. Olive oil is used in many pasta sauces.

2. Traditional ways of eating are usually healthier than today’s popular foods. Pasta and pasta meals are an important part of most traditional ways of eating, all around the world.

8 Pasta meals are enjoyed in cultural traditions worldwide, as they are versatile and easily adaptable to national/regional seasonal ingredients.

3. Too many calories—not any one food—is why people are too fat. 4. Pasta is not expensive, and it is easy to find in stores and prepare at home. 5. Pasta and pasta meals give our bodies a steady supply of energy—a good thing. They do not cause sugar in the blood to rise quickly. 6. Pasta meals help people to eat more vegetables, legumes, and other healthy foods.


(tons) Italy 3.316.728 Hungary 66.000 United States * 2.000.000 Rep. Dominicana 65.000 Brazil 1.300.000 Ecuador 56.000 Russia 1.083.000 Austria 54.778 Turkey 851.830 Romania 52.600 Iran 560.000 Australia 50.000 Egypt 400.000 Switzerland 46.470 Venezuela 341.554 Bolivia 43.000 Germany 334.179 Guatemala 38.000 Mexico 330.000 United Kingdom 35.000 Peru 297.162 Netherlands 23.335 Argentina 324.437 Slovak Republic 22.000

Spain 252.208 Costa Rica 20.873 France 241.933 Sweden 20.200 Tunisia 183.000 Jordan 20.000 Canada 170.000 Croatia 13.000 Poland 160.000 El Salvador 13.000 Greece 145.000 Syria 9.005 Japan 144.500 Slovenia 6.261 Colombia 131.270 Lituania 5.976 Chile 126.080 Panama 4.364 India 100.000 Latvia 1.845 Portugal 76.000 Estonia 1.400 Czech Republic 70.000

(tons) United States 2.700.000 Chile 144.000 Italy 1.540.846 United Kingdom 135.000 Brazil 1.195.000 Greece 115.000 Russia 1.128.188 Hungary 74.000 Germany 650.000 Switzerland 73.600 France 513.008 Portugal 69.000 Turkey 448.309

Austria 61.111 Iran 360.000 Czech Republic 60.000 Venezuela 350.213 Ecuador 54.800 Argentina 321.225 Croatia 30.216 Peru 243.000 Slovenia 10.672 Spain 236.424 Costa Rica 14.444 Poland 190.169


Penne is a beautiful girl who has a big crush on Mac. They escaped from the Pasta factory in Parma, Italy along with The Angel Hairs, Elbows, Ziti and many of their relatives. They sought refuge America in every place they could find from old warehouses to abandoned buildings. They now live on a shelf in an old grocery store in Brooklyn, New York that is closed temporarily, but time is running out. There is a For Sale sign on the door. They do not want to get separated and they do not want to get into any hot water. Oh, the doom and gloom of hot water!! Yikes!!! Penne has to think fast. Mac and the gang is just hanging out, playing games and wasting time. The Angel Hairs are in a big competition with The Elbows as to who is the most popular noodle on the shelf. Let’s ask The Big Cheese, says Ziti. Parma, The Big Cheese says, “Oh, I love all of you. I never met a Pasta noodle I did not like. I sprinkle all my love on you, my beauties.” “Who cares about this???” screams Penne, “we are all going to go to different homes and never see each other again unless we can think of a plan.” “We need to find out about our history so we can help plan our future and be safe.”

“Let me go around the shelves to see if I can find any books about the history of Pasta. Our history and facts about our ancestors may be able to help guide us now.” “I will go with you” shouts Mac. “Don’t forget us!” cried The Angel Hairs and Elbows. Soon they all followed. Everyone was ready to embark on their quest to trace their history. “This is a great adventure” said Spaghetti. “Yes!!” shouted Vermicelli and Capellini. “Oh my, our group is growing so large I don’t think we can navigate these narrow shelves.” “Hey Penne!” calls Mac. “La-La has a good idea.” “Oh no! Lasagna is too big, too wide!” exclaims Penne. “How can they come along? Let’s just see what they have to tell us.” says Mac. “We are all in this together, my bella Penne. The La-La’s are BIG but they are also BIG thinkers.”

When Penne and Mac arrive at La-La Lasagna Land they are greeted by Linguine and Fettuccini. “Pretty Penne and Elbow Mac how nice to see you!! It’s been a long time. Let us tell you a story about our history. We have studied this for a long time. Some historians say we were discovered in the 13th Century by Marco Polo, who introduced pasta in Italy upon returning from one of his trips to China in 1271. In the Books of the World’s Wonders, Marco Polo talks about the pasta in China. In our opinion, our history goes much further back, back to the ancient Etruscan civilizations, which made pasta by mixing cereal and grain. This made us very healthy and nutritious. Our roots in ancient Rome, Africa, Greece, Arabia and China made us who we are today. STRONG! DIVERSE! POWERFUL! We helped expand the Roman Empire!! Roman Cicero one of Rome’s greatest speakers and poets said he loved pasta! We have LOVE from all over the WORLD! This gives us hope. My friends with all we have gone through I think we can find our way to a safe happy place. Maybe we can give some love back.”

Everyone was cheering after Lasagna finished speaking. Then the lights came on and they heard the emergency warning. People’s voices! They scrambled back to their boxes and posed on the shelf as if nothing was wrong. “I’m scared!” cried little Pastina. “Sheesh!!!!!!!! Let’s listen” whispers Penne. “We have throw most of this out. Yea, what is the shelf life on this? Ok, let’s do it tomorrow. Most of the pasta can stay. The dates are still good on the boxes. They look a little shabby to me. We’ll see.” “Penne! Mac! Ziti called out. Are you OK? Is everyone OK?? Yes, we are fine. We need to escape before tomorrow” said Rigatoni. “Parma, why are you crying?” “My best friend Tomato Sauce is gone. They took him.” No one was able to really sleep. Time was running out. When the sun peered in from the store window they realize it is morning and they hear Farfalle happily singing.


“What on earth is going on?” says Penne. “I am painting” said Farfalle. The others laughed. “Are you painting Bow Ties ??” “Ha! Ha! Ha! No I am painting us. Our picture.” “Huh?” they all shout in unison. “Here have some fun...Jump, dive into these beautiful pools of colors. The food coloring shelves were so helpful. I did not realize how many friends we have on that top shelf.” “When did you do all this?” asked Mac. “I explored all night after our pep talk from Lasagna. Then I painted. Look!!” Farfalle displays his beautiful painting of how it looked outside their window from their factory in Italy. It was magical! All blue skies, rolling hills, olive

trees, purple mountains and a sparkling blue sea in the distance. “This brings back so many memories” cried Fettuccini and Linguini. “Come on, lets get colorized!! DIVE IN, EVERYBODY” shouts Manicotti with her clipboard organizing placements. “Rotini has mats. After we dry we can jump into the picture that matches our colors. A PASTA PAINTING!!” “Ok, Farfalle, Your painting is beautiful and we are so proud to be a part of it but I don’t get it. Now what??” cries Penne. “Penne, Penne, Penne! We are now ART! We can be on display, even if we are sold, we can all be together. Art lasts forever” says Farfalle.

Pasta Pals Book by Nancy Hahn  

Connecting Kids Around The World With Pasta

Pasta Pals Book by Nancy Hahn  

Connecting Kids Around The World With Pasta