The long, thin cylindrical pasta of Italian and Sicilian origin which is made of semolina or flour and water, known as spaghetti and loved by millions has it’s own special day. January 4th is National Spaghetti Day and is observed annually across the county.
There are a variety of different pasta dishes that are based on spaghetti from spaghetti alla Carbonara or garlic and oil to spaghetti with tomato sauce, meat sauce, bolognese, Alfredo sauce, clam sauce or other sauces. Spaghetti dishes are traditionally served topped with grated hard cheeses such as Pecorino Romano, Parmesan and Grana Padano.
The word “spaghetti” is plural for the Italian word spaghetto, which is a diminutive of spago, meaning “thin string” or “twine”.
Spaghetti was offered in restaurants in the United States, around the end of the 19th century, as Spaghetti Italienne (which is believed to have consisted of noodles cooked past al dente and a mild tomato sauce flavored with easily found spices and vegetables such as cloves, bay leaves and garlic). It was decades later that it became commonly prepared with oregano or basil.
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