Skip to comments.How pasta became the world's favourite food
Posted on 06/15/2011 6:50:47 PM PDT by decimon
Pasta has topped a global survey of the world's favourite foods. So how did the dish so closely associated with Italy become a staple of so many tables around the globe?
While not everyone knows the difference between farfalle, fettuccine and fusilli, many people have slurped over a bowl of spaghetti bolognese or tucked into a plate of lasagne.
Certainly in British households, spaghetti bolognese has been a regular feature of mealtimes since the 1960s. It's become a staple of children's diets, while a tuna-pasta-sweetcorn concoction can probably be credited with sustaining many students through their years at university.
But now a global survey by the charity Oxfam has named pasta as the world's most popular dish, ahead of meat, rice and pizza. As well as being popular in unsurprising European countries, pasta was one of the favourites in the Philippines, Guatemala, Brazil and South Africa.
And figures from the International Pasta Organisation show Venezuela is the second largest consumer of pasta, after Italy. Tunisia, Chile and Peru also feature in the top 10, while Mexicans, Argentineans and Bolivians all eat more pasta than the British.
It is a complex carbohydrate which releases all the goodness slowly and you feel satisfied for a long time.
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Unless you have eaten home-cooked mexican food, you haven't eaten anything but Tex-Mex or the equivalent.
I make fideos y pollo on a regular basis. That's a pasta dish.
Of course, I've lived in the culture, so Tex-mex to me is just Tex-mex. And Taco Hell is American fast food.
It’s called sopa seca. Or fideos (vermicelli). It is the first course alternative to soup in any civilized household or restaurant’s comida corrida.
To be expected in an ethnic restaurant. What people eat at home is probably pretty eclectic these days.
Yummmm, I am making that tomorrow for dinner. Thanks.
My name is Italian and I’ve always liked pasta.
However...grain foods have been argued here as to their health benefits or deficits. And the comments at the BBC link have some of the same arguments I’ve seen here.
It's been associated with prestige - people used to buy votes with pasta.
I think we need another study: What is the favorite payment for votes these days? We need a statistical sample of Demonrats to work with.
“Good Eats: American Classics: Spaghetti With Meat Sauce”
“Alton Brown: Meat Sauce and Spaghetti”
“Emeril Lagasse: Spaghetti Bolognese”
Don’t really like pasta - might have been all those Cup-O-Noodles back in college. Just as well, trying to avoid the carbs.
I adore sopa seca. But it can be something as simple as pasta tossed with garlic and olive oil and red pepper flakes, or lemon zest. Or bacon and onions. Yum.
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