Pasta Products

Pasta, macaroni, pasta – you can call it whatever you want, but you love it the same. A hearty and carbohydrate-rich dish made from dried wheat flour and water. It is a favorite dish of Italians and others. Pasta is the main component of various cuisines around the world: European, Asian, and vegetarian cuisine and, of course, Italian.

Three states of pasta:

  • Dry: classic dry pasta that you can buy in the store. It can be stored for six months to three years.
  • Fresh: pasta in the form of undried dough. They can be stored for several days. Mostly cooked immediately after preparation.
  • Ready-to-eat: pasta that is already cooked and filled with filling, sauce, and seasonings. They are eaten immediately. It is not stored for a long time.

The history of pasta origin

There is a legend that a long time ago in the 16th century, the owner of a tavern located near Naples cooked different types of noodles for his visitors.

One day, his daughter was playing with the dough, rolling it into long, thin tubes. Seeing the “toys”, the clever owner cooked the tubes, poured them with a special tomato sauce, and served the new dish to his guests. Visitors to the tavern were delighted. This establishment became a favorite place for Neapolitans. The owner invested in the construction of the world’s first factory for the production of unusual products. The name of this successful entrepreneur was Marco Aroni, and the dish, of course, was called “pasta”, comparing the name and surname of the “inventor”.

But legends are legends, and the etymology of the modern word “pasta” remains unclear. Some believe that perhaps the word comes from Greek malaria, meaning “one who gives happiness,” blessed (food). Other linguists associate it with the archaic verb passage, meaning “to knead,” and still others with the Arabic month of Muharram, on the tenth day of which (Ashura, a day of mourning in memory of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, son of Ali, grandson of the Prophet Muhammad) it was customary to eat noodles with chicken.

It is believed that the word “pasta” is derived from the Sicilian dialect macaroni, which means “processed dough.” There is a fairly popular and not fanciful fable that we owe the word “pasta” to a nameless cardinal who, seeing pasta on his table for the first time, exclaimed: “Ma caroni!” (“How nice!”) But, you know, this version is doubtful.

One way or another, the word “pasta” has become so firmly entrenched in the everyday life of mankind that no matter where you say it, in Italy or Turkey, you will certainly be understood.

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Written by Bella Adams

I'm a professionally-trained, executive chef with over ten years in Restaurant Culinary and hospitality management. Experienced in specialized diets, including Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw foods, whole food, plant-based, allergy-friendly, farm-to-table, and more. Outside of the kitchen, I write about lifestyle factors that impact well-being.

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