Did you know that January 4th is National Spaghetti Day? As if you need a good reason to indulge in a big bowl of pasta, but if you did, January 4th is it! Keep reading for the recipe for Spaghetti Sauce from my Italian Grandma and learn some proper pasta making tips!
Spaghetti is the very first thing that D.J. made me when we started dating. He used his Mom’s recipe, which is actually his Grandma’s recipe and it’s probably my favorite food of all time. Grandma’s Gravy is so delicious, words cannot describe it. I think the love that she puts into all of her cooking is what makes it even more delicious. There is always a good time for spaghetti – a quick and easy weeknight dinner, hosting a dinner party or for days like January 4th – no matter when you eat it, you can’t go wrong with Spaghetti. Especially when it’s made with Grandma’s Sunday Gravy!
National Spaghetti Day Facts
- In the year 2000, 1.3 million pounds of spaghetti were sold in American grocery stores? If all of those packages were lined up, they would circle the Earth nine times!
- To cook one billion pounds of pasta, you would need 2,021,452,000 gallons of water – enough to fill nearly 75,000 Olympic-size swimming pools.
- The average person in Italy eats more than 51 pounds of pasta every year. The average person in North America eats about 15-1/2 pounds of pasta per year.
- Spaghetti is the most common round-rod type of pasta and in Italian, “spaghetti” means “little lines.”
- Today we associate pasta with the Italians, who have revolutionized the dish and invented a wide variety of pasta shapes. However, pasta is not limited to the Italians.
How To Cook Perfect Spaghetti
So again, cooking spaghetti and making Italian food brings me back to The Sopranos. There is an episode where Ralphie is dating Rosalie and he is cooking spaghetti for the family, and he reminds Jackie Jr., that after you boil the spaghetti, add it back to the pot with a little gravy so that the macaroni absorbs the gravy. Great tip!
Here are some other great tips for making Spaghetti from Grandma:
- NEVER break the spaghetti – this is a sin!
- Use a large pot when cooking spaghetti – the larger the better
- Cook spaghetti in rapidly boiling, liberally-salted water
- Never rinse spaghetti. Instead, after draining return it to the pot you cooked it in and add sauce to coat the pasta
- For thicker pasta (like fettuccini), cook at a lower boil for more even cooking
- Stir pasta frequently when cooking to avoid the spaghetti from sticking together
If you prefer a meat sauce to meatballs, add some cooked ground beef and Italian sausage to your Spaghetti Sauce.
If you have the time and you really want to kick National Spaghetti Day up a notch or two, make your own spaghetti. With a pasta roller and 3 ingredients (one being water), you can make some delicious, fresh homemade pasta. If you’ve never made homemade spaghetti before, I really suggest it. And if you don’t have a pasta roller, have no fear. Roll the dough out with a rolling pin, then roll the flat piece into a long roll (like you’re making cinnamon rolls, then just slice it, and it’ll come into long strips – spaghetti!
Spaghetti and Spaghetti Sauce makes A LOT. Use up the leftovers to make some other fantastic pasta dishes. One of our favorites to use up leftover spaghetti is this easy Mini Spaghetti Pies. Kids will love the small size of the pies, and you’ll love how easy it is to make!
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