Monday, June 9, 2008

A Brief History of Pasta

Did you know that...(according to Wikipedia anyway)

Archaeologists found evidence of noodles in China dating back 4000 years...that's around 2000BC - Wow, talk about well preserved!

Second Century CE Greeks wrote about pasta as did 4th & 5th Century writings from Palestine.

All that to say..Marco Polo (13th C ) was obviously NOT the first to discover it, as legend says.

A recipe for lasagna was found in a 5th C Italian cookbook. Okay, the link to one of my own...doesn't date back that far!

And, apparently there are 350 pasta shapes! There are lots of good sites that give photos and descriptions...Wikipedia , Food Info Net , Cook's Thesaurus and the National Pasta Association (a great site for recipes, cooking tips, and a kids corner for those who really want to play with their food) are just a few.

How many shapes have you used? I think I might have to start counting.

Presto Night Pasta Host Schedule for the next 4 weeks:

June 7-12
The host will be Kevin of Closet Cooking
Send your entries to lynch.kevin AT gmail DOT com

June 14- 19
The host will be me… Once Upon a Feast
Send your entries to Ruth AT gmail DOT com

June 21 - June 26
The host will be Hillary of Chew on That
Send your entry to chewonthat AT gmail DOT org

June 27- July 3
The host will be me… Once Upon a Feast
Send your entries to Ruth AT gmail DOT com

To share a recipe for a roundup:
1. Write your post and e-mail your permalink to the host by Thursday evening so that it can be included in Friday’s roundup. Don’t forget to tell us the name you to go by, your blog’s name, and the name of your dish.

2. Be sure to include a link to that week's host and a mention to Ruth of Once Upon a Feast with the words Presto Pasta Nights in the post. (If you're late, just change the name and link to the following week's host).

If you're interested in hosting a Presto Pasta Night Roundup yourself, check out the guidelines and tips and then email me at

Please join the Presto Pasta Night Gang on My Facebook and let's see where the fun takes us all this year!

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