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National Pasta Day is a time to enjoy your favorite pasta

Pasta lovers have so many dishes to choose from on National Pasta Day.
If you go to a restaurant and tell the waiter you want to order pasta, he wouldn't know what to bring you because that's such a broad category with many different choices. In fact, there are over 600 different shapes that can be prepared in more than 350 different dishes. On National Pasta Day on Tuesday, October 17, people around the country will eat some form of pasta to join in with other people around the country who are doing the same thing. Origin of pasta Pasta is the Italian word for dough. It is the shape that gives the dish its name. If you love it you should know that it was President Thomas Jefferson who was the one credited with introducing it to America. He first tasted it in Naples, Italy and loved it so much that he wanted to share it with the America that he loved. In 1789, he brought the first pasta machine back to the United States along with crates of macaroni. Today, the food is a staple in America and has become a favorite around the dinner table because it is so...