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Speakin’ of spaghetti! 

Besides the positive vibes of the brand new year, here’s another day that’ll give you a perfect excuse to indulge in a guilty pleasure. Yes, the Spaghetti Day! Spaghetti, the plural of the Italian word ‘spaghetto,’ is a smaller version of ‘spago’ which means a thin string or twine. This day will give you an avenue to prepare your set of favourite or new spaghetti recipes. And you don’t need to stress any bit as I’m here to help you with a versatile range that can make you choose what tempts you the most. After all, won’t it be an amazing experience to see a hearty spaghetti bowl topped with chunky tomato sauce: 

https://www.sanjeevkapoor.com/Recipe/Spaghetti-In-Chunky-Tomato-Sauce.html or baked beans https://www.sanjeevkapoor.com/Recipe/Spaghetti-with-Baked-Beans--SK-Khazana.html or loads of rustic garlic https://www.sanjeevkapoor.com/Recipe/Quick-Garlic-Spaghetti.html or anything that you wish for. I assure you that, when you toss these in your home and serve to your loved ones, there’ll be praises for you, all the way! 


Into the world of spaghetti

I’m sure many of you might be inquisitive about the first historical traces of spaghetti. Surprisingly, it was the Arabs who invented this dish eons ago, which was long before it became a part of Italy’s staple. It was indeed a distinct sight to witness dry noodles laid at the local street stores in 5th century A.D. As this gained popularity, they started being available in varieties too. Did you know that according to the International Pasta Organization, there are more than 600 different shapes of pasta in the world? And most pasta is prepared using wheat products mixed along with water. Other types include the ones made using rice, barley, corn and beans.


You will also be amazed to know that Italians never use a spoon and fork to eat spaghetti, and this concept is a very American habit. The steady flow of Italian immigrants to the US brought spaghetti as an offering in the restaurants in the early 19th century. During this time, a dusting of parmesan cheese was considered as one of the most popular spaghetti toppings, and for a long time, cheese and black pepper were the only condiments used with spaghetti. Additionally, vegetables were not only used to top the spaghetti but were also used to colour and flavour the actual pasta. Like tomato could make a red pasta, pumpkin turned it orange and spinach would add a green hue to it. Salivating already? Binge on this version of a desi style pasta.



Have you ever wondered why a bowl of spaghetti results in instant joy? The carbohydrates present in spaghetti increases the body’s production of serotonin, which is believed to trigger the feeling of happiness and well-being. And before I jump on another awesome spaghetti recipes, here’s another fun fact: the largest bowl of spaghetti was created in the year 2010, when a restaurant in California managed to fill an entire swimming pool with around 6.250 kg of pasta! Insane, isn’t it? Though the recipes associated with this wonder are long to list, but as I promised, you can’t stop talking about spaghetti without not mentioning about this simple, tasty and popular version – Spaghetti Aglio Olio it is!


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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.