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The Discovery of Pasta
Did you know that Marco Polo discovered pasta? It's true! He discovered and brought back rice pasta from China (1271-1295). However, the ancient Greeks and Romans were already making pasta from flour and water, which they would sun dry and then boil in water. During the Renaissance era, Queen Catherine de Médicis brought pasta to France. In 1910, Lustucru invented egg pasta.
Here's something you may not know: an appetizer portion of pasta suitable for one person is between 50 to 60 grams while a main dish portion is between 100 to 120 grams.
The two original kinds of pasta are vermicelli and lasagna. Small pasta like vermicelli can be boiled in broth while lasagna noodles and similar larger pasta should be boiled in salted water.
Italy & Pasta
Did you know that Italy turned pasta into fine cuisine? They also transformed it from a side order dish for meat into a main dish.