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Having a boring day? Well, guess what... it's National Spaghetti Day!  Who couldn't go for a nice plate of pasta today?  Let's get right into celebrating National Spaghetti Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

As with most food holidays, there's no real reason for the specific day chosen for this celebration but it's such a commonly eaten meal that it just has to be celebrated!  Although spaghetti is attributed to Italians in around the 12th century, pasta has actually been around for over 4,000 years! Spaghetti didn't make it to the United States until the late 19th century and even then it was in a subpar form, by today's standards.  The word spaghetti is the plural form of the Italian word spaghetto. Spaghetto comes from the word spago, which means thin string or twine. Makes a lot of sense, doesn't it?

It's made from semolina (or flour) and water and you can pick yourself up a box of spaghetti in its dried form before you boil it to edible goodness.  These days, spaghetti is usually topped with a tomato-based sauce and possible sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. The sauce can include anything from meatballs, mushrooms, onions, garlic and a variety of spices.  The boiling of the pasta is the easy part, but making a good sauce is an art!

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So what can you do to celebrate?  Well, how about you take a friend or significant other out for a nice spaghetti dinner at an Italian restaurant? Go all out and try a new restaurant or a different sauce and don't forget the garlic bread!  I'm sure you could use a random night out to treat yourself to this delicious and filling meal.  Or maybe you want to make your own...  Look up a recipe online, check your cookbooks or go by memory to test your skills in the kitchen. You could go the easy route and just heat up some ready-made sauce while you boil the spaghetti or you could make it all from scratch.
 
If you want to go the easy route, there are a TON of different kinds of sauces you can get to put on top of your spaghetti. There are so many different flavors to choose from that you'll never get bored. You might as well pick up a box of Texas Toast or garlic bread while you're at it.  There are a variety of different sizes and types of spaghetti you can choose from as well as extra ingredients to add to your sauce to really make it stand out.  Do you want a sweet sauce? How about a spicy sauce? Want some giant meatballs or are you a vegetarian?  The choice is all up to you! You can add as many spices, meats or vegetables to your sauce as you like. Don't be afraid to experiment, it could turn out to be the best sauce you've had.  This holiday is great because it's easy to share the celebration with your whole family as you sit down to enjoy your plate of spaghetti.  Dig in!





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