The History and Global Popularity of Pasta

TLDR Pasta, a versatile dish made from unleavened dough, originated in Italy and has a history dating back at least 2,000 years. It became popularized worldwide, especially after World War II, and is now the most favorite dish in the 21st century, with Italy being the top consumer.

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00:00 Pasta originated in Italy but has since become a global food that can be served in a variety of styles.
02:08 Pasta has a name of Italian origin and is defined as any unleavened dough made out of wheat with water and/or eggs, but the history of pasta is difficult to determine and there is no evidence to support the claim that pasta originated in China or was brought to Italy by Marco Polo or the Moors.
04:01 There is evidence of pasta dating back at least 2,000 years in Italy, with early references to pasta-like foods in Italy and around the Mediterranean, indicating that pasta likely developed independently in different regions.
05:51 Dried pasta allowed for the preservation of an easy-to-prepare meal, and durum wheat became the preferred grain for making pasta due to its higher gluten content.
07:48 Pasta production became automated in the 17th century, leading to its association with the lower classes, but it was still consumed by the upper class, and Thomas Jefferson is credited with bringing pasta to the United States.
09:43 Pasta became popularized in mainstream culture, especially after soldiers who served in Italy during World War II brought their love of pasta back with them, leading to its spread in popularity and the development of over 300 known types of pasta.
11:39 Pasta is the world's most favorite dish in the 21st century, with Italy being the top consumer, followed by Tunisia and Venezuela, and Italians consuming about three times more pasta per year than Americans.
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