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History of Your Pasta

History of Your Pasta

Are you a pasta lover? Have you ever wondered where your favorite dish originated from? Some people love to enjoy pasta on a daily basis. However, most people do not know where their favorite pasta dish originated from. Check out the history of your favorite pasta to find out where your favorite pasta dishes came from.


The word lasagna was derived from the Greek word laganon, which was used to describe flat dough that was sliced into strips. The Greeks didn’t invent the lasagna dish, but they did invent the world’s oldest pasta, laganon. Lasagna was first made popular in Naples, Italy during the Middle Ages. It was crafted as a dish for larger crowds, which made it a popular dish for special occasions. Traditional Italian lasagna is made up of ragu, béchamel, and Parmigiano-Reggiano between layers of pasta. This traditional Italian lasagna has been altered slightly in America. It now contains more of a meatier sauce with pork or ground beef and layers of roasted vegetables added.

Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccine Alfredo is an Italian-American classic. Fettuccine Alfredo was the brainchild of Alfredo Di Lelio. In 1914, he was trying to create a pasta recipe to satisfy his pregnant wife’s cravings and came up with the dish Fettuccine Alfredo. The dish contains a sauce made from Parmesan cheese and butter poured over fettuccine. Alfredo Di Lelio later opened a restaurant in Italy and served this delicious pasta dish. The dish became so popular that he later opened a restaurant in New York. Today, Fettuccine Alfredo is considered an Italian-American favorite. One difference is that it is now commonly made with cream instead of butter.

Pasta Carbonara

Carbonara is an Italian pasta dish that originated in Rome during the middle of the 20th century. The word carbonara is derived from the Italian word for a charcoal burner. It is commonly believed that it is named carbonara because it was originally served as a hearty meal for coal miners. It’s made up of eggs, Pecorino Romano cheese, bacon, and black pepper over spaghetti, fettuccine, rigatoni, linguine, or Bucatini. In some parts of America, this dish is known as coal miner’s spaghetti.

Pasta is a common comfort food. However, not many people are aware of where their favorite dish originated from. Lasagna, Fettuccine Alfredo, and Pasta Carbonara are three Italian-American favorite comfort dishes. Pierino Frozen Foods offers all of the pasta needed to create these three Italian-American classics and more. Check out Pierino Frozen Foods at www.pierinofrozenfoods.com or call us at 866-GO-PASTA for your pasta needs.

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