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    Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:54 am
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    Spaghetti is a long, thin, cylindrical pasta of Italian origin. Spaghetti is made of semolina or flour and water. Italian dried spaghetti is made from durum wheat semolina, but outside of Italy it may be made with other kinds of flour. Traditionally, most spaghetti was 50 cm (20 in) long, but shorter lengths gained in popularity during the latter half of the 20th century and now spaghetti is most commonly available in 25–30 cm (10–12 in) lengths. A variety of pasta dishes are based on it, from spaghetti alla Carbonara or garlic and oil to a spaghetti with tomato sauce, meat and other sauces.

    Spaghetti is the plural form of the Italian word spaghetto, which is a diminutive of spago, meaning "thin string" or "twine".

    Pasta in the West may first have been worked to long, thin forms in Southern Italy around the 12th century. The popularity of pasta spread to the whole of Italy after the establishment of pasta factories in the 19th century, enabling the mass production of pasta for the Italian market.

    In the United States around the end of the 19th century, spaghetti was offered in restaurants as Spaghetti Italienne (which likely consisted of noodles cooked past al dente, and a mild tomato sauce flavored with easily found spices and vegetables such as cloves, bay leaves, and garlic) and it wasn't until decades later that it came to be commonly prepared with oregano or basil. Canned spaghetti, kits for making spaghetti and spaghetti with meatballs became popular, and the dish has become a staple in the U.S.
    Spaghetti is cooked in a large pot of salted, boiling water then drained in a colander (scolapasta in Italian).

    In Italy, spaghetti is generally cooked al dente (Italian for to the tooth), just fully cooked and still firm. Outside Italy, spaghetti is sometimes cooked to a much softer consistency.

    Spaghettoni is a thicker spaghetti which takes more time to cook. Spaghettini and vermicelli are very thin spaghetti (both of which may be called angel hair spaghetti in English) which take less time to cook.

    An emblem of Italian cuisine, spaghetti is frequently served with tomato sauce, which may contain various herbs (especially oregano and basil), olive oil, meat, or vegetables. Other spaghetti preparations include using Bolognese sauce, alfredo and carbonara. Grated hard cheeses, such as Pecorino Romano, Parmesan and Grana Padano, are often added. It is also sometimes served with chili.

    Consumption of spaghetti in Italy doubled from 14 kilograms (30.9 lb) before World War II to 28 kilograms (61.7 lb) by 1955. By that year, Italy produced 1,432,990 tons of spaghetti, of which 74,000 was exported, and had a production capacity of 3 million tons.

    The world record for largest bowl of spaghetti was set in March 2009 and reset in March 2010 when a Buca di Beppo restaurant in Garden Grove, California, successfully filled a swimming pool with more than 13,780 pounds (6,251 kg) of pasta.
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    Here are some spaghetti recipes:
    Jo Mama's World Famous Spaghetti
    Lemon Chicken Spaghetti Toss
    Slow Simmered Spaghetti and Meatballs (Crock Pot)
    Taco Spaghetti (OAMC)
    Easy Spaghetti and Meatballs

    And what about baked spaghetti pies and casseroles!

    Southwestern Baked Spaghetti
    Linda's Spaghetti Pie
    Baked Spaghetti Casserole
    Spaghetti Casserole
    Baked Spaghetti by Paula Deen

    Did you grow up eating spaghetti? What is your favorite? Please share!
    Mon Feb 04, 2013 3:20 pm Groupie
    I use this sauce primarily on pizza, but Aurelio's was my dad's favorite pasta sauce. It's a good kids recipe, very mild: Approximately Aurelio's Pizza and Pasta Sauce

    We really enjoyed this spaghetti casserole: Smokehouse Spaghetti
    Becky in Wisconsin
    Mon Feb 04, 2013 4:08 pm Groupie
    Spaghetti Ala Elsa has been my "go to" sauce recipe ever since I saw Rachel Ray make it on 30 Minute Meals. I have made a few alterations to the recipe to suit our tastes, but for the most part it is the same. Now I'm hungry for this. Going to have to make it this week.
    Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:11 pm
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    Great Thread Sharon and so many lovely recipes! I am off to browse them all now icon_lol.gif
    Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:19 pm
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    Hi Chocolatl, Becky and Joy! Those recipes sound good, and now I too am hungry for spaghetti!
    Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:46 pm Groupie
    I've been enjoying spaghetti all my life! Been to Italy, and have tried numerous versions all around the globe including this one which remains my all-time favorite (perfected over the years by yours truly!).

    Hope you enjoy, too.

    icon_biggrin.gif Becky

    Favorite Quick & Easy Spaghetti and Meatballs
    Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:49 pm
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    Sounds like you've got a winner there Bec! icon_biggrin.gif
    Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:34 am
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    Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:56 pm Groupie
    Wow Sharon, you've got a lot of spaghetti recipes!Off to check them out. icon_biggrin.gif
    Fri Feb 08, 2013 6:53 pm
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    I hope you find something you enjoy Bec.

    Did any of you grow up eating spaghetti?
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