National Spaghetti Day

National Spaghetti Day is an unofficial but fun holiday that’s on 4th, January, it celebrates the very popular pasta that’s commonly served with a sauce, be it red, white or cream. On spaghetti day, people all over the world celebrate this pasta by boiling it upand adding their favourite sauce to it and serve it to their families  If you’re a fan of spaghetti, then grab a fork and enjoy your favourite version of spaghetti on this day.

National Spaghetti Day Recipes

Spaghetti Bolonaise
Spaghetti Carbonara
Spaghetti with Butter

The History of Spaghetti


There are Many theories are presented concerning the origin of pasta. Some researchers place its discovery in the XIII Century by Marco Polo, who introduced pasta to Italy on his return from China in 1271. On chapter CLXXI from the “Books of the World’s Wonders”, Marco Polo makes a reference to pasta in China. In the opinion of the International Pasta Organisation, pasta dates much further back to the ancient Etruscan civilisations. which made pasta by grinding several cereals and grains and mixed them together. They then placed it in water. However, The first written record of pasta comes from the Talmud in the 5th century AD and refers to dried pasta that could be cooked through boiling, and was convenient to carry. But that’s just pasta in general, we want spaghetti.

It’s said that the Berbers introduced pasta to Europe during a conquest of Sicily. In the West, it may have first been worked into long, thin forms in Sicily around the 12th century, as the Tabula Rogeriana of Muhammad al-Idrisi attested, reporting some traditions about the Sicilian kingdom. This sounds like spaghetti to me!

Originally, spaghetti was notably long, but shorter lengths gained popularity during the latter half of the 20th century. It’s now the most commonly available size: in 25–30 cm (10–12 in) lengths.

The popularity of spaghetti spread throughout Italy after the establishment of spaghetti factories in the 19th century. This made it easy for the mass production of spaghetti in Italy. In the United States around the end of the 19th century, spaghetti was offered in restaurants.

The world record for the largest bowl of spaghetti was set in March 2009 and reset in March 2010 when a Buca di Beppo restaurant in Garden Grove, California, filled a swimming pool with more than 13,780 pounds (6,251 kg) of pasta. That’s a lotta pasta! Mama Mia!

So that being said, no one really knows when National Spaghetti Day was invented or who invented it. It’s just one of those mysteries that’s unlikely to be solved.  Does it really matter? On January 4th, whip up some Spag Bol and enjoy the holiday!

Saucy Spaghetti & Pasta Facts

  • Spaghetti in Italian means “twine”
  • Tomato sauce was an American innovation to spaghetti
  • Meatballs were also an American innovation to spaghetti
  • Parmesan is the most popular spaghetti topping
  • The average Italian eats 55 pounds of pasta a year
  • The average American eats 15.5 pounds of pasta a year
  • The ballad “On Top of Spaghetti” was released in 1962
  • Pastafarian is a real religion. Worship The Flying Spaghetti Monster!

Celebrating National Spaghetti Day

Celebrating National Spaghetti Day is pretty easy. All you have to do is get together your friends and family and serve them a nice dish of spaghetti. Or if you’d rather eat alone, then make yourself a nice plate of spaghetti.


While most people think of spaghetti and meatballs covered with a tomato sauce when they think about this dish, there are actually a number of different ways to serve it. You can make a bacon and escarole Spaghetti; a mushroom and radicchio spaghetti; make a Mexican themed spaghetti with corn and chili powder or even make a spaghetti pie.  Why limit yourself to one spaghetti version when there are so many recipes available and they are all just waiting for you to make them on National Spaghetti Day. So pick your favorite and be sure to cook it until it’s “al dente!”

Where is National Spaghetti Day celebrated?

There is no specific location where this holiday is celebrated.