Starting in 1995, culinary experts began discussing the importance of pasta; its cultural, nutritional, and economic importance.  Since then, every year on October 25, World Pasta Day is celebrated around the globe.

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When we think of pasta we almost always think of Italy where pasta is served most days at lunch or dinner.  Interesting to notice, Italians are considered among the slimmest people in Europe so pasta, in fact, is not linked to weight gain like so many believe.

Pasta is also commonly eaten outside of Italy.  In many countries it is served several times each week.  Popularity is due to its affordability, versatility, ease of preparation, and nutritional benefits.  Not to mention everyone loves fresh pasta!

Carbohydrates like pasta provide glucose, the essential fuel for your muscles and brain.  Pasta is an excellent source of complex carbs which provide a slow release of energy, unlike simple sugars that offer a quick, yet fleeting boost.  Current dietary guidelines suggest 45% – 65% of total calories come from carbohydrates.  This depends on individual activity levels, if you are training for a marathon you require more carbs than those who lead a sedentary life.

Duso’s pasta is enriched with important nutrients including iron and B vitamins (folic acid, riboflavin, niacin and thiamine).  Duso’s fresh Butternut Squash Mezzaluna is filled with a delicious immune boosting recipe of butternut squash, carrots, yams and sweet potato.  Duso’s sauces are made with vine-ripened tomatoes and sweetened with red peppers instead of sugar.

Pasta is easy to prepare.  If you can boil water, you can create a great tasting and visually appealing meal.  Duso’s fresh flat pastas take just 2 minutes to cook, take another few minutes to toss with one of Duso’s six fresh sauces, add a side of vegetables and voila, in less than 10 minutes you have a gourmet meal that will impress your family and friends.

World Pasta Day is the perfect day to host a pasta themed dinner party featuring Duso’s fresh pasta and sauce – Buon Appetito!