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Buon Appetito! The Great Pasta Quiz
by Staff
Whether it's long strands of spaghetti or luscious sheets of lasagna, pasta is a perennial favorite and dietary staple throughout the world. Test your noodle about how much you really know about, well, noodles.

Pasta is made from what type of wheat?

  • soft red winter wheat
  • hard red winter wheat
  • durum wheat

Which U.S. state grows the most durum wheat?

  • North Dakota
  • Kansas
  • Iowa

What are the minimum ingredients needed to make pasta?

  • flour and water
  • flour, water and eggs
  • flour, water and olive oil

Which nation is credited with inventing pasta?

  • Italy
  • China
  • Greece

What percentage of Americans eat pasta once each week?

  • 38 percent
  • 59 percent
  • 77 percent

What is America's favorite pasta?

  • macaroni
  • spaghetti
  • ziti

Why are there are so many pasta shapes?

  • Chefs like to invent new pastas so they can name a noodle after themselves.
  • Different shapes work better in different recipes.
  • Kids need lots of pasta shapes for crafts.

Pastas are often named for their resemblance to other things. Which pasta was named for its butterfly shape?

  • farfalle
  • rotini
  • cannelloni

Which of the following is not a filled pasta?

  • ravioli
  • tortellini
  • ditalini

One pound of uncooked pasta makes about how much cooked pasta?

  • 4 cups
  • 6 cups
  • 8 cups

Which pasta are you eating if you're eating "little ears?"

  • bucatini
  • orzo
  • orecchiette

About how many pounds of pasta do children eat each year?

  • 19
  • 38
  • 62

Where was the first American pasta factory opened?

  • Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Boston, Mass.
  • Philadelphia, Pa.

How many different pasta shapes are produced throughout the world?

  • 450
  • 600
  • 725

Who is credited with bringing macaroni to America?

  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • James Madison

Why did the ancient Greeks refer to pasta as "marcus?"

  • It translates to "dry bread."
  • It translates to "divine food."
  • It refers to the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, who ate massive amounts of pasta.

What vessel was used in 2010 to hold the Guinness Book of World Record's largest bowl of spaghetti?

  • cement mixer
  • swimming pool
  • hockey rink

Pasta should be cooked "al dente." What does that mean?

  • to the tooth
  • soft in the mouth
  • slippery on the tongue

When is National Pasta Month?

  • January
  • May
  • October

What diet trend caused pasta sales to slump in the late 1990s?

  • low-fat diets
  • low-cholesterol diets
  • low-carbohydrate diets