October is National Pasta Month

October means different things to different people – football, fall leaves and pumpkins, but October also means “It’s Pasta Time!”

National Pasta Month is celebrated each October, so put it on your calendar!

Pasta Production

North Dakota remains the largest producer of durum in the country. Other states also grow a lot of wheat, but North Dakota accounts for about 60 percent of yearly durum production. Each year farmers plant around one million acres of durum in the state and which produces nearly 40 million bushels. That’s enough durum to make 13 billion servings of pasta! The neighboring state of Montana is the next largest grower of durum in the United States.

A good share of North Dakota production is processed in-state, but durum is also sent out of state to a variety of mills throughout the United States and to customers around the world. Italy, Algeria and Nigeria are the largest international buyers, but North Dakota durum also finds its way to smaller markets in Central America and Europe. Durum is also used to produce bread and couscous, but pasta is the primary product created in these countries.

During National Pasta Month, durum growers encourage you to make your favorite pasta dish! Or maybe even try out a new pasta recipe!

Pasta is a nutritious food, especially when paired with nutrient-rich food partners like vegetables, beans, lean meats, cheese and healthy oils. For great recipes and cooking tips, visit eatwheat.org/recipes and pastafits.org/pasta-recipes. For more information on National Pasta Month and North Dakota durum, visit www.ndwheat.com.

Photo: Types of pasta.

Pasta Shapes

There is a pasta shape for every pasta dish out there. Pairing the correct pasta shape can make a big difference when cooking. Check out the Pasta Shapes Dictionary from pastafits.org.

Need some inspiration?

Try one of these delicious pasta recipes!

 

 

Chicken Pot Pie Pasta
This one-skillet pasta dinner is the ultimate comfort food! With a creamy sauce, veggies, chicken and noodles, this pasta is tasty and simple to make.
Recipe Info
  • Blender Icon Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Oven Icon Baking Time: 15 minutes
  • Plate Icon Servings: 8
  • Fork Icon Flavors: Chicken
    Gravy
    Savory
Caprese Pasta Salad
made with whole wheat pasta, a healthy source of complex carbohydrates that will help keep you full longer.
Recipe Info
  • Blender Icon Prep Time: 15 min
  • Refridgerator Icon Refrigeration: 30 min
  • Plate Icon Servings: 10
  • Fork Icon Flavors: Savory
Cheesy Baked Spaghetti
This baked pasta dish is a little bit like spaghetti, a little bit like lasagna, and a whole lot of flavor
Recipe Info
  • Blender Icon Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Oven Icon Baking Time: 35-40 minutes
  • Plate Icon Servings: 6
  • Heat Wave Icon Baking Temp: 350°F
  • Fork Icon Flavors: Cheesy
    Ground Beef
Creamy Grilled Chicken Pasta Primavera
This hearty pasta has a combination of grilled chicken strips and garden-fresh vegetables in a rich cream sauce
Recipe Info
  • Blender Icon Prep Time: 15 min
  • Oven Icon Baking Time: 15 min
  • Plate Icon Servings: 6
  • Fork Icon Flavors: Savory
    Comfort Food
    Chicken
Creamy Garlic Chicken Pasta Skillet
This creamy garlic chicken pasta cooks in one skillet in about 40 minutes.
Recipe Info
  • Blender Icon Prep Time: 10 min
  • Oven Icon Baking Time: 40 min
  • Plate Icon Servings: 6
  • Fork Icon Flavors: Savory
    Pasta
    Chicken
Loaded Pizza Pasta
This hearty loaded pizza pasta is packed with flavor and is sure to become a regular with your weeknight meal plan.
Recipe Info
  • Blender Icon Prep Time: 30 min
  • Oven Icon Baking Time: 30 min
  • Plate Icon Servings: 8
  • Heat Wave Icon Baking Temp: 350°F
  • Fork Icon Flavors: Savory
    Comfort Food
Easy Cheesy Tuna Mac
a quick and frugal weeknight meal. Have dinner on the table in under 30 minutes with only 4 ingredients.
Recipe Info
  • Blender Icon Prep Time: 10 min
  • Oven Icon Baking Time: 20 min
  • Plate Icon Servings: 4
  • Heat Wave Icon Baking Temp: 350°F
  • Fork Icon Flavors: Cheesy
    Tuna
30 Minute Tuscan Tortellini Skillet
on the table in just 30 minutes, and everything cooks in one skillet
Recipe Info
  • Blender Icon Prep Time: 10 min
  • Oven Icon Baking Time: 20 min
  • Plate Icon Servings: 6
  • Fork Icon Flavors: Italian Sausage
    Tomato
    Cheesy
Creamy Pasta Salad
This simple pasta salad is sweet, tangy and super creamy.
Recipe Info
  • Blender Icon Prep Time: 15 min
  • Oven Icon Baking Time: 12 min
  • Plate Icon Servings: 20 – ½ cup servings
  • Fork Icon Flavors: Sweet
    Tangy
    Savory
Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake
Enjoy the great flavor of buffalo chicken in this simple pasta bake, with just the right touch of spice.
Recipe Info
  • Blender Icon Prep Time: 20 min
  • Oven Icon Baking Time: 20 min
  • Plate Icon Servings: 5
  • Heat Wave Icon Baking Temp: 375°F
  • Fork Icon Flavors: Spicy
    Comfort Food
    Chicken

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