We asked Roamlers from the United Kingdom to weigh in on their favourite pasta dishes to cook at home – and this is what it boils down to!
Fusilli was the overwhelming fan favourite, attributing to 26,35% of the submissions, followed by Spaghetti at 18,92% and Penne at 14,86%. According to the BBC, spaghetti bolognese has been a staple of a traditional British upbringing since the 1960s. More recently, an Oxfam study named pasta to be the most popular dish in the world, trumping pizza, rice and meat.
There are over 600 types of pasta and some have over 1300 names. So what makes pasta so appealing? Experts attribute the popularity to a number of reasons, such as the simplicity of cooking it and it being relatively cheap to make (the average price for pasta in the UK is 89 pence). Pair that with a relatively low calorie intake and a delicious taste and you have a winning combination!
Fun fact: When pasta started its surge in popularity in the UK, the BBC had an April Fools’ Day spoof report about a new crop of spaghetti trees spreading throughout Great Britain. Many people began calling in to the news conglomerate to try to get their hands on one!
Although we don’t have any pasta trees to put on display, check out some of the fantastic pasta art that our Roamlers have been working on: