Frozen Pasta – A Staple of the British Diet

Wholegrain pasta with green beans, zucchini and Brussels sprouts

Whilst Italians consume 26 kilos per head every year, Britain is way down in the tables, eating 2.5 kilos – a tenth of what Italians consume.

By Verite Reily Collins 

Italians eat twice as much pasta as Venezuelans (second highest in annual consumption), according to the International Pasta Organization of Rome (IPO). However, at the moment Britons have other things on their mind – the country is in the throes of holding its breath over football, Britain is currently involved in a painful debate over benefits, or otherwise, of being part of the European Union. One benefit the country has gained is the diversity of food now found in its shops and restaurants. Britons have become much more adventurous in what they eat, while pasta has now become a staple of the British diet, and a favorite of British children. For years the only pasta dish the British knew was macaroni cheese. Then, in the ‘60s, spaghetti Bolognese made its way onto dinner tables and today, it is estimated that over 100 varieties of pasta shapes can be found on supermarket shelves. I can still remember the first genuine pasta I ate, sitting in the restaurant of the Hotel Roma, in the middle of Bologna – a city that many say has some of the best cooking in Italy.  Then, I was young, and lasagna was an undiscovered treat. Today, over 100 different sorts of pasta are sold in supermarkets. Children around the world demand pasta as a favorite for meals. However, there is one big difference; Italians tend to eat past...

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