Whoever would have thought it? What was once a staple basic Italian food, has today become a family meal, and kids’ favorite, for consumers across the world.
By Verite Reily Collins
But pasta, in all its many forms, is now eaten by millions every day. And children, normally fussy eaters, generally love it. Italy of course still leads the way, but Mamma’s home-made pasta is slowly giving way to ready-made pastas bought by working mums. In Britain families have latched onto the pasta habit, and Market research company Statista reports that in 2014 (latest year for which figures are available), chilled or frozen pasta was the third most popular ready-bought meal in the United Kingdom (UK), after British and Indian food with an estimated 8.6 million people used chilled or frozen pasta ready meals in the UK. And not only is pasta a staple for meals in the home, but Italian restaurants serving pasta, are very popular for meals out. Even though Britain’s Daily Mail reported that much of the pasta served in High Street restaurants comes ready-made, rather than as in the old days when it was Mamma’s home-made pasta that was served.
In the 1960 the British started to go abroad – and discovered Italian cooking. Pasta was considered an exotic food, and smart dinner tables showed off with ‘exotic-sounding’ dishes (to the post-war diners) such as spaghetti Bolognese or Lasagne. Once these became a staple of the repertoire, it wasn’t long before children wanted their s...