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National Macaroni Day

July 7

When is National Macaroni Day?

National Macaroni Day happens on Sunday July 7, 2024.

Twirl, Toss, and Celebrate: It’s National Macaroni Day!

Mark your calendars, carb connoisseurs and pasta enthusiasts! As the heart of summer beats on, there comes a day dedicated solely to celebrating one of the world’s most beloved pasta shapes: macaroni. Yes, National Macaroni Day on July 7th is upon us, inviting us all to revel in the joy that this humble, elbow-shaped pasta brings to tables and taste buds across the globe. So, let’s dive into the delightful world of macaroni and explore the myriad of dishes it stars in!

The Marvelous World of Macaroni

Macaroni, with its distinctive tube-like shape and versatile nature, has been a staple in pantries for generations. Though often associated with the classic American comfort food, mac and cheese, macaroni’s culinary reach extends far beyond. From hearty casseroles to refreshing salads, this pasta proves time and again that it can be the hero of any meal.

Diving into Dishes: The Macaroni Magic

  1. The Classic: Macaroni and Cheese – No mention of macaroni is complete without the quintessential mac and cheese. Whether it’s made stove-top with a creamy béchamel or baked to perfection with a crispy breadcrumb topping, mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food.
  2. Macaroni Salad – A staple at summer picnics and BBQs, macaroni salad is a refreshing side that pairs perfectly with grilled meats and vegetables. Toss cooked macaroni with mayo, mustard, veggies, and your choice of seasonings for a delightful dish.
  3. Minestrone Soup – This hearty Italian soup often features macaroni as a key ingredient. Packed with vegetables, beans, and sometimes meat, minestrone with macaroni is both nourishing and comforting.
  4. Macaroni Pie – A beloved dish in the Caribbean, macaroni pie is a baked casserole that combines macaroni with cheese, eggs, and milk, resulting in a rich and decadent dish that’s hard to resist.
  5. Goulash – This Hungarian-inspired dish uses macaroni in a savory stew of meat, vegetables, and paprika-spiced tomato sauce. It’s a warming, one-pot meal perfect for any day of the year.

Celebrating National Macaroni Day

Host a Mac and Cheese Cook-off: Challenge your friends or family members to see who can create the most delicious or unique mac and cheese dish. It’s a fun way to discover new recipes and enjoy a variety of flavors.

Pasta Crafting Party: For the adventurous foodies, try your hand at making homemade macaroni. It’s a rewarding activity, especially when you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor afterward.

Macaroni Dish Potluck: Invite guests to bring a macaroni-based dish to share. It’s a great opportunity to taste different cultures’ takes on this versatile pasta.

Did You Know?

  • A Shape for Every Sauce: The reason macaroni (and pasta in general) comes in so many shapes is that different shapes are suited to different types of sauces. Macaroni, with its tubular structure, is perfect for thicker, creamier sauces.
  • A Staple in Space: Did you know that macaroni and cheese is one of the most requested meals by astronauts? Its comforting taste makes it a favorite even in outer space!

Let’s Get Saucy!

National Macaroni Day is not just a celebration of pasta; it’s a day to embrace creativity in the kitchen, to share delicious meals with loved ones, and to indulge in the simple pleasure that is macaroni. Whether you’re a fan of the classics or eager to explore new culinary territories, let July 7th be a day of exploration and enjoyment.

Happy National Macaroni Day! May your dishes be saucy and your hearts full.

When does National Macaroni Day happen next year?

National Macaroni Day will happen on the following upcoming dates:

  • Monday July 7, 2025
  • Tuesday July 7, 2026
  • Wednesday July 7, 2027
  • Friday July 7, 2028
  • Saturday July 7, 2029


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