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National Spaghetti Day

January 4

When is National Spaghetti Day?

National Spaghetti Day happens on Thursday January 4, 2024.

Celebrate National Spaghetti Day the Right Way!

It’s that time of year again – National Spaghetti Day is January 4th! This food-focused holiday is the perfect excuse to indulge in some delicious Italian cuisine. Don’t worry, though – you don’t have to settle for plain spaghetti with a jar of store-bought sauce. There are countless ways to dress up this classic dish and make it something special. Let’s explore some of the many scrumptious variations on spaghetti dishes.

Spaghetti Carbonara

This luxurious Italian pasta dish consists of spaghetti noodles tossed in a creamy sauce made from eggs, bacon or pancetta, grated cheese, and black pepper. The combination of salty bacon and sharp cheese is a match made in heaven! If you want to go above and beyond, top it off with a sprinkle of fresh parsley for an extra pop of flavor.

Spaghetti Bolognese

This hearty Italian-American staple features ground beef cooked in tomato sauce until it’s tender and flavorful. Add onions and garlic for extra depth and serve over hot cooked spaghetti for an unforgettable meal. Want to spice things up? Throw in some mushrooms, peppers, or whatever other vegetables you have lying around!

Shrimp Scampi

This classic seafood pasta dish will transport your taste buds straight to the coast. Sauté shrimp in butter, garlic, white wine, and lemon juice until they’re perfectly cooked. Serve over al dente spaghetti noodles with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese on top for an elegant yet easy weeknight dinner.

Vegetarian Lasagna-Style Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Craving lasagna but don’t want all the carbs? Sub out traditional lasagna noodles for spiralized spaghetti squash instead! Layer your desired veggies (think spinach, mushrooms, bell peppers) with ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese… add as much cheese as you want! Bake until golden brown and bubbling then enjoy your guilt-free feast!
No matter what kind of pasta dish you crave on National Spaghetti Day (or any day!), there’s something out there just waiting to be discovered. From rich carbonara to cheesy casseroles to classic bolognese – the possibilities are endless when it comes to celebrating this beloved Italian dish! So go ahead – enjoy some delicious pasta the right way this National Spaghetti Day! You won’t regret it! Buon Appetito!

When does National Spaghetti Day happen next year?

National Spaghetti Day will happen on the following upcoming dates:

  • Saturday January 4, 2025
  • Sunday January 4, 2026
  • Monday January 4, 2027
  • Tuesday January 4, 2028
  • Thursday January 4, 2029


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