Simple and delicious, spaghetti is more than deserving of its own little holiday. The first historical reference to boiled noodles suggests that the Arabs invented the dish thousands of years ago, long before it became an Italian cuisine staple. Spaghetti appeared in Sicily around the 12th century and with the steady flow of Italian immigrants to the United States, Italian dishes and spaghetti were offered in restaurants as early as the 19th century.
The best way to celebrate Spaghetti Day is to eat spaghetti of course, but if you’re trying to watch carbs and stay true to your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier in 2016, opt for whole-wheat spaghetti (1 cup) with 4 meatballs (3 ounces), sauce (1/2 cup) and Parmesan cheese (1 tablespoon), crusty bread, ½ cup steamed broccoli, and a salad of mixed greens with vinaigrette dressing. Two tablespoons of vinaigrette dressing provides plenty of flavor without drowning the salad. Homemade salad dressings have much less sodium and often more flavor than commercial versions.
For great flavor and a fraction of the fat, sodium and calories of the original, broil a slice of crusty whole-wheat bread with 1 teaspoon olive oil and 1 teaspoon Parmesan cheese.