Pasta is a staple in most U.S. homes. In fact, the U.S. is the largest pasta market in the world. Whether it’s dried, frozen or readymade — Americans consume 2.7 million tons annually.
Thus, we could all use a little more insight into how our favorite food is made before it ends up in supermarkets. Italian-based company Pama Parsi Macchine has designed and built pasta machines, equipment and plants for over 60 years. This clip of its Automatic Ravioli machine is both enlightening and oddly mesmerizing.
First, the pasta dough is fed into the machine. Then a giant extruder squeezes it out in the form of a large sheet. The pasta sheet is then rolled onto a spool. Lastly, the machine cuts each sheet into segmented ravioli squares and injects them with filling. The finished product is an assembly line of dozens of perfectly made ravioli squares.
Pasta is sometimes overlooked as a health food due to its high carbohydrate content, but the International Pasta Organization (IPO) claims it offers a sustainable approach to eating. Pasta is actually a plant-based food with a low environmental impact. It’s energy-dense and can meet a variety of dietary needs, such as whole wheat and gluten-free options.
As long as pasta is eaten in moderation you’ll reap the benefits of the dish.
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