A 19th century pasta factory in Naples, Italy. Food historians trace pasta’s roots to around 1000BC, when ancient Greeks made pasta sheets called laganon – from which the word lasagne comes. Photo: Getty Images/Stockphoto A 19th century pasta factory in Naples, Italy. Food historians trace pasta’s roots to around 1000BC, when ancient Greeks made pasta sheets called laganon – from which the word lasagne comes. Photo: Getty Images/Stockphoto
A 19th century pasta factory in Naples, Italy. Food historians trace pasta’s roots to around 1000BC, when ancient Greeks made pasta sheets called laganon – from which the word lasagne comes. Photo: Getty Images/Stockphoto

Chinese noodles not the inspiration for pasta, historians say, its roots are in ancient Greece – and they have the texts to prove it

  • The legend that pasta was inspired by Chinese noodles brought to Europe by Marco Polo in the 13th century has been widely believed
  • However, food historians say the ancient Greeks invented pasta, ancient Rome adopted it from them, and medieval Arab traders may have pioneered dry pasta

Topic |   Food and Drinks
A 19th century pasta factory in Naples, Italy. Food historians trace pasta’s roots to around 1000BC, when ancient Greeks made pasta sheets called laganon – from which the word lasagne comes. Photo: Getty Images/Stockphoto A 19th century pasta factory in Naples, Italy. Food historians trace pasta’s roots to around 1000BC, when ancient Greeks made pasta sheets called laganon – from which the word lasagne comes. Photo: Getty Images/Stockphoto
A 19th century pasta factory in Naples, Italy. Food historians trace pasta’s roots to around 1000BC, when ancient Greeks made pasta sheets called laganon – from which the word lasagne comes. Photo: Getty Images/Stockphoto
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