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Pasta is a generic name for many types of noodles that are produced from the paste of ground grains mixed with water, and often egg and salt. While rice noodles are thought of as Chinese cuisine, wheat noodles are thought of as Italian cuisine.

While it has been thought in some places that Marco Polo brought the concept back with him from China, the first pastas that we know about were on Etruscan tomb from the fourth century B.C.

Thomas Jefferson is credited with bringing the first macaroni machine to America in 1789 when he returned home after serving as ambassador to France.

See the Wikipedia Cookbook for specific recipies and the Cooking topic for a more general overview of food.