Thomas Jefferson is credited with introducing macaroni to the United States. It seems that he fell in love with a certain dish he tasted in Naples, while serving as the U.S. Ambassador to France. In fact, he promptly ordered crates of “macaroni,” along with a pasta-making machine, sent back to the States.

The average American consumes 20 lbs. of pasta annually. This makes it the 6th highest food per capita in the country.