Antoine Zerega, a Frenchman, opened the first American pasta factory in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1848, which was only powered by one horse. To dry the strands of spaghetti, he would place them on his roof under the sun. Another fun fact is that in order to circle the Earth's equator nine times, it would require 1.3 million pounds of 16-ounce spaghetti packets.
Pasta is the sixth most sold food per capita in the United States, and an average American consumes 20 pounds of pasta per year. Pasta is also one of the most affordable meals in America, and Americans consume the most pasta in the world with an average of 24 percent of the global consumption.