“Use Your Noodle” contest offers pasta prizes

October is National Pasta Month and Oct. 21-27 is Pasta Lovers’ Week in North Dakota.

Posted Oct. 5, 2012

In celebration of the simple goodness of pasta and to salute our state’s durum wheat producers, who grow two-thirds of the nation’s supply, this newspaper is featuring “Use Your Noodle” Pasta trivia.

Complete the trivia questions to learn more about North Dakota’s golden durum crop, how pasta is made and enjoyed around the world and the nutritional benefits of this tasty food.

Readers who submit a correctly completed trivia have a chance to win a “North Dakota – Where the Best Pasta is Born” t-shirt from the North Dakota Wheat Commission, pasta spoon from the U.S. Durum Growers Association and pasta from Dakota Growers Pasta Company, American Italian Pasta Company and Philadelphia Macaroni.

Send your answers to Dunn County Herald, P.O. Box 609, Killdeer, ND 58640 or by email to edunn@ndsupernet.com by October 19, 2012. Winners will be announced in the October 26th edition. Have fun!

Pasta roots in North Dakota – everybody loves pasta, but many people might be unaware that pasta has strong roots in North Dakota. Our producers grow a large portion of the durum that is made into pasta here and around the world!


Which county in North Dakota produces the most durum on average?

A. Cass

B. Williams

C. Ward

D. Bottineau

The highest level of production recorded in North Dakota was 128 million bushels. What year did this happen?

A. 1981

B. 2011

C. 1975

D. 2005

There are approximately how many pasta shapes used around the world?

A. 150

B. 600

C. 250

D. 400

 One billion packages of spaghetti stacked end-to-end is enough to circle the earth how many times?

A. 9

B. 20

C. 2

D. 67

A significant amount of durum is grown in North Dakota and a lot gets exported. Who is the largest buyer of U.S. durum?

A. Canada

B. Italy

C. Mexico

D. China

 North Dakota produces enough pasta for approximately how many servings of spaghetti?

A. 1 billion

B. 500 million

C. 17 billion

D. 956 million

 One serving of pasta, about ½ cup, contains about how many calories?

A. 100

B. 200

C. 300

D. 275

 About how much money does a North Dakota farmer receive for the durum used to make one pound of pasta? (In early 2012, the average cost of one poung of pasta was $1.45)

A. $0.75

B. $0.54

C. $0.19

D. $0.32

 Evidence has shown that the Chinese were making a noodle-like food as early as:

A. 1600 A.D.

B. 1200 A.D.

C. 3000 B.C.

D. 1000 B.C.

 How many pounds of traditional pasta can be made from one bushel of durum?

A. 60

B. 17

C. 25

D. 42

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