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Macaroni mac-uh-ROW-nee ("Dumpling") - is a corruption of the Italian word maccherone and its plural maccheroni. Macaroni is a highly versatile shape that can be topped with any sauce, baked, or put in soups, salads and stir-fry dishes. This tubular Italian pasta used to be made by wrapping pasta dough around knitting needles. Today macaroni is typically machine-made dry commercial pasta.  Technically macaroni  must not contain eggs.

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

In the United States and Canada, the name macaroni is customarily given to a specific shape of pasta: small pasta tubes cut into short pieces.

Elbow macaroni is curved, and is traditionally used to make macaroni and cheese.

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