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4 Mighty Meatball Facts!

Ahh the meatball, one of the most delectable entrees at Pasta Pantry. Made daily using on the best Alberta grass fed beef and pork available, we’re glad that many of our friends in the Edmonton and Sherwood Park area enjoy them as much as we do. In order to teach you more about these meaty, gluten free foods, we’re sharing 4 of our favourite meatball facts with you today!

1. Meatballs—Not Limited to Just Italy!

The Italian word for meatball is polpette. Although many countries around the world have their own take, like the Vietnamese and banh mi or the  Middle East and kofta,) on these small but flavourful delights, Italian meatballs are in a league of their own. They’re often made using Italian staples like parsley and our favourite ingredient, garlic! In most regions in Italy, polpette are usually fried and enjoyed as a snack.

ADD-MEATBALLS-TO-PASTA (3)2. IKEA: A Furniture & Meatball Empire

Have you ever had a Swedish meatball at IKEA? The furniture company began selling food more than 30 years ago when founder Ingvar Kamprad became afraid that shoppers were feeling hungry during their long trips to IKEA. The result? In 2011, the Wall Street Journal reported that IKEA’s Food division earns $2 billion in annual revenue. That same year, the company sold a staggering 150 million meatballs!


3. The Largest Meatball of all Time!

According to The Guinness Book of World Records, the largest meatball ever weighs in at a whopping 1,100 pounds, almost 5 times heavier than the previous record holder! The meatball was made by the Columbus Italian Club in Columbus, Ohio back in 2011 and took three days to cook! To make the meatball, the club used a rounded vessel housed in a handcrafted oven made of stainless steal, faux bricks, stucco, and a viewing window.



4.  How We Make Our Meatballs!

You’ve probably had other meatballs in the past, but once you try one from Pasta Pantry, we’re pretty sure you’ll be coming back for more. Our meatballs, made with 3 parts beef and 1 part pork for a one-of-a-kind, tasty entree. For more information on how we make our meatballs, make sure you read out this post!

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Are these meatball facts making your stomach rumble? If so, come to Pasta Pantry today! Our fresh, homemade meatballs can be paired with any item on the menu and we encourage you personalize your plate by creating unique flavour combinations. Top your meal with a giant meatball for $1.99 or grab a trio of meatballs for only $5! To stay up to date with the latest and greatest news at Pasta Pantry, make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter. That’s where we share our blogs and even more mouthwatering food pictures!