From spaghetti bolognaise and penne carbonara to meat lasagne and fettuccine Alfredo, pasta has become a firm favourite in the UK.
However, while many of us will grab a bag of the stuff, don our cotton apron and rustle up a quick meal after a long day at work, it seems that a number of young people don't find cooking a pasta dish quite so easy.
According to new research from Mintel, nearly a quarter (22 per cent) of 16 to 24-year-olds struggle to cook pasta to the correct texture, while nearly two-fifths (37 per cent) of those in this age group have the same problem with rice.
"Britain’s more mature generations appear to be the most confident in the kitchen, suggesting our growing reliance on quick-fix foods is to the detriment of basic cooking skills," said Alex Beckett, a senior food analyst at Mintel.
"Television networks are crammed with cookery shows but their main aim is to entertain rather than educate."
However, while young adults may not be a whizz in the kitchen when it comes to their fusilli and tagliatelle, it seems that pasta is here to stay as one of nation's staple foods.
The poll revealed that nearly a third (30 per cent) of Brits eat pasta in some form between two and three times a week, and this figure rises to 38 per cent for the 16 to 24 age group.
And as purse strings have tightened following the recession, pasta has become even more popular as an affordable meal solution, with sales of the foodstuff showing a 49 per cent growth between 2006 and 2011.
However, young adults keen to keep a handle on their finances may want to brush up on their cooking skills, as dry ingredients are often cheaper (not to mention tastier) than their chilled counterparts.
Alex adds: "Knowing the basics of cooking from scratch rather than tearing open a pre-prepared packet could help young people improve their health as well as their bank balance."