You may be heading to your favorite Italian restaurant or making a pan of this delicious dish in your oven at home. Either way is a great way to celebrate National Lasagna Day, which is recognized each year on July 29.
Lasagna, a wide flat pasta, is possibly one of the oldest kinds of pasta. There is also a dish made with this type of pasta in several layers interspersed with layers of various ingredients and sauces.
- The origin of lasagna is debated with varying theories.
- Lasagna was featured in a 14th century England cookbook.
- Cartoon character Garfield’s favorite food is lasagna.
- Lasagne originated in Italy, in the region of Emilia-Romagna.
- Traditionally, the dough was prepared in Southern Italy with semolina and water and in the northern regions, where semolina was not available, with flour and eggs.
- Originally, in Italy, the word “lasagna” did not refer to a food (in fact, today, the food is still spelled “lasagne” as the plural form). The word “lasagna” referred to the pot in which the food was cooked. It is thought that the word “lasagna” for the pot is derived from the Greek word for “chamber pot.
- The earliest lasagna recipes known are dated from the thirteenth century. At that time, tomatoes were not known to Europeans. This means that they couldn’t have used them in the recipes. However, depending on the recipe, different cheeses are used.
- Boiling noodles used to be a requirement for making lasagna. No-boil noodles now exist. These are great as they soften in the oven, but it is absolutely necessary to make sure that there is a great quantity of sauce so the noodles get wet and cook while they are in the oven.
- You can make lasagna in the dish washer. All you have to do is put the ingredients together in a dish (either boils noodles or use the no boil noodles), cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil, then use the heated dry and sanitize cycle on your dishwasher to cook the lasagna.
- Weird Al Yankovic recorded a song called “Lasagna” that is a parody of “La Bamba”.
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