“Lasagna: the world’s most perfect food!”
~Garfield (Jim Davis)
Commemorated on July 29th, National Lasagna Day is the perfect time to celebrate one of the world’s favorite dishes, prepared by layering pasta, filling, and sauce.
Even though lasagna is cooked around the globe, it is nevertheless considered Italian. More specifically, many people point to the region of Emilia Romagna as the place with the world’s best lasagna.
Traditionally made with beef, it can just as easily be made with plant-based ingredients like spinach, zucchini, eggplant and sweet potato.
We will show you how to create the perfect, plant-based lasagna in a minute, but first, let’s find out about the history and origin of lasagna.
Where Does Lasagna Come From?
The origin of lasagna is hotly debated.
Some say that the dish was originally from ancient Greece where it was called lasagnon or ‘chamber pot.’ Others argue that it came from ancient Rome where the word lasanon or lasanum meant ‘cooking pots.’
One of the most popular accounts is that lasagna was first created in Naples, Italy.
People point to Naples because that is where the first lasagna recipe appeared in one of the oldest medieval cookbooks called the Liber de Coquina (or the Book of Cooking).
This first recipe bears little resemblance to the lasagna we know today. It was made with fermented dough that was flattened into a thin sheet, boiled, sprinkled with cheese and spices, then eaten with a small pointed stick.
How to Celebrate National Lasagna Day
Here are some fun facts to help you celebrate National Lasagna Day:
- Lasagna is the favorite food of a cartoon character named Garfield.
- Jim Davis, the creator of Garfield, was also a big lasagna eater.
- A lasagna with slices of eggplant instead of pasta is known as Moussaka.
- Korefe and Gerstenberg Publishing made a special edition edible cookbook where a lasagna recipe is printed on the pasta pages.
- Lasagne refers to multiple sheets of pasta while the term lasagna refers to the baked dish or to an individual pasta sheet.
To enjoy National Lasagna Day, make lasagna!
Here are three tasty recipes already on our website: Grilled Garden Vegetable Lasagna With Puttanesca Sauce, Chef AJ’s Disappearing Lasagna, and Vegetable Lasagna Rolls.
But you should also try this NEW amazing, mouth-watering recipe for Sweet Potato Lasagna.
Your friends and family will love it and be begging for more!