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Lasagna History Facts; How Did Classic Lasagna Come to East Village, New York, NY?

It might surprise you to learn that lasagna didn’t originate in Italy. Italy claims it was them, but they should only be credited for perfecting the layers and layers of the scrumptious dish that we call lasagna. It actually originated in Ancient Greece a very long time ago. Lasagna, or “Lasagne” is derived from the Greek word ‘Laganon’ which is the first known form of pasta. Laganon wasn’t traditionally lasagna like we know it. It used to be layers of pasta and sauce. Therefore, the name came from the method it was made, not for the ingredients it’s made with. Laganon used to describe flat dough that was sliced in strips. In Northern Italy, you’ll find lasagna with flat noodles and in southern Italy the noodles will be rippled. Here in the United States we use the rippled noodles. The ingredients Italians use in their lasagna will depend on the part of Italy their family came from. Researchers in Britain found a cookbook that had a lasagna recipe from the 1390’s and claim they are the ones that invented the first lasagna. No matter where it came from; thank you!

How to Make Classic Lasagna

Lasagna has become one of the crowning glories of the American-Italian dinner table with many layers of pasta, sauce, meat and melted cheese that come together to give your mouth an explosion of flavors. Lasagna is comfort food and it’s always good when prepared correctly. Lasagna preparation is not easy. Traditional lasagna is a carefully planned assembly. There are some common mistakes made when making lasagna that can ruin it. Make sure you don’t overcook the noodles and lay them flat on a greased cookie sheet to prevent clumping. Make sure you use a béchamel sauce and make sauce the first layer. Use lots of layers and cover it halfway through the cooking time so it won’t get dry. Brown the top a little with the broiler if needed. There are lots of ways to change traditional lasagna up. You can add spinach, roasted red peppers, onions, pesto, ricotta, mushrooms, zucchini and you can use chicken, pork and ground beef. Boiling noodles isn’t even required today with no-boil noodles available. They work by getting soft as the lasagna bakes but there needs to be a lot of sauce so the noodles get wet and cook. Did you know you can make lasagna noodles in the dishwasher? All you need to do is put the noodles in a dish and cover it tightly with aluminum foil and use the heated dry and sanitize cycle to cook the lasagna!

Authentic Italian Restaurant in East Village, New York, NY

You can save yourself a lot of time and effort and you don’t have to go to Italy to enjoy delicious lasagna. July 29th is National Lasagna Day, so head over to Tableside Italian Cook Shoppe. Our Italian Mothers Love Lasagna is a traditional meat lasagna with béchamel sauce and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. You can dine in, call or order online for takeout or delivery for the best lasagna you’ve ever had!