, also lasagna
, is both a form of pasta
in rippled sheets and also a dish, sometimes named Lasagne al forno
(meaning "Lasagne in the oven") made with alternate layers of lasagne pasta, cheese
, and ragu (a tomato
and meat sauce
). It originated in Italy
Many recipes call for several kinds of cheese, most often ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan.
A variant is Lasagne verdi (green lasagne) which is the normal egg pasta with spinach added.
Lasagne was first recorded in the 13th century when it was used in a layered dish. This was not modern lasagne as tomatoes had not yet been discovered by Europeans.
Lasagne is the favorite dish of the fictional cat Garfield.
- We shall feast our grape-gleaners with lasagne so tempting to swallow in slippery ropes.
- - Robert Browning, poem, "Englishman in Italy"