”You know, there’s a million fine looking women in the world, dude, but they don’t all bring you lasagna at work. Most of ’em just cheat on you.”Kevin Smith
If you grew up with Garfield, you grew up with a strong appreciation for the glories of a fine lasagna. There’s even a term ‘Garfield Mondays’, which primarily involve a lot of eating Lasagna and camping out in bed in utter slovenliness. Don’t tell us that isn’t a great thing. Lasagna Day reminds us of the wonder and glory of the fine dish that is lasagna, and that we should imbibe it regularly.
History of Lasangna Day
So here’s your first fun fact for Lasagna Day, Lasagna refers to the wide, flat, long noodles that are commonly used to make a dish of lasagna. However, the term for multiple lasagna noodles is lasagne, so perhaps the dish should actually be called Lasagne! Whatever the spelling, this delicious dish was first created in Italy, with the credit usually being given to the city of Naples, otherwise known as Campania. It was there that the book Liber de Coquina was found, and within it the recipe for Lasagna from the Middle Ages.
Interestingly there are actually two types of lasagna noodles, though only one is available for commercial sale due to regulations. However, it wasn’t uncommon in Northern Italy to produce lasagna noodles from flour and eggs, rather than the more common (and commercially salable) durum wheat noodles. We know that the history of the lasagna goes back further than this, however. There was a dish in Ancient Rome that was very similar called a lasanum, though it’s possible that it goes back even further into Ancient Greece.
How to celebrate Lasangna Day
Celebrating Lasagna Day is both easy and delicious, consume mass quantities of lasagna! There are hundreds of varieties of lasagna available in the frozen food section of your local grocery store, with variants from chicken lasagna to vegetarian lasagna. If you’re feeling truly adventurous, or come from a family with a long tradition of home-made lasagna, it may just be time to make that recipe you’ve been avoiding for so many years. Lasagna is a delicious and traditional dish, and is easy to make in large quantities. The blend of ricotta, mozzarella, parmigiana-reggiano, and béchamel really brings a complex but enjoyable blend of textures and flavors of cheeses to the menu. So on Lasagna Day, remember to not settle for anything less for dinner!