Lasagna: Between The Sheets Lies A Ton Of History
- Jasmine Kaur
Updated : July 01, 2022 09:07 IST
When I think of pasta, the first thing that strikes me is “Akhir Pasta on London Raasta” from the comedy drama Housefull. And it also reflects on the hilarious ways we pronounce words like penne, fettucine and lasagna (the most dreaded of all).
Every corner of the world has left a trace of themselves in every other country. Either they have been colonised or were the colonisers, or their culture has travelled all the way with immigrants and globalisation. Lasagna seems to be quite an avid traveller, so much so that its origins have not one, but many tales to tell.
Several theories and references are given, countries make claims too. From the Greeks to ancient Romans, several have been associated with the origins and invention of lasagna. Dating back to B.C. ancient Greece, laganon was quite similar to present-day lasagna. The dough was cut out into flat sheets of pasta and the thin strips were used to prepare dish with sauces.
It was essentially brought to Naples when the Greece entered Italy in the 2nd century B.C. After undergoing several Roman influences, the lasagna acquired its present shape and form and thus, Naples has often been credited with the evolution of the pasta variation.
One thing that has bugged most to this date, is whether is hard-to-pronounce word is spelled lasagna or lasagne. We’ll tell you today. After some research, it can be iterated that lasagne is the original Italian way of spelling the word since they tend to add an e to a feminine noun that’s also plural. However, with the influences from left, right and centre, in terms of the preparation and taste, the Americans adapted the name to suit themselves. They started calling it lasagna.
What’s in the name, right? Well, cultural variations in taste and style of cooking definitely make a difference. The history of lasagna is quite layered, isn’t it? If you’re craving lasagna now, we’ve got tonnes of interesting recipes from around the world right here.