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Lasagna


  1. The etymology of the word lasagna is amusing.  It starts with the Greek lasanon which means 'chamber pot'!  The Romans borrow it as lasanum to humorously refer to a 'cooking pot'.  Later, the Italian word lasagne (plural of lasagna) came to refer to a dish cooked in such a pot - flat sheets of pasta layered with minced meat and tomatoes topped with grated cheese.  Soon, the word lasagna was applied to the pasta itself.


  1. Many lasagna recipes can be made without pre-cooking the noodles. The moisture and heat from the other ingredients will cook the noodles as the dish bakes. Cover and bake for 45 minutes, then remove the cover for another 20 minutes to let the sauce thicken.


  1. Use a non-reactive glass or ceramic dish for baking to avoid a reaction with the acidic tomato sauce.


  1. You can assemble your lasagna ahead of time and store uncooked in the fridge overnight, or you can freeze it to cook later.


  1. You can make lasagna in your dishwasher. (use aluminum foil and heated dry and sanitize cycle)


  1. Garfield the Cat’s favorite dish


  1. Lasagna is a dish made of alternating layers of pasta, cheese, sauce, and meat and/or vegetables.


  1. Lasagna is believed to have originated in Italy.


  1. Lasagna is made with either flat noodles or rippled noodles. Rippled noodles are common in southern Italy but rarely used in Northern Italy. Rippled noodles are also popular in the United States.


  1. The Forme of Cury, a 14th century cookbook that was the first to be published in England, featured lasagna.


  1. Weird Al Yankovic did a parody of the song "La Bamba" entitled "Lasagna" on his album, Even Worse.


  1. Lasagna is the favorite food of the cartoon character Garfield.


  1. In the Seinfeld episode, "The Butter Shave," Elaine gives the nickname "Vegetable Lasagna" to the passenger next to her on a plane.



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