photo of traditional lasagne

Traditional lasagne made with bolognese sauce

The word ‘lasagna’ is originally from the Greek word for ‘chamber pot’. The Romans then borrowed the word applying it as ‘cooking pot’. Perhaps you had to be there to get the joke. Later, the Italians adapted the word to mean a particular dish cooked in such a pot, and that is what we now know as lasagne.

It consists of flat sheets of pasta layered with b├ęchamel sauce, a meat and tomato sauce, and topped with Parmesan cheese.

Lasagne verdi, or green lasagne, is lasagne sheets flavoured and coloured with spinach.


Try Theo Randall’s lasagne recipe

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