Hairy Bikers. The popular British gourmet duo bikers Simon King and Dave Myers embarked on a weight-loss campaign as the ‘Hairy Dieters’. One of their last ideas was the ‘Skinny Beef Lasagna’ layered with blanched leeks.
Italian-Americans. For Italian-Americans lasagna is a big reference to tradition. The most common one is ‘baked ziti’, tube-shaped pasta dressed with tomatoes, cheese and different ingredients such as meat, onions and peppers.
Jim Davis. The creator of Garfield, the cat that loved lasagna. Davis was also a big lasagna eater!
King Ranch Chicken. These are the Texan Lasagna, a tex-mex dish with tortillas, sauce, and grated cheese. There are different recipes for the sauce, but it’s usually canned tomatoes with green chili, cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup and chicken.
Layers. The number of layers varies, but the perfect number is five.
Mamma. Lasagna is an iconic family dish, traditional family recipes are handed down from one generation to another, and only your “mamma” knows how to make perfect lasagna. This is true also outside of Italy.
Navy. Lasagna was a great ration food in the navy: the Republic of Genoa already used it on ships in the 12th century.
Oven-baked. When we say lasagna we actually mean baked lasagna. You have to boil the dough and then bake it; the sauce can be added later on the plate.
Quick. There are no-boil versions you can buy, but they don’t guarantee great quality.
Ragù. It’s the meat sauce that together with béchamel and Parmesan cheese is the key ingredient of lasagna Bolognese. The sauce must be bright red, half beef and half pork meat.
Square. Lasagna can have a square shape, but the most common one is rectangular. Same dough, different shapes. Something that gives origin to different fresh regional pasta types, such as the “pappardelle” in Tuscany.
Truffle. It’s the main ingredient of luxury lasagna: it’s called the “all’albese”, béchamel, cheese and lots of white truffle. Sometimes you can add a light white meat sauce or mushrooms.
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