A layered casserole full of your favorite ingredients? Lasagna is an incredibly versatile dish that everyone should have in their home-cooking culinary repertoire. Though the entire casserole is called lasagna, that name actually points to the noodle itself. It is a wide, flat, thin noodle and is possibly one of the oldest from ancient Italy, dating back as early as the 13th century. To make things even more complicated, the word “lasagna” actually used to refer to the pot in which it was cooked and derives from the Greek word for “chamber pot,” (lasanon).
The first recipe book to feature a modern lasagna recipe, believed to have been written by an Italian and named the Liber de Coquina, ‘the book of cookery’, was published in the 1300s. A typical lasagna recipe will call for meaty tomato sauce and multiple cheeses. It isn’t known as one of the healthiest foods available, but there are plenty of ways to make it more nutritious. There are many alternative lasagna noodles on the market made from whole grains or vegetables. Get creative and put your own spin on it!