Whether it’s a succulent pot roast, cheesy casserole, or warming, savory stew, we love Sunday supper. It’s a dinner party without the formality, where family and friends gather for easy conversation and good food – lots of it!
You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t love this week’s comfort dish, lasagna. This cheesy, layered pasta bake is one of the oldest known pasta dishes, originating in Northern Italy sometime during the 13th century.
We often associate lasagna in the United States with tomato sauce and ricotta cheese, but traditional Italian lasagna is made differently. Besides the pasta, it consists of béchamel, a rich and creamy sauce made with butter, flour, and milk; ragu, a savory ground meat sauce; and Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses.
Tomatoes, absent from the Italian version of lasagna, have not always been the well-loved, staple ingredient we know them as. European explorers brought tomatoes back from the Americas in the 16th century, but most people refused to eat them because they resembled the berries of the deadly nightshade plant. Italians did not typically cook with tomatoes until the creation of Margherita pizza in Naples at the end of the 19th century.
Today, lasagna takes many forms, and whether it’s Mexican-inspired or chock full of veggies, we can’t get enough of it. Below, we’ve picked out our best lasagna recipes for you and your family to enjoy. Buon appetito!