The History of Taste: Lasagna’s Lurid Past


History of Lasagna


A classic comfort food and Garfield’s favorite meal, lasagna has a staying power and popularity that any pop star or politician would envy. The casserole-style dish is a hearty blend of flat pasta layered with cheese, sauce, and sometimes meat or vegetables. While it now resides in the hearts of millions, this seemingly standard Italian dish actually comes from a murky past.

Most historians trace the origins of the word ‘lasagna’ to ancient Greece. From there, disputes arise over the specific root word: either laganon, which refers to flat sheets of dough, or lasanon, which means chamber pot. Aside from potentially inspiring the beloved pasta dish’s name, laganon was definitely one of the earliest forms of pasta, meaning we should be thanking Greece for this Italian staple.

The modern recipe for lasagna is traditionally credited to Liber de Coquina, the book of cookery, which was created and published in Naples. But the plot thickens in 2007, when U.K’s The Daily Telegraph uncovered a recipe for lasagna in a medieval cookbook used by King Richard II’s chefs in 1390. The Italian Embassy in London immediately denied Britain’s claim to lasagna and the two countries are at a stalemate over the issue.

Despite ongoing diplomatic tension, you can still enjoy Roselli’s homemade take on this delicious, if disputed, pasta dish. We are pleased to offer different serving sizes of several varieties: meat and cheese lasagna, cheese lasagna, and vegetable lasagna with marinara or alfredo.

The Origin of Lasagna


Roselli’s Lasagna Ingredients

All of Roselli’s products are made from scratch using all natural ingredients, with no additives or preservatives.  Below are fresh lasagna ingredients laid out on the chopping block.

Meat Lasagna Ingredients Final

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