NATIONAL LASAGNA DAY
The best way to join in National Lasagna Day on July 29th is to bake up a pan of the Italian pasta dish. Another way to celebrate is by getting a table at your favorite Italian restaurant.
Due to lasagna’s broad noodles, the pasta lends itself to layering. A variety of ingredients such as cheeses, meats, vegetables, and sauces create a delicious blend of savory baked layers. For individual servings, roll similar elements into the pasta noodles.
Since lasagna is one of the oldest kinds of pasta, cooks have developed quite a selection of recipes. From vegan to seafood and dessert, lasagna fills recipe books around the world. Even the sauces come in a wide variety.
Unsurprisingly, many families create unique recipes that are passed down from generation to generation. Sometimes the sauce makes the lasagna special, too. Other families make their sausage from scratch. Fresh-picked tomatoes, onions, and herbs are often a cook’s secret. Others will claim the best lasagna makers use a specific kind and number of cheeses.
Overall, most lasagna recipes call for mozzarella, parmesan, and ricotta. However, lasagna is not limited to those three kinds of cheese. Italian seasonings such as garlic, basil, and oregano bring that delicious flavor, too.
- The origin of lasagna is debated with varying theories.
- Initially, the word lasagna referred to the pot in which the dish was cooked rather than the food.
- A 14th-century English cookbook featured a recipe for lasagna.
- Even cartoon characters enjoy the dish. Garfield, the cat, declares his love for lasagna in the cartoon strip with his name.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLasagnaDay
Have a lasagna cookoff. Invite friends and family over for an evening of lasagna tasting. While everyone tastes and compares, enjoy a bottle of wine and laughter. Meanwhile, tell stories of your first attempt to make lasagna – everyone has one. And, don’t forget to get the children involved in baking, too! Lasagna is a family-friendly baking experience. They can mix ingredients and add layers before the cooking begins. It’s an excellent way to #CelebrateEveryDay!
Try one of these recipes:
- Vegetarian Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna
- Seafood Lasagna
- White Cheese Chicken Lasagna
- Portobello Mushroom Lasagne
- Worlds Best Lasagna
Post on social media using #NationalLasagnaDay and share your celebration.
NATIONAL LASAGNA DAY HISTORY
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July 29th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 creating National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Allen & Unwin publish J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy novel, The Lord of the Rings.
Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer wed.
July 29th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Benito Mussolini – 1883
In 1925, Mussolini became the fascist dictator of Italy. He would support Adolf Hitler, joining the Axis Powers of Germany and Japan during World War II.
Diana Vreeland – 1903
During her career, the French-American fashion columnist and editor earned the nickname “Empress of Fashion” for her contributions to fashion. She wrote for Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. In 1963, she was named Vogue’s editor in chief, a position she held until 1971.
Wil Wheaton – 1972
The American actor is known for his roles in the film Stand By Me, the television show Star Trek: The Next Generation and as himself in The Big Bang Theory.