What is lasagna?
The ultimate comfort food, lasagna is a quintessential casserole dish that delivers a satisfying flavor with layers of mouth-watering ingredients. Made with sheets of lasagna pasta noodles, this iconic Italian dish showcases a range of classic ingredients like tomato paste, melty cheese, ground beef, and a bevy of vegetables.
How is lasagna made?
Traditional lasagna pasta dough is prepared using a time-honored recipe from Southern Italy. A combination of durum wheat and water is rolled out and cut into wide pasta sheets. For the filling, every region in Italy has its own version of this classic dish. Traditional Neapolitan lasagna is layered with a ragu meat sauce along with ricotta and mozzarella cheeses, local sausage, and small fried meatballs. The standard recipe in the Emilia-Romagna region calls for a thicker Ragu and a béchamel sauce to balance the acidity of the tomato paste. Whatever the region, all types of lasagna are oven baked (al forno) as a casserole dish and can include various combinations Italian cheeses, tomato sauce, and vegetables such as spinach, zucchini, olives, and mushrooms.
The Best Lasagna Noodles to Buy
At Supermarket Italy, we offer a selection of premium lasagna noodles. Both De Cecco and La Fabbrica Della Pasta brands feature a special cut of dried pasta noodles with wavy, decorative sides. Another option for traditional lasagna noodles is the Gentile brand, which has been crafting artisanal pasta since 1876. Today, the iconic Italian company continues to produce lasagna pasta sheets using traditional techniques and select semolina varieties. For those with gluten sensitivities or Celiac disease, we also feature gluten-free lasagna noodles by Le Veneziane, whose wheat-free and eggless varieties are made with kosher-certified corn.