If pizza is hugely popular all around the world, another dish called lasagna - which is obviously a little less popular - is highly competitive to its taste though. Some would argue that it beats it up sometimes.
Lasagna is same gastronomic constructor as pasta. There is no Italian mistress who would not know tens of kinds of this Italian pie, among which a tomato meat Bolognese stew is perhaps the simplest and the most popular.
Where does lasagna come from?
Even though Lasagna is now a classic and typically Italian dish, the word itself may have originated from Greece. The Greek having a similar word designating a saucepan for cooking. The Greek also have a similar word, lagana, which is still used today to refer to a flat thin type of unleavened bread.
The Romans would have borrowed the word, and the Italians later naming the dish today known as lasagna. The Lasagna dish surely originated in Italy though, during the Middle Ages. Its invention has traditionally been attributed to the city of Naples in the Southern Campania region.
Is it lasagna or lasagne?
The word Lasagna, in English, came from Italian of course.
In that language, lasagna is the singular for, while lasagne is plural. Because the dish in most-generally cooked with more than one sheet of lasagna, the Italians would normally call a lasagna dish "lasagne". Lasagna broadly designates the type of pasta (thin sheets of pasta dough) used to cook a dish of lasagne.
Somewhat like "spaghetti". Who would ever cook one single spaghetto stick of pasta?
Similarly, and supposedly, in the Italian way, if you’re ordering or cooking more than one pizza, you should actually refer to them as "pizze".
But this rule doesn’t apply to the English language, so you can interchangeably use either words lasagna or lasagna, unless you’re a purist and you want to respect the proper Italian way of saying it!
Lasagna in Brief
The main thing here is to get flat sheets of lasagna pasta dough, which do not require to be boiled in advance, the rest is a 7 minutes long thing in the stove and 20 minutes long in the oven.
It can be stuffed with Bolognese sauce and sour-cream, with a sausage stuffing and ham, classic, handmade, with meat, bacon and vegetables in sauce, or in a Bolognese way, with beef in béchamel sauce, Greek, chicken…
As you can see, every gourmet or an amateur will find something to one's liking.
But let’s look at the important part...
Which Wine to Serve with Lasagna?
Having something to eat, take something to drink that has proven to be the best beverage pairing with Lasagna for many centuries: wine.
There is a huge variety of wines nowadays but which one to go best with lasagna? It is very important to know how to combine food with drinks because making the right choice will make it to where you will enjoy what you have even more. There is a whole culture based on a right combination.
Even if there is some meat in such dishes as Italian pasta, lasagna and different kinds of baked pudding, there is no need to opt for red wine.
What white wine goes well with lasagna?
Due to cooking method and softest cream sauces, which are used oftentimes while cooking these dishes, you may pretty much remain within a framework of easier gustatory conception supported by white wine.
Light white wine if it is a vegetarian lasagna: Cortese and Pinot Grigio from northern provinces.
Suggested White Wines to Pair with Lasagna:
Collio DOC Pinot Grigio 2015 from La Castellada;
Collio DOC Ribolla Gialla 2015 from La Castellada.
What is a good dry red wine for Lasagna?
If it is a meat lasagna, then it is red wine to go with it: Barbera and Dolcetto from Piedmont, Raboso from Veneto, or Refosco from Friuli for example.
If there is an eggplant in the recipe, it is better to take red wine, southern, bitterish, for example, Aglianico del Vulture.
Etna Rosso goes well with lasagna, it is light with a balanced soft taste. It has a pleasant aroma of red berries with notes of cherry and spices dominating. It fits perfectly with meat dishes, duck, paste and dishes of Italian cuisine. It should come as no surprise that the best choice is Italian wine or some good Sangiovese.
Suggested Red Wines to Pair with Lasagna:
Barbera d'Alba DOC Superiore “La Preda” 2017 from Barale Fratelli;
Etna Rosso DOC 2017 from Cantina Malopasso.
Good Sparking Wines & Lasagna Matches?
If you’re looking for a sparkling wine to pair with your lasagna dish, a dry Prosecco sparkling wine will have to be your combination of choice. The most popular Italian type of bubbly, featuring vibrant flavors and a crisp acidity to cut through the richness of the dish.
Here is our favorite:
Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG brut "Matiù" 2020 from L'Antica Quercia.
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