July 29th: LASAGNA DAY!
In Italy, lasagna means family reunion. There are many different lasagna recipes, the traditional one being with ragù sauce. Make your lasagna with Agromonte's Organic Cherry Tomato Passata.
IT IS NEVER A BAD TIME FOR LASAGNA
While official ‘lasagna day’ may be at the end of July, there’s never a bad time to indulge in some pasta or lasagna. It seems funny that this winter staple has its official day in the middle of the hot summer months, however, if you know southern Italians, you know we even bring lasagna to the beach as a “light meal” to snack on between one swim and the next.
MANY VERSION OF THE SAME RECIPE
Lasagna can be made either with ragù sauce or vegetarian. In both cases, however, it is a symbol of family union. Lasagna represents home for many Italians, since it is one of the oldest dishes in our culinary tradition: even the ancient Romans made a similar dish. Today, there are so many lasagna recipes that virtually every region in Italy has its own. However, the most basic kind of lasagna includes tomato sauce, meat ragù, mozzarella, parmesan cheese, and, of course, pasta. The most traditional vegetarian version does not have tomato sauce, instead using béchamel sauce, zucchini, and eggplants as a filling. Some of the more unique recipes come from the Marche region, where pieces of chicken are mixed into the classic ragù and from Sardinia, where traditional, flat “pane caraway” is substituted in for the pasta.
MAKE IT AT HOME WITH AGROMONTE SAUCE
What is the best way to celebrate Lasagna Day? Of course, you can go to one of many superb Italian restaurants here in the United States. However, how better to celebrate Lasagna than by making your own? If you choose to make the traditional version, we recommend you use a simple tomato Passata to make the ragù. On our website you can find Agromonte’s Organic Cherry Tomato Passata, the freshly-squeezed juice of cherry tomatoes, one-of-a-kind in flavor and quality. The products in Agromonte’s Organic line are prepared according to traditional Sicilian recipes using organic raw materials.
- Donatella Mulvoni