Lasagna is basically an Italian dish and it also originated from Italy attributed to the city of Naples during the Middle Ages. But here we will find the answer of who invented Lasagna comprehensively.

The name lasagna or lasagne is derived from a Greek word “laganon”; the first known form of pasta. Before Italy Lasagna originated in ancient Greece a very long time ago. Italy claims they first invented the lasagna sometime between 1544 &1692. Most likely in the region of Emilia-Romagna or Naples. But they should only be credited for perfecting the layers of appetizing dishes we call lasagna.


In fact, researchers in Britain found a Liber de Coquina; the cookery book with a lasagna recipe. That dates back to 1390`s staking their claim to first lasagna recipe. So to recap, the name can be traced back to ancient Greece, perfecting the layers to Italy and for the first recipe to Britain.

Lasagna History Facts | History of lasagna

To make things even more complicated each region considered lasagna their invention. And it is just because they change the style of lasagna and its true class. Here are some recipes which describe the modern day invention and evolving point of recipes.

1. Invention of Liguria:

In this invention lasagna was coated in thin lasagna sheets layered with fragrant pesto. This  lightly baked lasagna is the delicate pasta specialty of Liguria.

2. Invention of Marches region:

It’s the invention of other extremely famously rich pasta that includes chicken livers, cream, marsala wine, veal ragout, sweet breads and sometimes truffles and mozzarella.

3. Invention of American region:

As the popularity of lasagna spread, American cooks sought further ways to streamline and simplify. They found that meat was so cheap and easy to buy. Curly edge-dried lasagna noodles with hard boiled eggs, sausages, meatballs and meat sauce with enriched tomato sauce were included.

4. Invention of Napoli:

Lasagne Napoletana also called lasagna Di Carnival is different from the internationally recognized pasta known as lasagna al Forno which is from Emilia-Romagna. The Napoli version was invented as made of layered pasta and ragu, but also with layers of ricotta cheese, mozzarella, sausage and sometimes even half boiled eggs.


Over the years, there are so many traditional inventions and changes happen in the ingredients and forms of lasagna. But in short, whoever invented this delicious, mouth-watering and scrumptious dish it is considered as a great invention.

In conclusion, we can say that the name of this delicious dish is traced back to Greek, the first recipe belongs to Britain, and the modern day perfection and layers pattern is affiliated to Italy. So, the answer of who invented Lasagna is not a one day miracle but it evolves with time and with the development of civilizations.

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