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The Oldest (Most Original) Lasagna Recipe

Updated on November 10, 2017
Anybody can make lasagna who follows this easy-to-follow recipe.
Anybody can make lasagna who follows this easy-to-follow recipe. | Source

Easy Lasagna Recipe

Lasagna Made Easy

Easy-To-Follow Recipe

How Lasagna Came To Be

Where did lasagna come from? Who created the first lasagna dish? First, let it be known that lasagna is one of the oldest Italian dishes, at least in the top five. "Lasagna is the “Italian pronunciation” of a wide, flat-shaped pasta."

The first ever recorded lasagna recipe comes from the Middle Ages. Lasagna is thought to come from the city of Naples (Campania, a region in southern Italy). It was recorded in the Liber de Coquina (aka "The Book of Cookery"). The Liber de Coquina comes from the 14th century and is one of the oldest medieval cookbooks that's actually held together by stitching. Two manuscripts are known to exist and are perfectly preserved and well taken care of at the Bibliothèque Nationale in the beautiful city of Paris, France.

Now, the original recipe calls for making the lasagna noodles from scratch. However, it's not so much of a noodle... it's more like a sheet. One huge lasagna sheet that fits perfectly in a casserole dish is what the original lasagna recipe calls for.

The original recipe also calls for Powder Fort (I explain what that is below). I recommend trying it if you're really interested in trying the authentic recipe. It's not everyday you get to try the oldest, most original, lasagna recipe...or can you?

From the Book of Cookery

Lasagna from the 14th Century
Lasagna from the 14th Century | Source

The Oldest (Most Original) Lasagna Recipe

Original Lasagna Ingredients

  • One pound of lasagna noodles.
  • One gallon of chicken broth.
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan Cheese.
  • 2 tsp. *Powder Fort.
  • 1 tsp. butter.

*What the hell is Powder Fort?

Here are the ingredients to make Powder Fort.
(I strongly suggest to alter according to taste and availability)

3 Tbsp. ginger
1 1/2 Tbsp. cinnamon.
1 tsp. cloves.
1 tsp. cubebs.
1 tsp. grains of paradise.
1 tsp. black pepper.

Replacing the Powder Fort

Instead of using Powder Fort, most people tend to use a thick meat sauce, similar (if not the same) to spaghetti sauce.

Personally, my lasagna and spaghetti sauce are a little similar. However, I use more tomato paste when it comes to making lasagna sauce.

Quick & Easy Meat Sauce for Lasagna

  1. Brown 1lb of ground beef; drain grease.
  2. On low heat, mix in two jars of any brand spaghetti sauce.
  3. Add and mix in two six ounce cans of tomato paste.
  4. Warm up and let sit for 30 minutes before use.


The Oldest (Most Original) Lasagna Recipe


  1. Bring 1 gallon of chicken broth to a boil (you may also use plain water).
  2. Safely and slowly place the lasagna noodles in boiling broth (or water) until desired taste and tenderness.
  3. If needed, start making the meat sauce now.
  4. After the lasagna noodles are at your desired taste and tenderness, spread them out over a large, dry towel and slightly sprinkle the noodles with Parmesan cheese. You may use olive oil also before sprinkling the Parmesan cheese.
  5. Butter the bottom of a large casserole dish and start spreading evenly one layer of the lasagna noodles.
  6. Cover generously with Parmesan cheese
    (you could continue to use Parmesan cheese as the original recipe calls for or try switching it up by using cottage cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, &c.).
  7. Carefully put another layer of lasagna noodles down evenly.
  8. You could spread the Powder Fort evenly as the original recipe calls for, or you could just use a generous amount of meat sauce.
  9. (Repeat step seven) Carefully put another layer of lasagna noodles down evenly.
  10. You could spread more Powder Fort evenly as the original recipe calls for, or you could use themeat sauce.
  11. Cover with Parmesan cheese (or another cheese of your choice).

Served with Garlic Bread

Did you know that garlic bread is served as a side dish in North America but is served as an entree in South America?

You must serve this lasagna...any lasagna, in fact, pretty much any Italian dish with a side of brochette bread or, at least garlic bread.

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