Welcome to 2011! May you have the Peace and Prosperity that we all deserve in this coming year.
Since Lasagna is our crowning dish here at http://lasagnaandmorebymail.com/, I thought I'd give you a little back ground on the origin of Lasagna. According to Wikipedia:
Lasagna, (lasagne...plural) is a Italian pasta casserole dish, consisting of layers of pasta, sauce, and various other ingredients. Originally the word lasagna referred to a 'cooking pot'...but now it describes the dish itself. There are two theories as to the origin of lasagna, both are Greek. The main theory is that lasagna comes from the Greek word 'laganon'...a flat pasta cut into strips. lagana is still a flat unleavened bread in Greece. The other theory takes the Greek word 'lasana' or 'lasanon' which means 'trivet or stand for a pot'. The Romans borrow the word...now Latin, 'lasanum' which refers to the dish that the casserole is cooked in.
A recipe for Lasagna was publish in the first cook book ever printed in the United Kingdom, leading to the urban legend that Lasagna is a British dish. With all due respect, I've eaten British food....and I highly doubt that Lasagna is original to English Cuisine.
The best way to test the theories of the origin of Lasagna is to get over to LasganaAndMoreByMail.com, order our Two Meats, Four Cheese, and/or Vegetable Lasagna. We'll have it delivered to your doorstep and the rest of the testing is up to you.
Hope to hear from you soon. Happy New Year!