Lasagne has its origins in Ancient Rome. Romans knew the dish as lasana or lasanum (Latin for ‘container’, ‘pot’), which, whilst similar, differed considerably from the modern version. This earlier incarnation was first detailed within a collection of Roman cookery recipes entitled De Re Coquinaria by a gentleman named Apicius, believed to be one of the oldest existing recipes in the Western world. And whilst our lasagne differs from Apicius’ early version, it is entirely Roman in inspiration. This is particularly true because of our inclusion of duck, which was more commonly consumed throughout the Roman Republic than butchers’ meats like beef. Indeed, Caesar was known to have given a public feast to 260,000 humiliores upon his triumph, a ceremony to honour his military prowess. The feast notably included duck, but there was no beef.
In this week’s Roman lasagne, we therefore top our lasagne sheets with an aromatic, slow-cooked duck ragù. We’ve also included some of the finest Italian olives, specifically Taggiasche olives, originating from the northern town of Taggia in the north-western region of Liguria. The sweet and fruity presence of the olives matches wonderfully with the tender meat and offers a celebration of what was a highly-esteemed ingredient in Roman times.
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Allergens in BOLD & CAPITALISED:
Besciamella Sauce (MILK, WHEAT Flour, Butter (MILK), Salt, Pepper) Duck Ragù (Tomato, Duck Legs (30%), Water, Cherry Tomatoes, Onion, Carrot, Taggiasche Olives (2%), White Wine (SULPHITES), Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic, Black Pepper, Rosemary, Chicken Stock (contains CELERY Seeds), Salt, Sugar, Bay Leaf) Lasagne (WHEAT Flour, EGG, Durum WHEAT Flour, Salt)
MILK, Salt, Rennet (Microbial Coagulant), EGG Lysozyme
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Calories per serving: 779kcal
Following nutritional information is per 100g:
- Energy 1153kJ
- Calories 277kcal
- Fat 13.8g
- Of which saturates 6.5g
- Carbohydrates 24.6g
- Of which sugars 1.6g
- Protein 12.4g
- Salt 0.8g