Lasagna Larga Doppia is a special type of lasagna that is very wide with a wavy edge on both sides.
It is said to be originally from southern Italy in general and from the Campania region in particular.
When cooked, a slight difference in consistency in the smooth and the wavy part is a distinctive feature of this type of pasta, just as it is for all those with wavy edges The wavy part is also perfect for retaining more sauce.
Lasagna is one of the oldest forms of pasta recorded. It probably corresponds to the Latin "Lagana" (which in turn was derived from the Greek "laganon": large, flat sheet of pasta cut into strips) and it began to be known as "Lasagna" probably after the year 1000 AD. The first traces of the widespread use of the term "Lasagna" can be found in the works of the most renowned 12th century Italian poets. "Granel di pepe vince / per virtù la lasagna", (a peppercorn beats lasagna for virtue) states Jacopone da Todi. Cecco Angiolieri,on the other hand, warns his readers, "chi de l'altrui farina fa lasagne / il su' castello non ha ne muro ne fosso" (He who makes lasagna with another's flour / his castle will have no walls or moat).
This type of pasta is recommended with Neapolitan ragù, as well as with ricotta, meat and game sauces. The recommended method to prepare Lasagna is to showcase it in oven-baked dishes (pasticci al forno) with sauces and béchamel, which are so well-loved in Italy that they are called after the pasta itself.
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Mezzi Ditali Rigati (ridged half thimbles) are a smaller variation of the classic Ditali Rigati and are part of the very short, straight cut pasta family from the Campania region.
The shape of this pasta is inspired by the sewing thimble, but is open at the top as well. The chunky shape and ridges of Mezzi Ditali Rigati makes it very versatile for pasta dishes with tomato or in soups and vegetable broths.
Mezzi Ditali Rigati are especially suited to preparing pasta dishes with a variety of sauces ranging from meat to fish and from vegetables to pulses. The secret of a perfect recipe is that the sauces have a sufficiently liquid consistency so they penetrate inside the pasta.
This pasta is also just as good for preparing broths and soups with vegetables or pulses.
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