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Pasta Company Creates Lasagna Masterpiece

September 18, 1991

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) _ How does a pasta company get ready for an assault on the world record for the largest lasagna?

It prepares a much smaller one - 13 feet long, 7 feet wide and with enough cottage cheese to please Garfield, the pasta-devouring cartoon cat.

Workers at Shade Pasta Inc. in Fremont, 30 miles west of Omaha, spent two hours and 45 minutes putting together their experimental pan of lasagna Monday.

It contained 120 pounds of ground beef, 100 pounds of cottage cheese, 72 pounds of mozzarella and 14 pounds of Parmesan cheese. It also had 32 sheets of precooked lasagna and more than 360 pounds of pasta sauce.

The company aims to make the largest-ever lasagna on Oct. 26. Cornell University students in Ithaca, N.Y., will prepare one measuring 7 1/2 feet by 63 1/2 feet that could feed 5,000 people, said Barbara Berry, the company’s director of special projects.

A 5-foot by 50-foot pan of lasagna made in Dublin, Ireland, in May is listed in the Guinness Book of Records.

Tammy Bennett compared sprinkling the precooked hamburger to a farmer tossing feed to his chickens. She and other workers later plunged their hands into cold plastic tubs of cottage cheese and scattered it in the pan.

Wearing bright red shirts that read ″No Toil ... With No Boil,″ a handful of employees spread thick tomato sauce across the pan, then added 67-by-40- inch sheets of precooked noodles.

It took 18 layers of meat, cheese, noodles and sauce before the lasagna was finished on an outdoor grill. Workers then had to battle a stiff wind as they placed heavy-duty aluminum foil over the top of the pan and barbecued the lasagna.

More than 20 employees took home 9-by-13-inch, double-layer pans of pasta. Four other pans went to the needy.

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