Lasagne bolognese

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Lasagne bolognese

English name:

Lasagne Bolognese

Original name:

Lasagne alla bolognese

Origin:

Emilia-Romagna

Servings:

8

Preparation:

Resting time:

              10 mins

Cooking/baking time:

Total:

Lasagne Bolognese ingredients:

  • Bechamel sauce made of 1 quart (1 liter) of milk
  • Bolognese sauce made of 1 pound (500 g) of meat
  • 7 oz (200 g) Parmesan cheese
  • 12 oz (350 g) lasagna noodles

Neither cheap nor quick, but very delicious and worth the effort. This is the original lasagne bolognese recipe with lasagne noodles, original Bolognese sauce, Parmesan cheese and Béchamel.

A note on the ingredients:

  • For the Béchamel sauce, use 1 tbsp of flour to get thinner sauce, you will need the liquid to soften the lasagna noodles later on.
  • Make your own original bolognese sauce with 1/2 lb of pork and 1/2 lb of beef (250 g each), it will make approx. 2 lbs (1 kg) of sauce.
  • Original Parmesan cheese (Parmigiano Reggiano) will make it into the real thing. If you have to substitute it with something else, use Grana Padano or maybe Emmental. The stronger the taste the better.
  • When it comes to lasagne noodles, pick good quality Italian noodles with eggs, like Barilla. If you are brave enough and have a  pasta maker machine, you can prepare them yourself. Important! Do not cook the pasta before putting it into the pan! Moisture coming from the bolognese sauce and the béchamel will soften the noodles. Use thinner Béchamel.
  • This quantity will make four layers in a 13″ x 9″ (33*23cm) baking pan. For four layers, divide the meat into 5 portions (one goes under the bottom layer of the lasagna noodles), bechamel into 4 portions, and the cheese into 5 portions again (the top layer of cheese has to be doubled to get a nice brownish color).

Authentic Lasagne Bolognese Recipe

  1. Prepare the bolognese sauce. This will take 3 hours so you had better think ahead. You can make the sauce weeks before the lasagne, it freezes well. The cooking time indicated for this recipe doesn’t include the cooking time of the bolognese sauce and the bechamel.
  2. Homemade, Authentic Bolognese Sauce

    Homemade, authentic bolognese sauce, the right choice for your lasagne bolognese

  3. Prepare the bechamel sauce and grate the parmesan cheese.
  4. Béchamel sauce - white sauce

    Creamy Béchamel sauce

  5. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). To prepare your lasagne bolognese, first spread a little butter around the inside of an approx. 13×9-inch baking pan, then do the same with a little bolognese sauce.
  6. Assembling lasagne bolognese: the first layer is authentic bolognese sauce

    The first layer is authentic bolognese sauce

  7. Arrange one layer of lasagna noodles to cover the bottom of the baking pan. If necessary brake the noodles into smaller pieces to cover the baking pan evenly. Make sure the pieces don’t overlap each other, so they can cook through.
  8. Assembling lasagne bolognese: Assemble one layer of lasagna noodles

    Assemble one layer of lasagna noodles, just like a puzzle

  9. Spread bechamel on the noodles. Make sure it covers them completely. Without doing so the pasta wouldn’t be cooked through properly.
  10. Assembling lasagne bolognese: Spread the béchamel over the pasta

    Spread the béchamel over the pasta


    Assembling lasagne bolognese: Cover the béchamel with bolognese sauce

    Cover the béchamel with bolognese sauce

  11. Sprinkle it with a generous layer of grated Parmesan cheese.
  12. Assembling lasagne bolognese: Sprinkle it with grated Parmesan cheese

    Sprinkle it with grated Parmesan cheese

  13. Continue with the layering. On top of the cheese comes another layer of pasta, then béchamel, bolognese sauce and grated cheese. The top of the lasagne bolognese should be béchamel mixed with bolognese sauce and sprinkled with double amount of cheese.
  14. Assembling lasagne bolognese: The top

    For the top use a mix of béchamel and bolognese sauce


    Assembling lasagne bolognese: Sprinkle the top with double amount of cheese

    Sprinkle the top with double amount of cheese

  15. Bake the lasagne bolognese for about an hour. It is ready when the edges of the pasta are rippled and the cheese on the top is crispy and has a wonderful brownish-red color.
  16. Lasagne bolognese in baking pan

    Lasagne bolognese fresh from the oven

How to serve lasagne bolognese?

When it’s done, take out the lasagne bolognese of the oven and let it sit for 10 minutes. Cut it into squares and if you feel like serve it with some green salad. It is a heavy but very delicious meal.

Enjoy!

Lasagne bolognese

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