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Italian Food - Lasagna Bolognese

Updated on November 19, 2012

Lasagna Bolognese

Lasagna Bolognese
Lasagna Bolognese
Italian Food
Italian Food
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Preparing Lasagna
Lasagna ready to bake
Lasagna ready to bake
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Celery
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Bacon
Bacon
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Ground Meat
Carrots
Carrots
Parmesan Cheese
Parmesan Cheese

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Lasagna Bolognese

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Emilia Romagna is the home of balsamic vinegar, lambrusco, morta della and Parmigiano Reggiano. It’s capital, Bologna, is famous for its Bolognese sauce which is somewhat different than a traditional spaghetti sauce since lasagna Bolognese is made with layers of Béchamel sauce rather than with Ricotta cheese.

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In Italy, pancetta and authentic Parmigianno Reggiano at eighteen dollars a pound would be used, but I have modified the recipe slightly to make it more affordable. You can use the more expensive ingredients if you choose.

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You will also notice that I call for a cup of cream to finish off the sauce rather than milk, which many recipes call for. I believe that the cream gives the sauce a smoothness that you can’t get with milk.

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My wife, who has severe stomach problems and has trouble eating tomato based sauces, says that the cream makes this sauce much more agreeable for her.

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I also like to use ribbed lasagna if possible and to undercook the lasagna noodles slightly so that they will stay al dente. Using Italian pasta also seems to help since a lot of the commercial American pasta has a tendency to get mushy.

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Difficulty:

Moderate

Preparation Time:

2 Hours

Baking Time:

60 Minutes @ 350F

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Ingredients for the Bolognese Sauce:

2 Oz. of Pancetta or Bacon diced

1 Oz. Unsalted Butter

One Medium Onion peeled and finely chopped

1 Celery Stalk finely chopped

1 Carrot finely chopped

2 Cloves of Garlic peeled and finely chopped

8 Oz. Ground Beef

8 Oz. Ground Pork or Italian Sausage

1 28 Oz. Can of Whole Peeled tomatoes

¼ Teaspoon Ground Allspice

1 Teaspoon of Salt

½ Teaspoon of Pepper

1 Cup of Cream

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Ingredients for the Béchamel Sauce:

2 Cups of Whole Milk

¼ Cup Unsalted Butter

¼ Cup of Flour

¼ Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

1 Lb. of Ribbed Lasagna (preferably Italian pasta)

1 Cup of Grated Parmesan Cheese (domestic will do)

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Cooking Instructions

  1. Heat the butter, bacon, onions, carrots and celery in a large skillet, and cook over moderate heat until they start to brown. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Add the ground meat, the garlic and the allspice and simmer for about 10 minutes until the meat is browned.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes and break them into pieces with a wooden spoon.
  4. Add one cup of water or stock and simmer the sauce for at least an hour. Adjust the salt level if necessary.
  5. Stir in the cream (or milk) and simmer for 30 more minutes.

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  1. Meanwhile, make the Béchamel sauce in a small saucepan. Melt the butter but do not let it brown.
  2. Stir in the flour with a wooden spoon to make a light roux.
  3. Gradually add the milk while stirring constantly. (It may help if you warm the milk first).
  4. Bring the sauce to a gentle simmer and adjust the consistency if necessary.
  5. Stir in the nutmeg and add salt and pepper to taste.

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Assembling the Lasagna:

  1. Boil the lasagna noodles according to the directions on the package but about two minutes less to keep them firm. Drain them and rinse them with cold water.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F and set out an 8 inch by 12-inch baking dish that is 3 inches deep. Butter or spray the dish with oil to prevent sticking.
  3. Add 1/3 of the noodles, 1/3 of the meat sauce and 1/3 of the Béchamel sauce.
  4. Repeat with two more layers finishing up with the Béchamel sauce on top.
  5. Bake for one hour at 350 F until the surface is lightly browned and serve with some crusty Italian bread and a tossed salad.

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    • 2patricias profile image

      2patricias 5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      This recipe is beautifully laid out and illustrated.

      I am adding it to my Recipe Index for HubPages.

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      rjsadowski 5 years ago

      Thanks for the tip.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Great lasagna recipe. I love that you added cream instead of milk! If you do want to try using the cheap packaged american lasagna noodles don't boil them first. They'll cook in the oven with the rest of the lasagna. This will keep them from getting too mushy. Voted up and useful!

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      GiblinGirl 5 years ago from New Jersey

      My husband loves lasagna and he loves bacon - I may have to give this one a try

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This sounds truly wonderful, and OH, so authentic!