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    Classic Lasagna Bolognese Recipe (Video)

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    This delicious Classic Lasagna Bolognese Recipe is layered with homemade pasta, bechamel, and bolognese for an unforgettable meal. Consequently, If you’re looking to get a lasagna recipe straight from Italy, then this version is exactly that. 

    Firstly, I’m Sicilian so making and eating pasta in my house is commonplace. If you want to try out some new recipes, you must try Ravioli or Penne all Vodka.

    lasagna bolognese in a casserole dish


     

    Lasagna Bolognese

    Lasagna bolognese is a classic Italian dish consisting of many layers of wide flat pasta, bechamel, bolognese sauce, and cheese. It’s then baked until golden brown and bubbly. This is the authentic way to make lasagna and how it’s done in Italy. I personally believe the more layers, the better.

    Instead of using the easier assembled Ricotta cheese, a thickened milk-based bechamel sauce is traditionally used. In addition, the sauce would be more of a beef-based sauce and not a tomato-based sauce, as you would see in a spaghetti sauce.

    The cheese that is sprinkled in between the layers and on top would be a variety of mozzarella and Parmigiano Reggiano, or sometimes Pecorino Romano. There are many variations on this recipe, but if you’re looking for the correct way to do it, then this is the one for you.

    Ingredients

    • Pasta Homemade pasta is the best to use in this recipe.
    • Bechamel – You will need to make bechamel sauce which is used in between the layers of this lasagna.
    • Bolognese – I make a bolognese in this recipe using mirepoix, garlic, olive oil, pork, beef, and tomatoes.
    • Cheese – I use a combination of whole milk mozzarella and parmesan cheese.

    How to Make Lasagna Bolognese from Scratch

    Process the onions, celery, carrots, and garlic in a food processor until finely minced.

    mincing mirepoix in a food processor

    Pour 3 tablespoons of oil into a large pot over medium heat.

    adding olive to a pot

    Add the minced vegetables and saute/sweat them for 4 to 6 minutes while frequently stirring.

    cooking mirepoix

    Next, add in the ground pork and beef and cook until it is well browned and cooked throughout.

    cooked meat with mirepox in a pot

    Deglaze with wine and then pour in the hand-crushed tomatoes, salt, and pepper, and mix to combine. Simmer over low heat until it’s ready to be used.

    In the meantime, make your pasta dough.

    kneaded pasta dough

    Once the dough is rolled out, cut each sheet into 9″ to 11″ long pieces. Set it to the side on a clean surface dusted with flour until it is ready to be boiled.

    cutting rolled out pasta dough

    Make the bechamel sauce and keep it warm over low heat.

    bechamel on a spoon

    Boil about 6 to 7 pasta sheets at a time in a large pot of boiling salted water for 20 to 30 seconds.

    adding pasta to a boiling water

    Remove the pasta and set them on a clean kitchen towel separate from one another so that they are easy to grab.

    spreading out cooked pasta on kitchen towels

    Place a small amount of bechamel sauce to the bottom of a lasagna pan.

    adding bechamel to a casserole dish

    Next, do the same with the Bolognese sauce.

    bolognese with bechamel in a pan

    Add a layer of cooked pasta to completely cover both sauces.

    pasta in a pan

    Add on both of the sauces in the same manner and then sprinkle a 1/4 cup of mozzarella mozzarella and 2 tablespoons of parmesan.

    adding cheese to pasta

    Repeat the process until the pasta, sauces and cheeses have been used.

    layered lasagna in a pan

    Save a good amount of the bechamel to pour over the top of everything at the end.

    adding bechamel to lasagna

    Add the remaining bolognese sauce over the top. Be sure there is plenty left to be able to do this. Finish by sprinkling on the remaining cheeses to cover every thing

    bolognese on top of layered lasagna

    Finally, bake at 400° for 35 to 40 minutes or until browned and crispy in the corners. Let the lasagna sit at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing and serving.

    slice of lasagna

    Make-Ahead and Storage

    Make-Ahead: Assemble the lasagna entirely and place it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days before serving it.  Place it in the oven directly from the refrigerator and bake at 400° for 55-60 minutes or until browned and cooked.

    How to Reheat: Place the desired amount of lasagna into a small pan or in a baking dish, cover with foil, and bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through and hot.

    How to Store: Place covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Place covered in the freezer for up to 2 months.  Thaw this for 1 whole day in the refrigerator before reheating.

    Chef Billy Parisi

    chef notes + tips

    • The wine in this recipe and all of my recipes are optional. However, you can also use red wine if you’d like.
    • You can also use store-bought lasagna pasta when making this recipe.
    • The best thing about using homemade pasta is that the shape of it does not need to be perfect outside of it being long enough to fit in the pan.

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    Classic Lasagna Bolognese Recipe

    5 from 63 votes
    This delicious Classic Lasagna Bolognese Recipe is layered with homemade pasta, bechamel, and bolognese for an unforgettable meal.
    Servings: 12
    Prep Time: 2 hours
    Cook Time: 2 hours
    Total Time: 4 hours

    Ingredients 

    • 1 peeled and roughly chopped yellow onion
    • 4 peeled and roughly chopped carrots
    • 4 roughly chopped stalks of celery
    • 6 garlic cloves
    • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
    • 1 ½ pounds of ground pork
    • 1 ½ pounds of ground beef
    • 3/4 cup white wine (pinto Grigio, chardonnay, or sauvignon blanc)
    • 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
    • 1 1/2 recipes for bechamel
    • 1 recipe for homemade pasta
    • 10 ounces shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese
    • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • coarse sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

    Instructions

    • Start making the Bolognese sauce by finely mincing using a chef's knife or processing the onions, celery, carrots, and garlic in a food processor.
    • Pour 3 tablespoons of oil into a large rondeau pot (8 quarts) over medium heat.
    • Add the minced vegetables and sauté/sweat them for 4 to 6 minutes while frequently stirring.
    • Next, add in the ground pork and beef and cook until it is well browned and cooked throughout.
    • Deglaze with the white wine and reduce the amount of liquid by one half. Pour in the hand-crushed tomatoes, salt, and pepper, and mix to combine. Simmer over low heat until it's ready to be used.
    • In the meantime, make your pasta dough. Once the dough is rolled out, cut each sheet into 9" to 11" long pieces to fit inside of the 13×9 casserole dish we will use. Set it to the side on a clean surface dusted with flour until it is ready to be boiled.
    • Make the bechamel sauce and keep it warm over low heat.
    • Boil about 6 to 7 pasta sheets at a time in a large pot of boiling salted water for 20 to 30 seconds.
    • Remove the pasta and set them on a clean kitchen towel separate from one another so that they are easy to grab when assembling.
    • Place a small amount of bechamel sauce to the bottom of a lasagna pan. Next do the same with the Bolognese sauce.
    • Add a layer of cooked pasta to completely cover both sauces.
    • Add on both of the sauces in the same manner and then sprinkle a 1/4 cup of mozzarella and 2 tablespoons of parmesan over the sauces.
    • Repeat the process until the pasta, sauces and cheeses have been used.
    • Save a good amount of the bechamel to pour over the top of everything at the end. Add the remaining bolognese sauce over the top. Be sure there is plenty left to be able to do this.
    • Finish by sprinkling on the remaining cheeses to cover every thing and bake at 400° for 35 to 40 minutes or until browned and crispy in the corners.
    • Let the lasagna sit at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing and serving.

    Notes

    Make-Ahead: Assemble the lasagna entirely and place it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days before serving it.  Place it in the oven directly from the refrigerator and bake at 400° for 55-60 minutes or until browned and cooked.
    How to Reheat: Place the desired amount into a small pan or in a baking dish, cover with foil, and bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through and hot.
    How to Store: Place covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Place covered in the freezer for up to 2 months.  Thaw for 1 whole day in the refrigerator before reheating.
    The wine in this recipe and all of my recipes are optional. You can also use red wine if you’d like.
    Feel free to use store-bought lasagna pasta when making this recipe.
    The best thing about using homemade pasta is that the shape of it does not need to be perfect outside of it being long enough to fit in the pan.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 841kcalCarbohydrates: 60gProtein: 43gFat: 47gSaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 215mgSodium: 686mgPotassium: 925mgFiber: 4gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 4261IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 432mgIron: 6mg
    Course: Main
    Cuisine: Italian