Lasagne Alla Bolognese

TOTAL TIME: 3 hr 45 min
Prep: 3 hr
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 45 min
 
YIELD: 8 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • Butter, for the pan
  • 1/2 batch Bolognese Sauce, recipe follows
  • 1 1/2 (9-ounce) boxes no-boil lasagne noodles
BOLOGNESE SAUCE:
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 red onion, medium chop
  • 3 carrots, medium chop
  • 3 celery stalks, medium chop
  • 5 ounces pancetta, cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 handfuls fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked and chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound ground veal
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 3 (28-ounce) cans pelati tomatoes*
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup whole milk
BESCIAMELLA:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 1/2 cups whole milk
  • Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
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Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Butter the lasagne pan well and add a very thin layer of meat sauce.

Add the first layer of lasagne noodles and in order, cover with meat sauce, about 3 ladles besciamella, and a generous sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Repeat the same process until you reach the top of the dish. Make sure the lasagne noodles are soaking into the sauce.

When done layering the ingredients, top the lasagne with a final ladle of meat sauce and some besciamella, add a few thin slices of butter and finish with some grated Parmesan.

Bake for about 30 minutes.

Heat a broiler. When your fantastic lasagne alla bolognese is cooked, give it a nice crisp top by broiling it for about 5 minutes.

Always serve this dish with extra-virgin olive oil and some grated parmesan, to taste.

Bolognese Sauce:
Saute the onion, carrots, and celery in about 5 tablespoons olive oil in a large rondeau until soft. Add the pancetta to the soffritto (onion mixture). Cook on a medium-high flame for about 7 to 10 minutes, then add the meat; break it up well with a wooden spoon. Cook's Note: You can jack up the heat a bit, and keep stirring until all the ground meat is browned. Add the red pepper flakes and the parsley and cook for just 1 minute.

Add the wine now and cook until the alcohol is completely evaporated, scraping up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan.

Pulse the tomatoes smooth in a food processor and add them to the meat, season generously with salt and pepper, lower the flame to medium and cook for about 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Finish the sauce by adding the whole milk, stir well and set aside, to cool off.

Besciamella:
Melt the 1/2 cup butter in a pan over medium heat. Stir in the flour with a wooden spoon. Cook's Note: This is an important moment, as you have to slowly toast the flour without burning it. This will help you lose the flowery taste.

Warm up the milk and gradually ladle into the pot with the butter-flour mixture, whisking constantly while bringing the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat, and simmer for about 15 minutes. Season the sauce with freshly grated nutmeg, salt, and pepper.

Notes

Because you are working with pasta that does not require boiling, you have to make sure that there are no pieces of lasagne sticking out of the sauce because they won't cook.

When you decide to tap into your reserve of frozen lasagne, keep in mind you need to thaw the frozen lasagne overnight before reheating.

Pelati tomatoes are whole canned tomatoes.

If the sauce is too thick, add a little more milk, if too runny, return to the heat and add a pat of butter mixed with an equal amount of all-purpose flour. The most important thing though is: besciamella should not taste floury. If you think your sauce is ready, but you can spot a hint of "flouriness" when you taste it, think again, and keep on cooking it for a few minutes more.

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  • on September 06, 2014

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    A different taste to it that was absolutely delicious! Loved how the besciamella makes it creamy!

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  • on June 27, 2014

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    Absolutely fantastic! A wonderful way to spend an afternoon showing your family how much you love them

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  • on May 12, 2014

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    OMG!!! This lasagna was awesome. I have the most picky eaters in my family and everyone loved it. I love that the recipe for the sauce has enough left over to freeze so I can make again with out having to make the sauce. This will definitely stay in rotation at my house!!!!

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