lasagna Bolognese

Lasagna Bolognese is a classic Italian dish featuring layers of rich Bolognese sauce, creamy béchamel, and tender pasta sheets. Here’s a recipe for a delicious Lasagna Bolognese:


For the Bolognese Sauce:

  • 1 pound (450g) ground beef
  • 1/2 pound (225g) ground pork (optional)
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, finely grated
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup red wine (optional)
  • 2 cans (14 ounces each) crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup beef or vegetable broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Olive oil for cooking

For the Béchamel Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • Salt and nutmeg to taste

Other Ingredients:

  • Lasagna noodles, cooked according to package instructions
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil or parsley for garnish (optional)


For the Bolognese Sauce:

  1. Sauté Vegetables:
    • In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onions, grated carrots, and chopped celery. Sauté until the vegetables are softened.
  2. Cook Meat:
    • Add ground beef and ground pork (if using) to the pot. Cook until the meat is browned and cooked through.
  3. Add Aromatics:
    • Add minced garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  4. Deglaze with Wine (Optional):
    • Pour in the red wine (if using) and deglaze the pot, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom.
  5. Add Tomatoes and Broth:
    • Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, whole milk, beef or vegetable broth, bay leaves, dried oregano, dried thyme, salt, and black pepper. Bring to a simmer and let it cook for at least 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally. Adjust seasoning as needed.

For the Béchamel Sauce:

  1. Make Roux:
    • In a separate saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and whisk continuously to create a roux.
  2. Add Milk:
    • Gradually add whole milk to the roux, whisking constantly to avoid lumps. Continue cooking until the sauce thickens.
  3. Season:
    • Season the béchamel with salt and a pinch of nutmeg. Remove from heat.

Assembling the Lasagna:

  1. Preheat Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Layering:
    • In a large baking dish, start with a layer of Bolognese sauce, followed by a layer of cooked lasagna noodles, a layer of béchamel sauce, and a sprinkle of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Repeat the layers until all ingredients are used, finishing with a layer of béchamel and a generous sprinkle of cheese.
  3. Bake:
    • Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  4. Rest and Serve:
    • Allow the Lasagna Bolognese to rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing. Garnish with fresh basil or parsley if desired.
  5. Serve:
    • Slice and serve your delicious Lasagna Bolognese. Enjoy!

This Lasagna Bolognese is a labor of love but worth the effort for its rich and comforting flavors. Adjust the ingredients and proportions based on your preferences and the size of your baking dish.

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