Lasagna alla Bolognese: A Classic, Hearty Meat-Sauce Lasagna

Lasagne alla Bolognese
Lasagne alla Bolognese Danette St. Onge
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Yield: 1 lasagne
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
187 Calories
13g Fat
10g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 187
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 321mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 183mg 14%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 172mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

When I was little, I thought that I hated lasagna, because I'd only ever had rather soggy versions full of watery, flavorless ricotta cheese. I couldn't understand Garfield's obsession with it.

Now, a lasagna made with a good ricotta (a homemade ricotta, perhaps?) and other high-quality ingredients will, of course, be a different story, but ever since I first tasted the Northern Italian style of lasagna (popular in the Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna regions), lasagne alla bolognese, which is made with layers of meaty ragù, a simple besciamella white sauce and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, it has been my favorite kind. 

if you are using dried, no-boil lasagna noodles, your sauces should be more liquid; if you use fresh noodles, your sauces should be drier.

If you make a big pot of my Tuscan-style ragù on a Sunday, you can have it on some fresh tagliatelle (or another pasta) right away, and the next day use the leftover ragù to make this lovely, comforting lasagne. 

Ingredients

  • 2 batches (4 cupsbesciamella sauce, or 2 batches Tuscan-style Ragù sauce to make a large 9x13-inch or 8x11-inch lasagne, or use just 1 batch of besciamella (2 cups) or meat sauce to make a smaller, 6x10-inch lasagne

  • 1 (9-ounce box) no-boil/oven-ready lasagne noodles, or 1 pound fresh lasagne sheets, preferable

  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius).

  2. Prepare the besciamella sauce and your meat sauce of choice according to the recipes and instructions linked above.

  3. Cover the bottom of your lasagna pan with a thin, even layer of besciamella sauce.

  4. Cover the besciamella sauce with a layer of the lasagna noodles (you may overlap them slightly to make them fit, and/or cut them so they fit).

  5. Cover the noodles with another thin layer of besciamella sauce, then a layer of the meat sauce, then a generous sprinkling of the grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. 

  6. Then lay down another layer of the noodles, then besciamella, meat sauce, and grated cheese, and repeat: noodles, besciamella, meat sauce, grated cheese until you reach the top of your pan. Usually this will be between 4 to 6 layers.

  7. Finish with a layer of meat sauce, besciamella, and another generous sprinkling of grated Parmigiano. [Note: If you are using dry, no-boil pasta, make sure that it is all completely covered with sauce or it won't cook.]

  8. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the top is crisp and golden brown. 

  9. If you have any leftover ragù sauce, it freezes very well. The lasagne can be made ahead of time and kept refrigerated and reheated in the oven, or assembled and frozen uncooked, then defrosted in the refrigerator for 24 hours before cooking.

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