Classic lasagna Bolognese

Based on 13 ratings

Johanna Reder

Test Kitchen Manager and Chef at Kitchen Stories

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“Lasagna is my favorite dish and, to be honest, who doesn't like it? Classic Italian lasagna is a simple recipe and consists of three simple components: pasta, creamy béchamel, and bolognese sauce. The most important part here is to give all three enough time to develop all their flavors. Bolognese especially needs to simmer for some time, at least 1 hour. The only thing that might differ between traditional lasagna and my take, is the added Parmesan cheese between the layers, but for me, to make lasagna without it just wouldn’t be possible.”

Difficulty

Medium 👍
90
min.
Preparation
35
min.
Baking
15
min.
Resting

Ingredients

Servings:-6+
1 clove garlic
onion
carrots
1 stalk celery
500 g ground beef
150 g fresh lasagna noodles
800 g canned whole peeled tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato paste
200 ml red wine
4 sprigs rosemary
4 sprigs thyme
50 butter
40 g flour
500 ml milk
¼ tsp nutmeg
150 g Parmesan cheese
olive oil
salt
pepper
Metric
Imperial

Utensils

  • cutting board
  • knife
  • pot (large, with lid)
  • cooking spoon
  • oven
  • saucepan
  • whisk
  • baking dish
  • fine grater
  • spatula

Nutrition per serving

Cal
756
Protein
54 g
Fat
34 g
Carb
50 g
  • Step 1/6

    Finely chop garlic. Peel and dice onion and carrots. Dice celery.
    • 1 clove garlic
    • onion
    • carrots
    • 1 stalk celery
    • cutting board
    • knife

    Finely chop garlic. Peel and dice onion and carrots. Dice celery.

  • Step 2/6

    Heat some olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pot and add ground beef, breaking it up with a cooking spoon. Add onions, carrots, garlic, and celery and season with salt and pepper.
    • olive oil
    • 500 g ground beef
    • salt
    • pepper
    • pot (large, with lid)
    • cooking spoon

    Heat some olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pot and add ground beef, breaking it up with a cooking spoon. Add onions, carrots, garlic, and celery and season with salt and pepper.

  • Step 3/6

    Now, add canned tomatoes, tomato paste, red wine, and herbs. Season again with salt and pepper. Simmer covered over medium heat for approx. 60 min.
    • 800 g canned whole peeled tomatoes
    • 1 tbsp tomato paste
    • 200 ml red wine
    • 4 sprigs rosemary
    • 4 sprigs thyme
    • salt
    • pepper

    Now, add canned tomatoes, tomato paste, red wine, and herbs. Season again with salt and pepper. Simmer covered over medium heat for approx. 60 min.

  • Step 4/6

    Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200°C/390°F. For the béchamel sauce, melt butter in a small saucepan. Add flour and sauté, stirring constantly to form a roux. Add milk bit by bit and reduce over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for approx. 5 min. Season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper.
    • 50 butter
    • 40 g flour
    • 500 ml milk
    • ¼ tsp nutmeg
    • salt
    • pepper
    • oven
    • saucepan
    • whisk

    Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200°C/390°F. For the béchamel sauce, melt butter in a small saucepan. Add flour and sauté, stirring constantly to form a roux. Add milk bit by bit and reduce over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for approx. 5 min. Season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper.

  • Step 5/6

    Cover bottom of baking dish with some olive oil, then add a layer of béchamel. Top with a lasagna sheet, meat sauce, more béchamel, and some freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Repeat until ingredients are used up. Finish off with more Parmesan cheese and the last of the béchamel sauce.
    • olive oil
    • 150 g fresh lasagna noodles
    • 150 g Parmesan cheese
    • baking dish
    • fine grater

    Cover bottom of baking dish with some olive oil, then add a layer of béchamel. Top with a lasagna sheet, meat sauce, more béchamel, and some freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Repeat until ingredients are used up. Finish off with more Parmesan cheese and the last of the béchamel sauce.

  • Step 6/6

    Bake in preheated oven at 200°C/390°F for approx. 35 min. on the middle rack until golden brown on top. Remove from the oven and let rest at least 15 min. before slicing and serving. Enjoy!
    • spatula

    Bake in preheated oven at 200°C/390°F for approx. 35 min. on the middle rack until golden brown on top. Remove from the oven and let rest at least 15 min. before slicing and serving. Enjoy!