because I have been too busy even to fry myself an egg
because it rained for 4 days in a row here in Shanghai
because next week I will be moving to my new apartment
and because lasagna is THE BEST dish on earth
I have decided to bring back to the front page one of all classic of Italian food: Lasagna Bolognese 🙂
Lasagna is a form of pasta in sheets and also a dish named Lasagne al forno (oven-baked lasagna). There are different varieties of lasagna al forno, with spinach, mushrooms, in red with tomato sauce, in white with Bechamel sauce. The one I’m posting today is the classic Lasagne alla Bolognese, made with alternate layers of pasta, cheese, and meat sauce.
I have tried many different lasagna recipes over the years, this is the culmination of all that trial and error. I’m sure you will just love it! 😉
Ingredients (8 servings):
- 250 g ground beef
- 1 bottle of tomato
- 1/2 onion, 1/2 carrot, celery
- 1/2 glass dry white wine
- 12-15 sheets of lasagna
- 250 g mozzarella cheese (of previous day)
- 2 cups bechamel sauce
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
First thing we need to prepare the meat souce! Chop onion, carrot and celery, place in a pan with oil and cook at low heat till vegetable are soft.
Add the ground beef and salt
Pour in the 1/2 glass of wine, turn on the heat and let the alcohol evaporate.
Pour in the bottle of tomato, salt again, cover with a lid, and let it simmer for about 30 min. Don’t let the sauce get too dense.
In a pot boil for 5 min the sheets of lasagna.
Spread 1 cup of tomato sauce on the bottom of a pan. Lay about 3 sheets of lasagna across the layer of sauce. Cover with more meat sauce, lay one layer of mozzarella cheese, bechamel and grated Parmesan.
Lay down an other layer of sheets and repeat as above untill you get around 4 to 5 layers. Cover the last layer of pasta with tomato meat sauce, bechamel and sprinkle some parmesan cheese.
Bake in preheat oven at 180 C for about 40 min.
Before serving let it sit for about 20 min.