My best lasagna recipe uses bechamel sauce, beef bolognese and sausage for authentic Italian flavor! Make it for dinner or a holiday meal!
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12-14 regular lasagna noodles
1 lb mozzarella cheese, shredded
8 oz parmesan cheese, freshly grated
3 tbsp olive oil
6 cloves garlic minced
2 tbsp tomato paste (See Note 1)
1/2 cup dry red wine (optional)
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
28 oz crushed San Marzano tomatoes (See Note 2)
12 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
Bechamel Sauce (white sauce)
1/4 cup butter (or oil, fat drippings)
1/4 cup flour
1/8 tsp kosher salt
dash of white pepper
3 cups milk
1 lb ground beef
1 lb Hot Italian sausages. casing removed
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp fennel seeds
2 tsp red pepper flakes
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 large white onion, chopped
1 batch of Marinara Sauce (see above recipe)
In a large skillet, heat the oil over a medium-high flame and add the minced garlic and sauté for 2 minutes.
Reduce the heat to medium and add the wine (optional), tomato paste, sugar, dried oregano and salt and red pepper flakes, sauté for 2 minutes.
Add the tomatoes, stir and simmer until reduced slightly, about 20 minutes. In last 10 minutes of simmering, add the basil and stir. Season the sauce with more salt to taste.
At this point you could leave it chunky or for a smooth sauce you could use a hand blender and puree or put in a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.
Bechamel Sauce (white sauce)
Warm the milk in a saucepan or microwave in measuring cup.
In a medium sauce pan melt equal parts butter and then the flour.
Whisk the flour and butter together and allow to simmer on low to cook the flour 1-2 minutes. The lightest (white color) roux will be slightly puffed.
Gradually add the warm milk and whisk to incorporate until a smooth sauce forms on low heat. Cook several minutes, sauce will thicken. Set aside.
In a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add olive oil. Add the fennel seeds and red pepper flakes. Saute for 30 seconds and add the onion. Continue cooking on medium-high heat until the onion is soft, 2 minutes. Add the garlic, stirring constantly for 30 seconds.
Add the ground beef and sausage and brown meat over medium-high heat, breaking the meat apart into pieces with spoon. When cooked drain excess grease and transfer to food processor. Pulse several times until crumbly and nearly pureed.
Return mixture to the skillet or Dutch oven and add the Marinara Sauce (recipe above). Stir to combine the meat and marinara sauce.
Cover and allow the sauce to simmer for about 20 minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally. Add 1 cup of water if it gets too thick and continue cooking to reduce.
In a 9×13″ baking dish add the dry lasagna noodles and cover with hot water. Allow to rest for 20 minutes. Drain into a large colander.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease the 9×13″ baking dish with cooking spray.
We will be making 3-4 layers of lasagna, so divide accordingly.
Start by spreading some of the meat sauce on bottom of greased dish. Layer on top with 3 lasagna noodles or more to cover bottom.
Spread more meat sauce over the noodles, followed by the Bechamel Sauce (recipe above), then mozzarella and parmesan cheeses, spreading all to the edges.
Repeat this 3-4 times to use up all noodles, sauces and ending with cheeses on top.
Bake for 30 minutes until top is golden brown and cheeses are bubbling. Allow the lasagna to rest for 15 minutes before serving.
1. As this marinara recipe is written, the flavors are amazing, although if cooking this marinara low and slow (3-4 hour simmer), I would omit the tomato paste as this will thicken on it’s own. I use it for when time is tight.
2. Per The Kitchn, San Marzano tomatoes are grown in the rich volcanic soil at the base of Mount Vesuvius, which gives them a sweet flavor and low acidity and they are coveted for their firm pulp, deep red color, easy to remove skin and low seed count. Feel free to use whatever brand you prefer. This recipe is good for 1 pound of cooked pasta.
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Very Very well done, perfect assembly, the right cheese combo this is a master piece!
This looks amazing! Delicious! I love the music too ♥️
If I don't add the red wine, should I use something to substitute? Thank you!