Lasagna Bolognese with Bechamel
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"LIfe changing lasagna. Its saucy, meaty, and has a garlic parmesan infused bechamel that's incredible. Freezes so well ! I've never had a better lasagna :)"
-- @everylittlecrumb
Recipe

Details

Prep time 30mins
Cook time 30mins
Serves or Makes: 6

Recipe

For the Meat Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 diced onion
  • 500 grams or 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon all spice
  • 1/ 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • , to taste black pepper
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 15 ounces can tomato sauce
  • 1 small carton tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/ 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/ 2 cups hot water

For the bechamel:

  • 1/ 4 cup butter
  • 1/ 4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 minced cloves garlic
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1/ 4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

For assembling:

  • 12 no bake lasagna noodles
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Handful shredded Parmesan cheese

For the Meat Sauce:

Method

  • Step 1

    In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, heat the vegetable oil then sauté the onion for a few minutes until soft and translucent. Add the ground beef and cook until it browns, breaking up the beef with a wooden spoon to prevent clumps.

  • Step 2

    Add the all spice, cinnamon, black pepper, salt and minced garlic.

  • Step 3

    Add the all spice, cinnamon, black pepper, salt and minced garlic.

To make the béchamel:

Method

  • Step 1

    In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter with the flour. Whisk until the mixture becomes golden brown (About 3 minutes

  • Step 2

    Warm the milk and heavy cream by combining them in a large microwave safe bowl for a minute so until warm but not boiling.

  • Step 3

    Pour the warm milk and cream over the butter/flour mixture, whisking constantly. Add the garlic, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to medium low (so mixture simmers) and continue to whisk constantly until mixture has thickened. This will take a good 8-10 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Once béchamel sauce has formed, turn off the heat and mix in the parmesan cheese. Set pan aside to cool slightly

To assemble:

Method

  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F). Coat the bottom of a 9×13 inch pyrex or ceramic baking pan with a little béchamel sauce just so the lasagna noodles don't stick to the bottom.

  • Step 2

    Place one layer of uncooked lasagna noodles on the bottom of the pan-if you need to, break up some noodles into thinner strips or pieces in order to fully cover the bottom of the pan.

  • Step 3

    Top dry noodles with 1/3 of the meat sauce, and top this with 1/3 of the béchamel . Layer again with dry noodles, 1/3 of the meat sauce, 1/3 of the béchamel, then the final layer of meat sauce and béchamel. Top with mozzarella cheese and shredded parmesan.

  • Step 4

    Loosely cover lasagna with foil, then bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake another 5-10 minute until lasagna is golden brown and bubbling. To brown further, you can turn on the broiler for the last minute or so.