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Classic Lasagna

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Looking for an Italian lasagna recipe that's just like the grandmothers make it in Bologna? Look no further!

2HR

Total Cooking Time

18

Ingredients
Nicko's Kitchen
Welcome to Nicko's Kitchen! For the last 10 years we have been getting people into the kitchen to cook amazing meals and of course to have fun while doing it.
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Ingredients
US / METRIC
Servings:
12
Serves 12
Ragu
2
Carrots , diced, peeled
1
3 stalks
Celery , diced, washed
2 Tbsp
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
1 cup
Tomato Passata
1.1 lb
80/20 Lean Ground Beef
1 cup
Water
to taste
Salt and Pepper
Bechamel
4 cups
Whole Milk
1/2 cup
1 pinch
Ground Nutmeg
to taste
Pasta
6 sheets
Lasagna Noodles
to taste
to taste
Parmigiano-Reggiano , freshly grated
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Directions

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Step 1
Heat Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (2 Tbsp) in a large pan or dutch oven. Cook the Carrots (2) , White Onion (1) , and Celery (3 stalks) over a low heat until they are soft, roughly 2-5 minutes.
Step 2
Turn the heat to medium-high and add the 80/20 Lean Ground Beef (1.1 lb) and 80/20 Lean Ground Pork (1.1 lb) .
Step 3
When the meat has browned and the liquid it releases has evaporated, add the Water (1 cup) and stir.
Step 4
When the water has evaporated, add the Tomato Passata (1 cup) and Salt and Pepper (to taste) . Stir again to mix the ingredients and let them cook on a low heat for at least an hour, or up to 12 hours. Every hour, stir it and add in a tablespoon of water to keep it moist.
Step 5
Warm the Whole Milk (4 cups) in a saucepan, but don’t let it boil.
Step 6
In a separate saucepan, melt the Unsalted Butter (1/2 cup) over low heat. As soon as it has liquefied, take it off the heat and gradually whisk in the All-Purpose Flour (2/3 cup) , making sure that no lumps form.
Step 7
Place the pan with the butter and flour mixture back on a low heat and add your warm milk, Salt (to taste) , Ground Nutmeg (1 pinch) , and Ground Black Pepper (to taste) . Stir rapidly with the whisk until it thickens and becomes smooth.
Step 8
Preheat the oven to 390 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Step 9
To assemble, pour a fine layer of ragu, then place your Lasagna Noodles (6 sheets) on top of the ragu until you have covered it completely. Don’t allow them to overlap too much, as you don’t want any double layers of pasta. Add a layer of the bechamel sauce then grate Parmigiano-Reggiano (to taste) over the top.
Step 10
Repeat the process in the same order as above until you reach 6 layers of pasta. On the very last layer of pasta, place a slightly thicker layer of bechamel and ragù, as it is the layer most exposed to the hot air of the oven and tends to dry up. Generously sprinkle some more Parmigiano Reggiano on top.
Step 11
Bake for about 25 minutes. You will know the lasagna is ready when you can see a golden crust around the outside edges on the top layer.
Step 12
Rest the lasagna for 5-10 minutes before cutting and serving.
Step 13
Garnish with Fresh Basil (to taste) . Serve and enjoy!

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