Last Updated on 14/01/2022 by richard
The ultimate homemade luxury lasagne, made with beef and pork, fresh pasta, Italian mozzarella and creamy béchamel. Absolutely Delicious.
This lasagne takes a while to make but is totally worth the effort. Mine is a combination of two recipes, one from Jamie Oliver and the other from Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi plus a couple of tweaks to our own liking.
For a quicker mid-week dinner check out this lasagne.
For the ragu
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 4 sticks celery finely chopped
- 2 carrots finely chopped
- 1 onion medium, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic cloves peeled and crushed
- 3 sprigs rosemary finely chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- 700 g beef mince
- 340 g pork mince
- 6 rashers streaky bacon finely sliced
- 750 ml red wine
- 2 cans tomatoes roughly chopped
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- 200 ml beef stock
- Freshly ground black pepper
For the bechamel sauce
- 1 litre whole milk
- 2 bay leaves
- ¼ onion
- pinch freshly grated nutmeg
- 50 g butter
- 50 g plain flour
For the lasagne
- 14 sheets fresh lasagne pasta
- 3 balls mozzarella cut into small cubes
- 1 handful parmesan grated
- freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tbsp butter
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4.
- For the ragu, heat the olive oil in a frying pan over a low heat and fry the celery, carrots, bacon and onion for approximately 15 minutes, until softened and golden. Add the garlic and rosemary and fry for two more minutes.
- Add the beef and pork mince and cook until the liquid from the meat has been absorbed.
- Pour in approximately 400ml/14fl oz of red wine and stir well. Cook for approximately 45 minutes.
- Once the wine has evaporated, add the tomatoes, puree and stock. Leave the mixture uncovered to cook slowly for two hours. Top up with more warm stock if necessary. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
- To make the bechamel sauce, place the milk in a large non-stick saucepan, add the bay leaves, onion and nutmeg and gently bring to the boil.
- In a separate saucepan melt the butter and add the flour. Beat well and cook for two minutes. Remove the milk from the heat and add a little to the flour mixture. Combine well, and when all the milk has been absorbed, add a little more. Continue to do this until all the milk has been added, whisking continually.
- For the lasagne, blanch the pasta in salted boiling water for three minutes. Spoon a third of the bechamel sauce into the bottom of a lasagne dish in a layer, then place some of the pasta strips over the top. Follow this with some of the mozzarella and parmesan, and sprinkle over freshly ground black pepper. Follow with a layer of ragu. Repeat this step twice until all the ingredients have been used up. Dot knobs of butter over the surface and cook in the oven for 30 minutes, or until golden-brown on top and completely cooked through.