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Traditional Lasagne bolognese

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Traditional Lasagne bolognese

2 hours 30 minutes total

Lasagna Bolognese is a classic Italian dish loved by many around the world. This hearty pasta bake, consisting of layered meat sauce, bechamel sauce, and lasagna sheets, is perfect for a family dinner or a special occasion. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced cook, this recipe is easy to follow and will impress your guests with its rich flavors and comforting texture.



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Serves 4

8 sheets Barilla® oven-ready Lasagne

For the sauce

30 ml Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
30 g celery, chopped
50 g carrot, peeled and chopped
60 g onion, peeled and chopped
20 g pancetta (bacon)
100 g ground pork
120 g ground beef
80 ml red wine
60 g tomato paste
500 ml water
1 leaf bay
to taste Salt and pepper

For the béchamel sauce

500 ml milk
30 g unsalted butter
25 g all-purpose flour
to taste Grated nutmeg, salt

For the topping

80 g grated Parmigiano cheese
20 g unsalted butter, cut into pieces


Individuals with allergies or specific dietary concerns should verify that the ingredients they utilize for the recipes comply with their restrictions.


Step 1

Here are four easy steps for the perfect lasagne bolognese:

Step 2

In a skillet over medium heat, sauté the celery, onion, and carrot with a drizzle of olive oil and the bay leaf until golden brown. Add the ground beef, pork, and pancetta, and cook until the meat starts to brown. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the red wine, cook until the wine evaporates completely, then lower the heat and add the tomato paste. Add 2 cups of water, or enough water to cover the meat mixture, and cook slowly over low heat for at least 30 minutes. Discard the bay leaf.

  • Celery
  • onion
  • carrot
  • bay leaf
  • ground beef
  • pork
  • pancetta
  • salt
  • pepper
  • red wine
  • tomato paste
  • water
  • extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

Step 3

While the meat sauce is cooking, prepare the béchamel sauce. Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed pan, add the flour, and whisk together for 3-4 minutes over low heat until smooth. Heat the milk in a separate pan, then add it to the roux, pouring it in a slow stream. Adjust the salt, season with a bit of nutmeg, and continue cooking, whisking constantly to avoid the formation of lumps until the sauce is thick and creamy. If the béchamel is too thick, add a bit of milk. If it is too thin, let it cook for a few additional minutes.

  • Butter
  • flour
  • milk
  • salt
  • nutmeg

Step 4

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and arrange the first layer of lasagna lengthwise. Evenly spread a layer of meat sauce over it, followed by the béchamel sauce and a generous handful of grated Parmigiano cheese. Repeat this process, layering the lasagna sheets, meat sauce, and béchamel sauce until you have used all the ingredients. Finish with a layer of béchamel sauce, a generous dusting of cheese, and a few pieces of butter.

  • Lasagna sheets
  • Parmigiano cheese
  • butter

Step 5

Bake the lasagna for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.

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This easy lasagna Bolognese recipe for beginners is a crowd-pleaser and a great choice for any occasion. Whether you are hosting a dinner party or just want to treat your family to a delicious meal this recipe is the perfect choice!

Spaghetti No. 5

Since 1877 Barilla produces semolina pasta with the utmost attention to quality. Indeed, today as then, Barilla selects the best hard grains and carefully monitors all the stages of processing. Because it is only thanks to this care that a pasta is created with the ideal consistency, which best holds the baking and guarantees excellent results in all kinds of preparation.

  • Shape Sèaghetti
  • Cook time 9 mins
  • Pack size 500g