This is a lasagna recipe you could die for ! Very simple, genuine and with no fuss. I got it from my mother-in-law, so no doubt it’s typical and 100% Italian food! That’s why it is so delicious. Obviously, if you want to eat the real lasagna, you’d better make your own fresh pasta. It’s very easy to make, and it tastes so different! So, it’s totally worth it!
Makes 2 to 3 main dishes
- 2 tbsp butter
- 3 tbsp flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- 2 cups minced beef or veal or both
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 onion
- 1 rosemary stalk
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 cups diced tomatoes (fresh or canned)
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
Home made fresh pasta with 2 eggs and 1 and 1/2 cup flour.
First of all, make the pasta dough.
While the dough is resting, make the béchamel and tomato sauces.
To make the béchamel sauce, heat the butter in a saucepan until melted. Then add the flour and whisk the mixture.
Incorporate the milk little by little and whisk vigorously until the mixture gets thicker. You’ll get an awesome creamy and hearthy sauce. Wow, too easy!
Salt and pepper, add a pinch of nutmeg if you like it, then set aside.
To make the tomato sauce, peel and mince thinly the onion and garlic. Sauté in a pan with a drizzle of olive oil.
Add the rosemary and the meat over high heat. Sauté until the water evaporates and the meat is golden brown.
Salt and pepper, then add the diced tomatoes, 3/4 cup water and some tablespoons of olive oil. Simmer 20 to 30 minutes over medium heat.
Meanwhile, roll out the pasta dough. Separate the pasta sheets with baking paper so that they don’t stick to each other.
Remove the rosemary stalk from the tomato sauce.
Preheat the oven to 390°F.
Spread some tomato sauce in a baking dish. Then add a layer of pasta, then tomato sauce again, then pasta, etc.
Finish with a layer of tomato sauce, and top with béchamel sauce, then grated parmesan cheese.
Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes at 390°F.
To finish baking the lasagna, remove the foil and grill in the oven for few minutes.