Lasagna

Absolutely mouthwatering lasagna that's layered with our homemade bolognese sauce

It’s been two weeks since my last blog post. The reason for my absence: my wife and I were traveling throughout Italy. Italy is one of my favorite destinations because of the history, culture, nature, and the elite food scene. I am not kidding when I say that everything tastes good there! It’s a great place for me to get new food ideas, and to learn new dishes (keep an eye out for these in the future). Today, I wanted to honor my recent trip with a recipe post about an Italian classic: lasagna.

The Sauce

The sauce for the lasagna layer is the same as our Bolognese Sauce recipe. Therefore, you’re going to want to start cooking the sauce well in advance. You could either do it the day before, or start it about 6 hours before you’re going to eat. I like for the bolognese sauce to cook for at least 3 hours once the tomatoes have been added, but keep in mind you can utilize 1 hour of the lasagna cooking time in the oven for the sauce. I know that this is time consuming, but the flavor profile that is built is definitely worth it.

The meats and vegetables prepped and ready to be cooked
The meats and vegetables for the lasagna’s sauce

Layer the Lasagna

You’re going to need the following for the lasagna’s layers:

  • Lasagna noodles
  • Bolognese sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Pecorino Romano cheese
  • Fresh basil

You’re going to want a lasagna pan or something similar. The order of the layers should go like this (from bottom to top):

  • Bolognese sauce
  • Lasagna noodles
  • Ricotta mixture (it’s just the ricotta seasoned with salt & pepper)
  • Bolognese sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Pecorino Romano cheese
  • Basil
  • Repeat as many times as possible (starting with the lasagna noodles)

I like the final layer to be topped with sauce, followed by mozzarella cheese, pecorino romano, and basil.

Lasagna layered and ready to cook in the oven
The lasagna is ready for the oven

Finish it in the Oven

It’s very easy to finish this cook. Cover the lasagna with tin foil (that’s been sprayed with a non-stick cooking spray) and pop it in a 375ºF degree oven for 25 minutes. Then, remove the tin foil and cook in the oven for another 25 minutes. At this point, the lasagna should be done, but feel free to broil it for a few minutes if you prefer a crispier top layer. Once done, remove it from the oven, lightly tent it with the tin foil, and allow it to rest for 15 minutes before cutting and serving.

Lasagna out of the oven with crispy melted cheese on top
Lasagna that just finished cooking in the oven

The Best Comfort Food

Lasagna has to be one of the greatest comfort foods of all time. Hearty, filling, and delicious, this dish is perfect for the family or even a small dinner party. My kids love it too – they are always asking for a second or third serving. It truly is an amazing dish. Is it time consuming to make? Yes. But after taking one bite, you’ll be thinking “it was definitely worth the effort”.

Absolutely mouthwatering lasagna that's layered with our homemade bolognese sauce

Lasagna

Are you ready to make the best Italian comfort food?! This lasagna recipe is worth every bit of effort! Using our bolognese sauce recipe as the base for the lasagna, it is also layered with noodles, three types of cheese, and basil. After cooking to perfection in the oven, you'll be left with a delicious, hearty dish that the entire family will enjoy!
Servings 12 Servings

Ingredients
  

Sauce

  • See our Bolognese Sauce recipe

Ricotta Mixture

  • 16 oz Whole milk ricotta cheese
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Lasagna

  • 1 lb No boil lasagna noodles
  • 12 oz Fresh mozzarella shredded
  • Pecorino Romano cheese to taste
  • Fresh basil

Instructions
 

Ricotta Mixture

  • Right before you are going to compile the lasagna, add the ricotta to a bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Lasagna

  • Preheat the oven to 375℉.
  • In a lasagna pan or something similar, layer the lasagna in the following order (listed from bottom to top):
    bolognese sauce ->lasagna noodles -> ricotta mixture -> bolognese sauce -> mozzarella cheese -> pecorino romano cheese -> basil
  • Repeat the layers as many times as possible (starting with the lasagna noodles). The final layer should be topped with bolognese sauce, followed by mozzarella cheese, pecorino romano, and basil.
  • Cover with tin foil that's been sprayed with a cooking oil spray (to prevent sticking). Put in the oven for 25 minutes. Then, remove the tin foil and cook for another 25 minutes. Broil at the end if you prefer a crispier top layer.
  • Remove the lasagna from the oven and allow it to rest for 15 minutes. Slice and serve. Enjoy!
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