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susan s delicious lasagna bolognese

Desciption

this is an authentic tasting "ragu" sauce that is super rich and super flavorful. the bolognese portion of this recipe can be served over any thick pasta, as well as, be the primary component of this lasagna. i happen to love this lasagna and have been tweaking it for years. i'm not a fan of ricotta cheese based lasagna's and as you'll see from this recipe...this is coupled with a beschemel type sauce rather than ricotta or cottage cheese. you can spice this one up further (i sure do!) with crushed red peppers in your sauce. you can also tone it down with mild italian sausage or turkey italian sausage. the bolognese sauce can be made up to 3 days in advance and warmed up to make for the lasagna. this lasagna is also best baked right after assembling or the pasta will absorb the sauces and dry out. enjoy!!

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Steps

  1. First make the bolognese sauce:
  2. Brown and drain grease from the ground beef
  3. Ground pork and sausage in a large saute pan
  4. Break up all lumps with spoon
  5. Add in 2 t butter and 1 t olive oil and saute the onions
  6. Garlic
  7. Carrots and celery until softened
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste
  9. Add the wine and stir and then simmer for 5 minutes
  10. Or until reduced
  11. Add the tomatoes and 1 cup of beef stock and bring to a boil
  12. Stir the sauce well
  13. Then lower heat and half cover pan with lid and simmer gently for 2 hours
  14. Stir occasionally during this time and add more stock as it becomes absorbed
  15. Pour the cream into the sauce
  16. Stir well to mix
  17. Then simmer without lid for 30 minutes
  18. Stirring frequently
  19. At this stage -- you can serve this over thick pasta
  20. For lasagna bolognese -- continue with recipe
  21. Preheat oven to 375
  22. If the bolognese sauce is cold
  23. Reheat it
  24. Stir in enough stock to make it runny
  25. If necessary
  26. Make the white sauce by melting 1 / 4 cup butter in a medium saucepan
  27. Add the flour and cook
  28. Stirring for 1-2 minutes
  29. Add the hot milk a little at a time
  30. Whisking vigorously after each addition
  31. Bring to a boil and cook
  32. Stirring until the sauce is smooth and thick
  33. Add salt and pepper to taste
  34. Whisk well
  35. Then remove from heat
  36. Spread 1 / 3 of bolognese sauce over the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish
  37. Cover the bolognese sauce in the base of the dish with 1 / 4 white sauce
  38. Followed by 4 sheets of lasagna
  39. Repeat the layers twice more
  40. Then cover the top layer of lasagna with the remaining white sauce and sprinkle the grated parmesan over the top
  41. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the pasta feels tender when pierced with a fork
  42. Let stand for 20 minutes before serving

Step 25

Total Time in Minute 195

Ingredients Count 19

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Ingredients

Butter

Olive oil

Onion

Carrots

Celery ribs

Garlic cloves

Hot italian sausage

Lean ground beef

Ground lean pork

Dry white wine

Crushed plum tomatoes

Beef stock

Heavy cream

No-boil lasagna noodles

Fresh parmesan cheese

All-purpose flour

Milk

Salt

Pepper

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