Friday, July 17, 2015

Nonna Franca's Lasagne

Our weather was cooler yesterday, and I started craving lasagna. I recalled making this lasagne with a meat sauce, and a rich and a creamy Béchamel sauce with a hint of nutmeg. 
  Here is the printable recipe in Italian if you wish. Click here.

The recipe points out that you want to stay away from no-boil pasta sheets or freshly made pasta for the noodles, but I used fresh pasta sheets from Wegman's with great success. I gave the recipe five stars, but my hubby prefers my red sauce lasagna as he is not a big fan of béchamel sauce.

Nonna Franca's Lasagne
Printable Recipe in English
1-2 Cups of Parmesan cheese (I used one cup)
1 box of Barilla lasagna
Olive oil (6 Tablespoons)

Meat Sauce
1 pound of ground beef
1 carrot
1 medium onion
1 garlic clove (you could add more if you like)
Pinch of fresh flat leaf parsley
1 ½ Cups of Tomato Sauce
1 teaspoon of Sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste

Béchamel Sauce
4 ¼ Cups of whole milk
½ Cup (1 Stick) of Butter
½ Cup of white all-purpose flour
Sprinkle of Nutmeg
Finely chop carrot, celery, onion, garlic, and parsley (I used my food processor).

In a medium sized pan, add six Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.  Let olive oil heat for just a minute and add the chopped carrot, celery, onion, garlic and parsley. Sauté for 3-5 minutes until vegetables are bright in color and garlic is fragrant.  Add meat and cook until brown.  Add tomato sauce. 
Add a teaspoon of sugar, salt, and pepper. Cover and simmer for 1½ hours. Stir every once in a while, and add chicken stock if the sauce gets too thick. Once the sauce has cooked for about an hour, start the béchamel sauce and preheat oven to 350°.

Melt butter in a non-stick pan. Add flour, salt, and a sprinkle of nutmeg and whisk until smooth.
While still whisking, add milk and incorporate ingredients well. Over medium heat watch for the sauce to thicken. You want it spreadable.

In a large stock pot, bring salted water to a boil. Note: You want to stay away from the no-boil pasta sheets or freshly made pasta as the noodles will continue to cook while lasagna is in the oven. Cook pasta for ONLY 2 minutes. Drain pasta well. By this time your meat sauce should be finished cooking.

Ladle meat sauce to cover the bottom of your baking dish. This recipe will make enough to fill a 13”x9” pan. Layer noodles on top of the meat sauce.  Add the béchamel sauce on top of the noodles and top with parmesan cheese. Repeat until all ingredients have been used (about four or five layers). Top with Parmesan cheese.

Cook lasagna for 25-30 minutes at 350°. The top should have a golden color.

Buon appetito! I am joining Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday.
Thanks for stopping by. 


  1. I am craving lasagna too..I had some a couple of weeks ago..every time it is a Littles birthday..they pick a resto and we take them to lunch and a shopping date..
    I had the lasagna and I liked their pretty now of course I am craving it..this looks good! and so does your red♥:)

  2. Mmm...this looks so good Debbie,
    I think I'll definitely going to have to give it a go this weekend. By the way I love your red heart pot... it's just perfect for such a recipe filled with Nonna's love.

  3. Oh Debbie, this looks delightful. I will be sure to make this. Love your red heart pot...Happy weekend. xo

  4. Sure looks good! I really do love pasta:@)

  5. Looks tasty - I rarely make lasagna, but love it…I am with joe, though, I prefer a red sauce!

  6. The lasagna sounds wonderful, my friend!! I'm sure I'd love your red sauce lasagna, too.
    I have that same le crueset heart pot! I have it sitting out on my stovetop right now. Don't you just love it?
    Happy weekend to you and Joe! xo

  7. That first photo has me salivating...yummy! I could eat lasagne any time.
    Have a great weekend, Debbie...and don't spend all your money on MC pieces!


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