Real Italian lasagne Bolognese

    2 hours 30 min

    This is the classic Lasagne alla Bolognese recipe from the Emilia region in northern Italy. The Bolognese sauce is made with a mixture of beef and pork mince. The addition of prosciutto, red wine, cinnamon and nutmeg make it truly authentic.


    Washington, United States
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    Serves: 8 

    • Bolognese sauce
    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 small onion, chopped
    • 1 shallot, minced
    • 1 carrot, chopped
    • 100g prosciutto or bacon, cubed
    • 300g minced pork
    • 300g minced beef
    • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • salt to taste
    • 1 glass red wine (about 180ml)
    • 600g peeled San Marzano tomatoes or passata
    • White sauce
    • 80g butter
    • 80g plain flour
    • 800ml milk
    • salt and pepper, to taste
    • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    • To assemble the lasagne
    • 300g lasagne sheets, dried or fresh
    • 200g grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:2hr  ›  Ready in:2hr30min 

      Prepare the Bolognese sauce:

    1. In a saucepan add oil, onion, shallots and carrot and prosciutto or bacon. Allow to cook for a few minutes over medium heat so that the onion becomes translucent and the bacon releases some of its fat.
    2. Add the pork and beef mince and season with nutmeg, cinnamon and salt. Cook the mince over medium-high heat, stirring often until browned, about 10 minutes. Pour in the red wine, then increase the heat and let simmer for a few minutes for the alcohol to evaporate. Add the tomatoes (or passata) and mix well. Bring to a simmer, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Check the sauce occasionally and stir from time to time. Adjust seasoning to taste. Remove sauce from heat and set aside.
    3. Prepare the white sauce:

    4. Melt butter in a saucepan and add the flour. Stir vigorously with a whisk so that no lumps are formed. Pour in the milk and cook over medium heat until it thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Stir occasionally with a whisk to avoid lumps. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Remove sauce from heat and set aside.
    5. Assemble and bake:

    6. If using dried lasagne sheets, cook by following the cooking time on the packet. If you use fresh ones, dip each sheet in salted boiling water for 1 minute. In both cases, drain the lasagne sheets and pass quickly under the tap to stop the cooking. Lay them on a tea towel and pat dry.
    7. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    8. Pour a ladleful each of the white sauce and the Bolognese sauce over the bottom of a 20x30cm baking dish. Lay 3 to 4 lasagne sheets side by side and cover with 1/3 or 1/4 of remaining white sauce (depending on how many layers you want to do); then cover the sheets with the same amount of Bolognese sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, then cover with lasagne sheets. Continue layers, finishing with white sauce and a good handful of grated Parmesan cheese.
    9. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until the pasta is fully cooked and the top is golden brown. Remove from oven, then let stand for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

    Make ahead

    This lasagne is perfect to prepare one or even two in advance. Simply cool to room temperature after baking, then cover and keep in the fridge. Reheat in the oven for 10 to 20 minutes, or till heated through.

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    Reviews in English (6)


    Tasted delicious, I left out the carrot and added more mince as I like mine to stand tall on the plate. That is just personal preference. Recipe has been added to my make again file!  -  31 Dec 2017


    Fantastic recipe - thanks! I am not a cook at all - far from it - and it all worked out great. Everyone loved it and some said it was the best they had had! Of course, they may have been being polite but I'll take it :-)  -  27 Mar 2017


    Oh my, this is good. I made it to 12 servings because that is what size the meat came in, and I used a cheese blend instead of just Parmesan, but kept everything else as is. I was a little skeptical when I could smell the cinnamon when the meat was simmering, but the taste was fabulous. This will definitely be added to my lasagna rotation (yes, I cook enough of the to have their own rotation, haha).  -  14 Apr 2018  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)