Ham and Scamorza cheese lasagne

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    Scamorza is an Italian cheese with a mild smoky flavour. It replaces mozzarella in this delicious lasagne. You can also replace the ham with prosciutto if you prefer.

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    Serves: 6 

    • For the bechamel sauce
    • 70g butter
    • 70g plain flour
    • 700ml milk
    • salt and pepper, to taste
    • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
    • For the lasagne
    • 12 fresh or pre-cooked lasagne sheets (about 300g)
    • 300g smoked Scamorza, thinly sliced
    • 150g ham or proscuitto, chopped
    • 200g grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1 handful breadcrumbs

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

      Bechamel sauce:

    1. In a saucepan over medium heat melt the butter and stir in the flour. Mix 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.
    2. To assemble and cook lasagne:

    3. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    4. Use a ladle to pour a thin layer of bechamel sauce over the bottom of a 20x30cm baking dish. Lay 3 lasagne sheets side by side on top and cover with more bechamel sauce. Add a layer of Scamorza cheese, then ham, then Parmesan (about a third of each). Repeat the layers finishing with bechamel sauce and an even layer of grated Parmesan mixed with breadcrumbs on top.
    5. Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, half the time on the bottom shelf, then on the upper shelf. The lasagne should lookpuffed up and be golden brown on top.
    6. Remove from oven; cover with foil and let stand for 30 minutes before slicing and serving.

    Lasagne sheets:

    If you are using bought fresh lasagne sheets, cook in a large pot with salted boiling water for 1 minute. Drain the lasagne sheets and pass quickly under cold water to stop the cooking process. Lay them on a tea towel and pat dry. If you are using dried lasagne sheets, follow the cooking time indicated on the packet.

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