Ham and Scamorza cheese lasagne

Ham and Scamorza cheese lasagne


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About this recipe: 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.


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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