Cheesy Lasagna


Cheesy Lasagna

This is definitely a weekend dish. I don’t make lasagna very often but when I do this is the general recipe I follow. My favorite part of this lasagna is the Bechamel Sauce.  Here is how I put my lasagna together.  Based in part on a recipe from Bobby Flay for Lasagna which came from the Foodnetwork.com. The recipe is no longer available on their site and I haven’t found it again anywhere else. This recipe was from 2012.

Verdict:

This recipe uses lots of bowls and pans but it was so worth it! The flavor was amazing. It was cheesy and filling. Normally my family can clean up at least 2/3rds of a pan of lasagna but this night they only ate one good size piece because it really is rich and filling.

I served this with green beans with garlic and a green side salad.

Cheesy Lasagna

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: moderate
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Ingredients:

Ricotta Mixture:

  • 3 cups ricotta
  • 2 large eggs
  • dried oregano and garlic to taste
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Tomato Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons  parsley leaves
  • 3 tablespoons basil leaves

Bechamel (Mornay) Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups whole milk, heated
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup grated Fontina cheese
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

Directions:

Stir together the ricotta, eggs, parsley, oregano, cheese and salt and pepper in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow flavors to meld.

For Tomato Sauce:

Heat the oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat, add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, bring to boil, season with salt and pepper and cook until the sauce is reduced and thickened, about 25 to 30 minutes. Stir in the parsley and basil.

For the Bechamel Sauce:

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and let cook for about 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in 2 cups of the hot milk and continue whisking until the sauce is thickened and loses its raw flavor, about 5 to 7 minutes. Season the sauce with salt and pepper and whisk in the cheeses. If the sauce is too thick, whisk in some of the remaining milk.

To Assemble the Lasagna:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

1. Layer 1/4 to 1/2 cup of tomato sauce into bottom of 9″x13″ baking pan.  Place one layer of lasagna noodles over the sauce covering the bottom completely.
2. Layer another 1/4 to 1/2 cup of tomato sauce over the noodles.  Spread 1/2 of Ricotta mixture over the noodles.   Sprinkle 1/2 cup of mozzarella over the top of the cheese.  Cover the layer completely with lasagna noodles.
3. Drizzle 1/2 of the bechamel sauce over the noodles.   Add remaining ricotta mixture over the noodles and spread evenly.  Top with remaining bechamel sauce and another layer of lasagna noodles.
4.  Final layer – add  1/2 to 1 cup of Tomato Sauce to the top of the noodles and cover lightly with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
5. Bake 45 min to 1 hour until bubbly.   Add more mozzarella cheese on top in the last 15 minutes if you wish.
6. Let sit 10 minutes before cutting.

 

12 Comments Add yours

  1. paintboxmum says:

    Mmmmm! I love lasagne 🙂 This recipe sounds lovely. Will definitely be giving this a go! I have nominated you for The Infinity Dreams Award (no pressure). More info here – https://paintboxmum.wordpress.com/2016/04/08/my-second-infinity-dreams-award/ 🙂

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so much! That is very kind of you!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. paintboxmum says:

        No problem! Your food always looks so good! 🙂

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!!!!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. This sounds so yummy and looks delicious

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  2. There’s just something about homemade lasagna that makes it so much better! Now if we could just do something about all the pots and pans… 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Yes! Those three pans killed me. I am a one skillet and spoon kind of girl.

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  3. This sounds amazing! Will try it soon, we haven’t had lasagne in a while 😊

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      I hope you like it! I love Bobby Flay and this is a great recipe.

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      1. I have never heard of Bobby Flay, someone for me to Google 😊

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        1. koolaidmoms says:

          He is a favorite chef from The Food Network.

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