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Homemade Lasagna

Homemade Lasagna

This is the way I have always made lasagna.  It is the way my mamma taught me and this homemade lasagna recipe is something my family love.

In fact I sometimes think my husband married me because of it!

Every weekend he would somehow know my mamma had lasagna in the oven and would turn up just in time.

Of course we always found a place for him and all the others who seemed to turn up too.

I used to make the béchamel sauce too but now I normally buy it. It saves a lot of trouble and to be honest it really doesn’t change anything.

This is still the BEST lasagna you are ever going to eat.

Maria

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Ingredients

  • 10 oz. Lasagna pasta
  • 20 oz. can whole peeled tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 stick celery
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 glass of wine
  • 1 1/2 lb. lean minced/ground beef
  • pinch of ground black pepper
  • pinch of salt
  • Béchamel sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

Ingredients for Béchamel Sauce

  • 1 quart of milk (4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Pinch of nutmeg

Making the Béchamel Sauce

  • Warm  the milk but don't allow it to boil.
  • Melt butter in another saucepan
  • Add flour to the butter and whisk until all lumps are gone
  • Pour in the milk and add in salt, nutmeg and pepper.
  • Whisk until smooth and creamy

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions or until tender but still firm - al dente as they say in Italy. 
  • To make the sauce, saute the onion in the olive oil for 4 minutes. Add the beef and celery and saute 10 minutes. Pour in the wine and cook 10 minutes until most of the liquid has evaporated. 
  • Add tomatoes, salt and pepper, reduce heat and simmer sauce 35 to 40 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  • Grease a large baking dish. Arrange a first layer of bechamel, next the pasta sheets, a layer of the beef and sauce then parmesan cheese, Continue adding layers until the dish is full ending up with a top layer of sauce.
  •  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

Serve hot

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