Monday 30 November 2009

Lasagne à la Bolognaise/ Lasagna alla Bolognese and an award

Like Garfield, my son is fond of the “Lasagne à la Bolognaise”, an Italian Classic, precisely a Bologna specialty.

He reminds me to do it whenever he sees the movie Garfield, thankfully once in 2 months time …..:) as this is a rich and consistent dish, highly caloric as well..... Try to pair it with a crunchy salad and maybe cut down down your dessert to balance the meal.

As for me, I'll have no self-reproach relishing this succulent dish, after all I’ll need some calories to withstand the coming winter:):)!!!

Ingredients: (for 4 to 6)

400g minced beef (preferably stewing meat)
150g minced sausage meat
800 g finely chopped tomatoes
1 carrot (peeled and chopped into small cubes)
3 onions, chopped finely
4 cloves garlic, minced finely
A tbsp of concentrated tomato puree
3 bay leaves
1 tablespoon basil
1 tablespoon oregano
Olive oil
1 cup dry white wine
2 cups of water
1 tablespoon sugar
Salt and pepper
500 ml Béchamel sauce ( see Herefor the recipe)
400 – 500g lasagna
100g Grated Parmesan
300g Grated Emmental or any other
500g mozzarella


For the Meat Sauce:

Dip the tomatoes in some boiling water for 40 seconds. Remove, drain and and peel them.

Chop the onions, garlic, carrot and the tomatoes.

Heat the olive oil ( on low medium heat) and add the onions and fry slightly. Add the minced meats and stir fry on high heat until the meat changes its colour. Add the carrot and the garlic and fry a little more. Add salt and pepper. Add the tomatoes and the concentrated paste, the bayleaves and the herbs and the sugar.

Stir fry for few minutes and add the wine and water (reduce if necessary) and let it boil.

Close and let it simmer on low flame for about 40 minutes.

Be sure to mix your sauce from time to time so that does not stick to the bottom.

The sauce should neither be too dry nor too liquid but sufficiently liquid to cook the lasagne.
Remove and set aside to cool down completely.

Meanwhile prepare the Béchamel Sauce.

For the Béchamel sauce, you’ll need:

70 g butter
70 g SIFTED flour
1 liter of milk
Salt, Cayenne pepper


Bring the milk to a boil and keep aside.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan on very low heat; as soon as it starts to sizzle, add the sifted flour all at once and stir with a whisk or a wooden spatula with all your strength. (We should not let it brown and also prevent any lumps to form)

Cook it for about 5 minutes stirring continuously until you get a smooth and white mixture.

Pour the boiling milk on the above mixture and mix thoroughly with a whip.
Add the salt, pepper & nutmeg.

Bring to boil once again on very low heat by whipping constantly. The Béchamel sauce will thicken. Cook for some more minutes by whisking constantly. Remove and set aside to cool.

You can very well do this sauce earlier and conserve in the refrigerator upto 2 to three days.

Assemble the lasagne:

Grease an oven proof dish with some butter and a garlic pod and put a layer of the Béchamel sauce.

Arrange the lasagna sheets on it.

Cover the above with a sufficient amount of the meat sauce (The lasagna sheets are going to be cooked in this sauce)

Top the sauce with some grated Emmental cheese and spoon some Béchamel sauce over it and continue like the previous layers.

Continue with another layer and the rest of the meat sauce.

Top with some parmesan cheese and bake the whole for about 45 minutes in a preheated oven at 210° C.

Add the mozzarella (cut as you like) 10 minutes before the cooking time.

Serve it really hot!!!

A Côtes du Rhône Villages / a Chianti or a Bardolino would be a perfect for the dish!
Buon appetito!!!!

and a lovely award to end my day......

my hearty thanks to Lavanya Siva from Spice-India for the beautiful gesture !!!!


Padma said...

Congrats on your awards. Lasagna looks very tempting and nice step by step pics.

Poornima Nair said...

The lasagna looks so tempting, this would be my favorite. Congrats on the award.

Latha said...

Lasagna looks tempting...Its been long I am thinking of making this...Thanks for sharing.

Congrats on your awards.

Sailaja Damodaran said...

wow!!!!!! mouthwatering....came out so good.

Suvaiyaana Suvai said...

Congrats on your awards and yummy lasagna!!!

kothiyavunu said...

congrats on ur award..wishing many more to come..
Lasagna looks tempting..I have never tried I am curious! will give a try..thanks for sharing.:)

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Mouthwatering dish..I used to eat lasagna on a regular basis when I was young and on the lean side... now its only looking and no eating.

Priya said...

Our all time favourite, i do prepare same...Such a beautiful dish, congrats on ur award..

Cham said...

Looks terrific ur lasagna

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

Wow!!!Yummy yum yum....those lasagna looks so delicious..I want to try them..will use ur recipe and omit the beef and add my fav chicken...thanks for sharing..will try out and let u know:)

Vrinda said...

I am not a fan of this one,but looks awesome and perfect....

Cynthia said...

Showing off your perfect work! :)

Definitely try the coconut bread first :)

Cynthia said...

I am so thrilled that you and the family enjoyed the bread so much. I think I'll make it again this week :)

Tina said...

Congrats on ur award....Lasagna looks tempting and beautiful.

Rohini said...

Congrats on your award buddy!
As for non-meat eaters, what would be a best subtitute? Otherwise I'd love to try this one soon :) Thanks in advance!

Jean's Saappadu said...

Thank you " all" for the appreciations;

Dear Rohini,

there are somany variations for vegetarians too, you might substitute the meat with grilled eggplants or maybe spinach and mushrooms, zucchini, or broccoli / bellpepper and onions.... you may try any combination you like... enjoy!!!


Looks nice,nice recipe too,I have had only in restaurants!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow...that's an delectable recipe....Congrats on the well deserved award...i really love u r yummylicious blog...

Soma Pradhan said...

Lasagna lokos so yummy..Cant resist...

Sarah Naveen said...

wow!!! yummy yumm..looks really tempting..ooh..
Congrats on the award dea..

Viki's Kitchen said...

Lasagna has come out very well dear. You are sooo... good at baking. Want to have it now:)

Btw, I just created an award for you. Will you please accept it dear:)

Dolly said...

Looks Irresistible.I was planning to make Chicken Lasagna. U made it easy for me... Looking at ur results I'm just going to follow ur recipe and subsitute beef with chicken.

Beautiful Presentation and Congratulations on ur award.

Jean's Saappadu said...

thanks to all of you for the comments!!
Viki, coming right away to pick it up, thank you sweetheart :)

Erica said...

Congratulations on your award!That looks delicious! One of my favorite dishes :)

Padhu said...

Congrats on your award .I am following you Jean so that I can keep in touch with your blog.

Malar Gandhi said...

Congrats on ur well deserved award, One more is lying in my blog...pls feel free to collect it, dear.

As usual...very tempting dish from you...indeed liked ur step by step pictures...looks mouthwatering:) Wish you lived somewhere close by me, he he.

aquadaze said...

Mouthwatering! I absolutely adore lasagna, except that I make mine with meat in place of beef.

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