Classic Lasagna Recipe
This Classic Lasagna Recipe is real comfort food. Really easy to make, and great if you have dinner guests – you can’t really go wrong.
In some places, this meal is called lasagna bolognese, as the meat sauce is similar to that used in spaghetti bolognese.
You can prepare beforehand and just put in the oven 50 minutes before eating.
This is a basic version, and the amount of ingredients you use depends obviously on the size of the dish you use in the oven and the number of guests.
To make changes to this basic lasagna recipe, you can add things like carrots, mushrooms, celery and even paprika. This can add a bit of variety to suit your own taste.
I also have an Alfredo chicken lasagna recipe on this site that uses spinach – I am pretty sure a spinach and beef lasagna would also go down well. I must try it some day.
Just add other ingredients to the meat mix at a suitable time, depending on what it is. But really, this version is just fine on its own and is the ultimate classic Italian lasagna.
It didn’t need the ketchup, we just added that for colour!
So how do you spell lasagna?
So I have spelt Lasagna in the title of this post with an ‘a’ and not an ‘e’.
In Italian ‘Lasagne’ is the plural of ‘Lasagna’, and is apparently normally how the English would spell it.
But I am pretty sure I have seen ‘Lasagna’ used more often in restaurants so hope no-one is offended. Either way, it does not change the taste!
Read a bit more in this Wikipedia link to find out more about the origins of this dish.
Cook the pasta noodles
The important thing with all lasagna is to make sure the pasta gets properly cooked. The trick is to make sure all the pasta is immersed in sauce, otherwise you may get some hard crispy bits.
If you really want to be sure, then you can pre-soak it in boiling water, but be careful as the sheets will stick together.
It’s up to you, but I will describe the first method in the recipe below using uncooked pasta sheets.
I also tend to use a glass dish so you can see what is happening and the different layers of sauces bubbling away.
How to make Classic Beef Lasagna
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