Prepare Lasagna Like a Chef – Recipe with Tips from Italy

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Here I show you my Lasagna cooking recipe. Buona Sera, Signorina, Buonasera… today is cooked Italian. Original pasta casserole alla Bolognese with two delicious sauces without much effort….

You want to cook for more than one person? Are you cooking casserole for co-workers or for your new Tinder acquaintance? Huh, this can get exciting 😉 I can put your mind at ease already…. Thank God there are simple and quick casserole variants, besides classic ways of preparation that you can choose according to possible time account and occasion. 

Running great… don’t worry, this Kitchenstory will guide you step by step. As your trusted chef, I bring great ideas to your kitchen! That makes it easy for you to choose.

Now have fun getting hungry, see you in the kitchen later! 

1. Discover the right lasagna by occasion!

To make the choice easier, I have prepared a handy overview by event and occasion.

Find what you’re looking for quickly here:

 Pasta LeavesSaucesCheeseOccasion/Atmosphere
Fast Kitchendried or pre-cooked noodle leavespurchases from the supermarket, skillfully refineready-grated mozzarelladinner fast / If you don't like cooking
Gourmet Classicdried noodle platescook sauces yourself according to instructions heremozzarella or parmesan fresh and finely gratedfamily meal or meal with friends/joyful cooking
Chef Mama Rosa Variationdried noodle plates or freshly prepared noodle platesprepare sauces according to instructions herebuffalo mozzarella or matured parmesan cheeseimpressive Tinder date/high food feel

Next, let’s take a quick look at the #flashready variant…

I think this can bring joy or be the stimulus to cook yourself. After all, gourmets spare no effort!

2. Prepare Simple Lasagna

Please help yourself to the great range of ready-made sauces on the supermarket shelves.

Alternatively, you can resort to already prepared, homemade and frozen sauces.

Make your own sauces and freeze them, it tastes better than ready-made sauces just in case…

Preparation tip from chef Thomas Sixt

Since I do not know the capacities of your freezer I always assume the worst case: That means yawning emptiness.

Lasagna picture portrait
Lasagna on the plate background casserole dish. © Thomas Sixt Food Fotograf

2.1 Quick and Easy, my Casserole Tips

The ingredients:

Depending on whether you’ve been able to earn a white belt or a black belt in the kitchen battle so far, this pasta bake will take you 15-20 minutes to put together.

The Italian Fake Slice is in the oven in 15 minutes and “ready to eat” after 45 minutes!

Koch Thomas Sixt motiviert Dich zum Auflauf backen

Wait a minute, there was one more thing – please think of what’s around it. A good craftsman needs his tools:

The tools of the trade:

Now you’re wondering why I mention dishes and cutlery? If you are new to a company and you are making an introductory dinner for colleagues, please check the inventory list in the office kitchen. The casserole is not finger food, after all!

We want to approach the classic preparation method with home-cooked ragout and béchamel sauce next.

3. Lasagna Minced Meat Sauce and White Sauce Make Yourself

3.1 Mince sauce tips with cooking video:

For the classic Italian mom cucina, you definitely need two sauces. There’s no way around it.

Close-up Sauce Bolognese Ragout Bolognese
Almost everyone has cooked the minced meat sauce, the well-known Ragout alla Bolognese. iPhone photo © Thomas Sixt Foodfotograf

I’d like to show you some great tips anyway, and at the same time refresh your knowledge and give you some good suggestions.

For that, I’ve included the cooking video of the preparation for you here. Look over my shoulders while cooking, the video only take 15 minutes. Enjoy!

3.2 Béchamel Sauce Tips

The classic béchamel sauce consists of onions or shallots (finer in flavor), bay leaf and peppercorns, butter, flour, dry white wine, milk, salt, pepper and nutmeg.

I’ll show you how to make the sauce below with lots of photos. Since I am the cook of your confidence, I have one more tip… this you will learn in the post on the Bechamel sauce.

Ahead already a hint 🙂 for you I simplify the preparation of the sauce and show a great trick that also works with wonder pots easiest. It saves time and last but not least this light sauce is gluten free!

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We prepare the classic béchamel sauce with flour. In the detailed article I show you a gluten-free version of the popular sauce. © Thomas Sixt food photographer

4. There is no such thing as the right baking time for lasagna!

The baking time depends on several factors:

Lasagna Pasta Plates
Dried lasagna sheets take longer to cook. A quick pasta bake succeeds with precooked pasta sheets.

When is the pasta in the casserole cooked? Pierce it with a wooden skewer… when it’s easy it’s time to eat.

Chef Thomas Sixt tells you how you can tell when the lasagna is ready.
You can serve the lasagna directly at the table or bring it to the kitchen to warm plates.

5. Here you can find a Vegetarian Version

Mhhh, veggie casserole tastes super yummy…above I already linked you a quick and tomatoey version.

Here follows the announcement for another recipe!

Vegetarian lasagna idea
Cauliflower Casserole with Walnuts, please make a note if any animal lovers visit you! © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

6. Recipe Lasagna

Now you are sufficiently informed and can get to shopping.

Wish you a lot of fun in the kitchen. Feel free to write me a comment, I always find cooking questions exciting and am happy to answer them!

Lasagna

Instructions for the preparation of casserole Italian style.

Servings 4
Calories 511.26
Total Time 80 Min.

Prepare Lasagne like a chef. An original Italian pasta casserole that succeeds and always tastes good. Step by step instructions and great ideas for variations of a classic presented by professional chef Thomas Sixt. Good luck!

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Preparation Time

40 Min.

Cook Time

50 Min.

Ingredients

Minced meat sauce

1 tbs Olive oil
10 g butter
1 small onion
1 pc glove of garlic
1 bunch Soup vegetables
500 g minced beef meat (Leave out for vegetarian )
3 tbs tomato puree
100 ml dry red wine
1 can chopped tomatoes
1/4 tsp abrasion of lemon
1 tbs balsamico
1/4 tsp Salt
5 pinches black pepper

Béchamel Sauce

1 l Milk
70 g butter
1 tbs Flour (I use cornstarch)
50 ml dry white win
5 pinches Salt (I use primal salt)
3 pinches nutmeg
2 pc bay leafs
2 corns Piment
2 tbs parmesan

Gratinate

200 g Mozzarella (I also like Parmesan)

Instruction

Minced Meat Sauce

Ragout ingredients in the pot
Ragout ingredients, minced meat, diced vegetables, onions and garlic prepared in the saucepan.

prepare sauce

Preheat the oven to 200° C.Put olive oil and butter in a pan and heat. Peel onions and garlic. Finely dice the onions and garlic. Peel and finely dice the soup vegetables.

Fry the ground meat and vegetables
Minced meat and vegetables when frying in the pan.

Fry the minced meat in a pan, add the vegetable, garlic and onion cubes and sauté for 10 minutes.

Add tomato paste to the ragout
Add tomato paste to the minced meat with vegetables.

Add the tomato paste.

Toast the tomato paste
Roast the tomato paste with the minced meat.

Roast the minced meat and vegetables with the tomato paste until light brown.

Add tomatoes to the ragout
Add the canned tomatoes to the ragout.

Then optionally deglaze with the red wine and boil down briefly. Add the tomatoes and bring to the boil.

minced meat sauce cooked
Prepare minced meat sauce, step picture Bolognese ragout.

Flavour the ragout with a little lemon grater, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and sugar, simmer gently for at least 15 minutes.

Sauce Béchamel

fine onion cubes
Finely diced onion

Cut a medium-sized onion into small cubes.

Onion, bay leaves, butter in a saucepan
Onion, bay leaf, allspice and butter in a saucepan for bechamel sauce

Heat up the pan, then add the onion cubes, butter, bay leaves and allspice and sauté.

Step picture Prepare bechamel sauce
We prepare the classic béchamel sauce with flour. In the detailed article I will show you a gluten-free variant of the popular sauce. © Thomas Sixt food photographer

Sweat the onion cubes until translucent and add the flour. Sweat the flour briefly.

White wine in bechamel sauce
White wine in bechamel sauce to deglaze

Add the white wine while stirring and bring to the boil.

Milk in bechamel sauce
Milk in bechamel sauce

Add cold milk while stirring constantly and bring to the boil. Flavour with salt, pepper, nutmeg and cayenne pepper. Submit the grated cheese to taste later, technically it is now a sauce Mornay.

Béchamel binding
Check the binding of bechamel sauce

Put some béchamel sauce on a cold plate and check the binding of the sauce.

Pasta layers

Beachamelsauce in casserole form Step Lasagna
First pour the prepared béchamel sauce into the casserole form. first step in filling the lasagna

The filling of the oven dish can begin. Cover the bottom of the casserole dish with béchamel sauce.

Lasagna plate on bechamel sauce
Lasagna layers with béchamel sauce

Place lasagne plates on the béchamel sauce. You can easily break the pasta plates, so you can also insert them at the corners to fit.

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Add the minced meat sauce to the béchamel sauce in the casserole.

Add a few spoonfuls of minced meat sauce to the plates.

Bechamel sauce on minced meat sauce lasagna step
Pour the béchamel sauce on top of the minced meat sauce and continue filling the lasagna into the mold.

Pour some spoons of the white sauce on the pasta plates with the minced meat sauce. Again and again build new layers with noodle plate minced meat sauce-white sauce until the upper edge of the baking dish is reached.

Sprinkle lasagna with cheese
Finally sprinkle the inserted lasagna with grated cheese

Finally, add Béchamel sauce to the last cover plate. Sprinkle with plenty of grated mozzarella so that the casserole is covered.

Lasagna in the casserole mold
Ready made lasagna, close up in the casserole mold

Place the casserole in the preheated oven and bake for approx. 40-50 minutes at 175° C until done. Enjoy your meal!

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