Lasagna from Nonna
Maria, my Italian wife, loves cooking. This authentic Italian lasagna recipe is one of her recipes that I love eating.
I've just spent hours at the table with Maria, her mamma, and the rest of the family enjoying this dish and a little more wine than I should have. They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, this dish proves that to be true.
Why not make it for you and your family this Sunday?
Which is the best authentic Italian cook book?
lived in Italy for over ten years, and with Maria being Italian and a great cook, many of my family
and friends in the USA, Australia and the UK ask me for advice as to which Italian cookbooks give you a real "taste" of Italy.
Finally I have the answer for you - just click here.
- 8 oz. Lasagna sheets, cooked (fresh egg pasta sheets are best)
- 16 oz. can whole peeled tomatoes, chopped finely
- 1 small stick of celery
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 lb. lean ground beef
- ground black pepper
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 2 tbs. olive oil
- fresh basil sprigs for garnish.
The Bechamel Sauce
- 1 quart of milk (4 cups)
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2/3 cup flour
- Pinch of salt, nutmeg and pepper.
- Warm milk - but don't allow it to boil.
- Melt butter in another saucepan
- Add flour and whisk until all lumps are gone
- Pour in the milk and add in salt, nutmeg and pepper.
- Whisk until smooth and creamy
Making your Lasagna
- Cook pasta according to package directions or until tender but still firm. Drain, keep warm.
- To make the sauce, in a large saucepan or cast iron skillet, over medium high high heat, saute the onion in the olive oil for 4 minutes.
- Add the lean beef, celery, a touch of salt and black pepper and cook for 10 minutes.
- Add the wine and cook until the wine is almost evaporated.
- Add tomatoes, reduce heat and simmer sauce 35 to 40 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated. I often leave it to simmer for as long as possible as the longer it simmers the tastier it is.
- Grease a 9" x 12" or larger, baking pan. Arrange a first layer of bechamel, a layer of the beef tomato sauce, a layer of pasta sheets, then a little parmesan.
- Add a second alternating layer of bechamel, pasta, beef tomato sauce and parmesan. Repeat until pan 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. Garnish with fresh basil.
Print this recipe...
Like us? Why not support me and Maria.
All you need do is book via the search box below, or any of the hotel links elsewhere on the website. It can be for travel to Italy... or anywhere else on earth.
You'll get the best deal available and the income we receive helps us to:
- Stay independent and to keep bringing you the best of Italy.
- Never have to accept money from hotels directly - meaning that we can share only those we genuinely love.
Jun 25, 19 03:59 AM
Become a part of the Secret Italy Club. Membership is open for a short while longer and we'd like you to be a part of the family.
Jun 03, 19 07:03 AM
A delicious authentic homemade lasagna recipe.This is the way my Italian nonna-in-law cooks it and I can tell you it is great...
May 30, 19 07:11 AM
Planning a trip to Italy? Then you really need to read our Italian itinerary before you book a single thing.
May 14, 19 06:02 AM
I lived in Piedmont for close on a decade and I have discovered many of its secrets over the years. Let me share with you the Piedmont and the Langhe hotels I love most...
May 11, 19 11:28 AM
Finding that dream home in Italy can be a challenge. Having been down that road ourselves Maria and I have plenty of excellent tips on Italian real estate. You can't afford NOT to read our guide.
May 08, 19 12:19 PM
Is Piedmont the nearest place in Italy to paradise? It is! Simply click and discover why...