Lasagna Bolognese

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This Lasagna Bolognese with bechamel sauce is destined to become a family favorite. It combines layers of hearty, meaty bolognese, creamy bechamel, perfectly cooked lasagna noodles, and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese, creating a truly comforting experience with every bite.

Taking a slice of lasagna bolognese out of the lasagna pan.


 

When I came across the concept of combining bolognese and béchamel in a gloriously rich, heartwarming lasagna, I made it my goal to perfect it and bring it to you. And here is the result. Rich, hearty meat sauce featuring ground beef, white wine, and fresh tomatoes is layered with al dente lasagna noodles and grated parmesan cheese. To complete this dish, a creamy, silky smooth béchamel is added, and the result is beyond delicious!

Why You’ll Love Lasagna Alla Bolognese

  • Saucy. The creamy, buttery béchamel next to the meaty bolognese makes for the perfect pairing of flavors and textures.
  • Comfort food. Bolognese and lasagna, combined with a creamy béchamel, create a soul-warming, rich dish.
  • Make-ahead magic. Lasagna keeps really well in the fridge or the freezer. Make a double batch and save the extras for a busy day.
  • Versatile. There’s plenty of room to experiment with this recipe. Use a different protein, add veggies, or play with herbs to get it just right for your taste preferences.
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Recipe Ingredients

  • For the Bolognese: olive oil, carrots, onions, ground beef, dry white wine, and fresh tomatoes.
  • For the Béchamel Sauce: butter, flour, milk, salt, and black pepper.
  • For the Lasagna: cooked lasagna noodles and butter.

How to Make Lasagna Bolognese

Ready to dive in and make the best lasagna of your life? Here’s a quick overview of how to do it. Don’t forget to scroll to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

  • Saute the veggies. Heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute the carrots and onions in the pan for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for 2 minutes.
  • Brown the beef. Add the beef to the pan and cook until browned, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as you go.
  • Deglaze. Pour in the wine and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Simmer. Stir in the chopped tomatoes, bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Make the bechamel. Melt the butter in a pan and whisk in the butter followed by the milk. Whisk until the mixture starts to boil. Season with salt and pepper, turn the heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Prepare to bake. Preheat the oven to 400°F and grease a baking dish with butter.
  • Cook the lasagna noodles. Use the instructions on the package to guide you.
  • Layer. Spread 1/4 cup of bechamel on the bottom of the dish. Cover with a layer of noodles, then a layer of meat sauce, and then another layer of bechamel. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, dot with butter, and repeat until you’re out of ingredients, ending with a layer of bechamel sprinkled with parmesan and dotted with butter.
  • Bake. Bake for 35-45 minutes.
  • Rest. Let the lasagna rest for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.
Overhead image of lasagna bolognese in a lasagna pan.

Recipe Tips And Variations

Want to go above and beyond and get this lasagna alla bolognese absolutely perfect? Follow these simple tips and tricks and you’ll be on your way.

  • Use a large pan for the meat sauce to ensure proper browning of the beef.
  • Whisk bechamel continuously for a lump-free sauce.
  • If needed, adjust the bechamel sauce and add a few tablespoons of milk if it’s too thick, or if it’s too thin, return to heat and add a bit more butter.
  • Ground beef can be mixed with ground pork or sweet Italian sausage. You could even use ground chicken or turkey.
  • For the wine, I suggest using pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc.
  • I prefer to use fresh tomatoes over canned, but you could use crushed tomatoes.
  • If you’d like a sharper cheese flavor, add pecorino.
  • Add extra veggies and stir a couple of handfuls of spinach and sauteed cremini mushrooms into the meat sauce.

What to Serve with Lasagna Bolognese

I love serving up a warm, gooey, savory slice of lasagna with a Green Goddess Salad, but if you’re in a super Italian mood, go for my Tomato Burrata Salad. If salad isn’t your thing, get your veggies in with a serving of my Sautéed Garlic Broccolini or these Air Fryer Carrots. And, of course, grab a loaf from the store or bake up some Focaccia Bread or this No Knead Skillet Olive Bread.

A fork taking a bite out of a slice of lasagna bolognese.

How to Store & Reheat Leftovers

  • To store. Once the lasagna has cooled to room temperature, cover the casserole dish tightly with a double layer of plastic wrap or transfer its contents to an airtight container. You can store it in the fridge for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • To reheat. Thaw the leftovers in the fridge (if frozen) and transfer them to a baking dish (if applicable). Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until heated through. Or, microwave individual portions in 30-second intervals until heated through.

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Lasagna Bolognese with Bechamel Sauce

This lasagna bolognese is made with layers of rich meat sauce, smooth, creamy bechamel, al dente lasagna noodles, and parmesan baked to a bubbly golden brown.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Resting Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

For the Bolognese Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 carrots,, sliced into thin rounds
  • 2 small yellow onions,, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic,, minced
  • 1.5 pounds ground beef
  • ½ cup dry white wine,, like pinot grigio
  • 2 fresh tomatoes,, diced

For the Lasagna

  • 3 to 4 tablespoons butter,, cut into pats
  • 9 to 12 lasagna noodles,, cooked according to the directions on the package
  • Bechamel Sauce,, recipe follows
  • shredded Parmesan cheese
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper,, to taste

For the Bechamel Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper,, to taste
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Instructions 

For the Bolognese Sauce

  • Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan.
  • Add the sliced carrots and chopped onions and cook for 3 minutes; mix in the minced garlic and continue to cook for 1 more minute.
  • Stir in the meat and cook until browned, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon and stirring it occasionally.
  • Pour in the wine and continue to cook for 10 minutes over medium heat.
  • Stir in the chopped tomatoes, bring to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer; continue to simmer for 15 minutes.

For the Bechamel Sauce

  • Meanwhile, melt the butter in a 2.5 quart pan.
  • Whisk in the flour and pour in the milk; continue to whisk until it starts to boil.
  • Season with salt and pepper, lower the heat to a simmer, and cover; continue to cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and taste for salt and pepper.
  • If the sauce seems too thick, slowly add 1/4 cup more milk while whisking. If it's too runny, return to the heat, add a tablespoon of butter, and whisk in a tablespoon of flour, and cook for a minute. Set aside until ready to use.

Assemble the Lasagna

  • Preheat the oven to 400˚F.
  • Cook the lasagna noodles according to the directions on the package.
  • Grease a lasagna dish with butter.
  • Spread ¼-cup of bechamel on the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Layer 3 to 4 lasagna noodles over the bechamel sauce. Spoon some meat sauce over the noodles, then spoon some bechamel sauce over the meat.
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and dot with butter.
  • Repeat the layers until all the ingredients have been used up, ending with bechamel sauce over the top layer.
  • Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until browned on top and bubbly.
  • Remove from the oven and let the lasagna rest for 15 minutes before cutting and serving.

Notes

  • To Make Ahead: You can fully assemble the lasagna and refrigerate it for up to 2 days prior to serving. When ready, bake it straight from the fridge at 400° for 55-60 minutes or until it’s nicely browned and thoroughly cooked.
  • Storage: Transfer the lasagna to an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Recipe Adapted from The Silver Spoon D’Onofrio, Clelia and Giovanna Mazzocchi. The Silver Spoon. New York: Phaidon Press, 2005. Print.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 125mg | Potassium: 437mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 4105IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 1.1mg

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33 Comments

  1. Catalina says:

    The Lasagna Bolognese was amazing! Making the Bolognese sauce from scratch really made a difference in flavor!

    1. Katerina says:

      I’m glad to hear that the Lasagna Bolognese turned out amazing, especially with the homemade Bolognese sauce! Thank YOU! 🙂

  2. Janelle says:

    Wow, this was a new take on lasagna for me. It turned out great and we’re planning to do it again! YUM!

    1. Katerina says:

      That’s fantastic to hear you enjoyed this new take on lasagna and are planning to make it again! I’m glad it turned out great. Thank YOU! 🙂

  3. Erin | Dinners, Dishes and Dessert says:

    Comforting and delish! Definitely making this again for dinner!

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      That’s great to hear! I’m glad you found the recipe comforting and delicious! Thank YOU! 🙂

  4. Sandra says:

    Glad I found this recipe! This is my family’s new favorite!

    1. Katerina says:

      That’s wonderful to hear! It’s always great when a new recipe becomes a family favorite. 🙂

  5. Gina says:

    This is the ULTIMATE comfort food – it was a huge hit!

    1. Katerina says:

      That’s awesome to hear it was a hit and so comforting! Thank YOU! 🙂

  6. April says:

    My oldest has been begging for lasagna lately, so I made this recipe – well worth every second spent in the kitchen, it was absolutely amazing!

    1. Katerina says:

      I’m thrilled that the lasagna turned out so well and was worth the effort, especially since your oldest had been looking forward to it! Thank YOU! 🙂

  7. Melissa says:

    Wonderful recipe! My family was raving over it! I have it oinned to make again!

    1. Katerina says:

      That’s fantastic to hear your family loved the recipe and that you’re planning to make it again!

  8. Olenka says:

    This is my favorite sauce. Tastes great over vegies with dinner and is super fast and easy to make!

  9. Erin says:

    I agree that bechamel is so the best way to go when it comes to lasagna, the first time i made it for my mom and my boyfriend, my mom literally threw her lasagna recipe away! WOW!
    in my bechamel sauce, i add smoe freshly grated nutmeg and some cayenne. the nutmeg really makes it EXTRA delicious 🙂 i also agree red wine in a sauce is amazing. have you ever used oven ready noodles? not only are they so easy, but i feel they make the lasagna extra creamy! and lastly, the tomato sauce i make for my lasagne takes about 4 hours, so when i make it, i make a day of it. i end up making at least 2 and freezing all but that nights. it freezes very well, tastes very fresh when cooked and is an amazing timesaver!

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Hi, Erin!

      Thanks for sharing your bechamel recipe! I am definitely going to add some nutmeg and cayenne the next time around!
      What’s your tomato sauce recipe? 😉

      I have yet to use oven ready noodles, but a lot of people say that they are great!

  10. PolaM says:

    Thank you for using bechamel! Nothing makes a lasagna better than bechamel! BTW have you ever tried substituting white wine with red? I find it improves the sauce by a lot!

    1. Kate@Diethood says:

      I will most definitely try it with red wine – thank you for the suggestion Pola!! xo