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Lasagna Bolognese with Bechamel Sauce

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 6
Calories 405 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium sized carrots , sliced into thin rounds
  • 2 small yellow onions , chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 to 1.5 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 fresh tomatoes , diced
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons butter
  • 9 to 12 lasagna noodles , cooked according to the directions on the package
  • Bechamel Sauce (recipe follows)
  • Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Bechamel Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan.
  2. Add sliced carrots and chopped onions and cook for 3 minutes; mix in the minced garlic and continue to cook for 2 more minutes.
  3. Add in meat and cook until browned, stirring occasionally.
  4. Pour in the wine and continue to cook for 10 minutes over medium heat.
  5. Stir in the chopped tomatoes, bring to a boil, then lower heat and continue to simmer for 15 minutes. Set aside.

Make the Bechamel Sauce

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

Preheat oven to 400.

  1. Cook the lasagna noodles.
  2. Grease an 8x11 lasagna dish with butter.
  3. Spread 1/4-cup of bechamel on the bottom of the dish.
  4. Layer 3 to 4 lasagna noodles.
  5. Spoon some meat sauce on top of noodles; then spoon some bechamel sauce on top of meat.
  6. Sprinkle with a bit of Parmesan cheese and dot with butter.
  7. Repeat the layers until all the ingredients have been used up, ending with bechamel sauce for the top layer.
  8. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes, or until browned on top and bubbly.
  9. Let rest for 15 minutes before cutting.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from The Silver Spoon D'Onofrio, Clelia and Giovanna Mazzocchi. The Silver Spoon. New York: Phaidon Press, 2005. Print.

WW SmartPoints: 14

Nutrition Facts
Lasagna Bolognese with Bechamel Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 405 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 125mg5%
Potassium 437mg12%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 4105IU82%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 127mg13%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.