Recipe

Lasagne bolognese

This is the way lasagne is traditionally made in Bologna ­ with chicken liver and milk in the sauce. You'll never go back to your old lasagne recipe again after you taste our version.

  • 2 hrs 30 mins cooking
  • Serves 6
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Lasagne bolognese

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 6 slice pancetta (90g), finely chopped
  • 1 large white onion (200g), finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot (120g), finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks (200g), trimmed, finely chopped
  • 1 kilogram beef mince
  • 150 gram chicken livers, trimmed, finely chopped
  • 2 cup (500ml) milk
  • 60 gram butter
  • 2 cup (500ml) beef stock
  • 1 cup (250ml) dry red wine
  • 410 gram can tomato puree
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh continental parsley
  • 6 sheets (300g) fresh lasagne
  • 2 cup (160g) finely grated parmesan
White sauce
  • 125 gram butter
  • 3/4 cup (110g) plain flour
  • 1.25 litre (5 cups) hot milk

Method

  • 1
    Heat oil in large heavy-based pan. Cook pancetta, stirring, until crisp. Add onion, carrot and celery and cook, stirring, until vegetables soften. Add beef and liver. Cook, stirring, until beef just changes colour. Stir in milk and butter. Cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid reduces to about half. Add stock, wine, tomato puree and tomato paste. Simmer, uncovered, for 1 1/2 hours. Remove from heat and stir in parsley.
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan forced. Grease a deep 26cm x 35cm baking dish with oil.
  • 3
    To make the white sauce, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add flour, stirring, until mixture forms a smooth paste. Stir in milk gradually. Bring to the boil, stirring, until sauce boils and thickens.
  • 4
    Spread 1/2 cup of the white sauce over base of the dish. Layer two pasta sheets, one-quarter of the meat sauce, 1/4 cup of the cheese and 1 cup of the remaining white sauce in the dish. Repeat layering, starting with pasta sheets and ending with white sauce, until you have a total of 4 layers. Top with remaining cheese.
  • 5
    Bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes or until top is slightly browned. Stand for 15 minutes before cutting.

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