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Bolognese Lasagna with Porcini-Ricotta Filling

Makes: 12 servings
Prep 1 hr 15 mins Bake 350° 50 mins Stand 20 mins
Bolognese Lasagna with Porcini-Ricotta Filling
Ingredients
  • 8  ounces  bulk Italian sausage
  • 8  ounces  ground beef
  • 1  cup  chopped onion (1 large)
  • 1/2  cup  finely chopped carrot (1 medium)
  • 1/2  cup  chopped green sweet pepper (1 small)
  • 1/4  cup  chopped celery
  • 3  ounces  pancetta or bacon, chopped
  • 4  cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 28  ounce can  crushed tomatoes
  • 1 6  ounce can  tomato paste
  • 1/2  cup  dry red wine or chicken broth
  • 1/4  cup  snipped fresh basil or 1 tablespoon dried basil, crushed
  • 2  tablespoons  snipped fresh oregano or 2 teaspoons dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  ground black pepper
  • 1/2  cup  whole milk
  • 15  dried lasagna noodles
  • 1  recipe  Porcini-Parmesan Sauce
  • 1  cup  finely shredded Parmesan cheese (4 ounces)
  •  Snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
Directions

1. For meat sauce, in a 4-quart Dutch oven cook sausage, ground beef, onion, carrot, sweet pepper, celery, pancetta, and garlic over medium-high heat until meat is brown and onion is tender, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks. Drain off fat.

2. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, wine, dried basil and oregano (if using), salt, and black pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in milk and fresh basil and oregano (if using).

3. Meanwhile, cook lasagna noodles according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain again.

4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. To assemble, spread about 1 cup of the meat sauce in the bottom of an ungreased 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Top with three of the noodles and 2 cups of the meat sauce. Top with three more noodles and half of the Porcini-Parmesan Sauce. Repeat layering noodles, meat sauce, noodles, and Porcini-Parmesan Sauce. Top with the remaining three noodles and the remaining meat sauce.

5. Place lasagna in a foil-lined shallow baking pan; cover lasagna with foil. Bake for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 20 to 30 minutes more or until heated through. Let stand for 20 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with parsley.

Porcini-Parmesan Sauce

Yield: 4 1/2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1  ounce  dried porcini mushrooms
  • 4  cloves  garlic, minced
  • 3  tablespoons  butter
  • 3  tablespoons  all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2  cups  whole milk
  • 1/2  cup  dry white wine or chicken broth
  • 1 15  ounce carton  ricotta cheese
  • 1  cup  finely shredded Parmesan cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1/4  cup  snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
  • 1/4  cup  snipped fresh basil
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
Directions

1. In a small bowl combine mushrooms and enough boiling water to cover. Let stand for 10 minutes; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain again. Chop mushrooms; set aside.

2. In a large saucepan cook and stir garlic in butter over medium heat for 30 seconds. Stir in flour until combined. Slowly stir in milk and wine or chicken broth (milk may curdle if using wine, but sauce will appear smooth when finished). Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat. Stir in mushrooms, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, parsley, basil, and salt. Makes about 4 1/2 cups.

Nutrition Facts (Bolognese Lasagna with Porcini-Ricotta Filling)
  • Servings Per Recipe 12,
  • cal. (kcal) 487,
  • Fat, total (g) 25,
  • chol. (mg) 72,
  • sat. fat (g) 12,
  • carb. (g) 39,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 8,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 2,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 0,
  • fiber (g) 4,
  • sugar (g) 8,
  • pro. (g) 24,
  • vit. A (IU) 2138,
  • vit. C (mg) 19,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 5,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 105,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 1,
  • sodium (mg) 977,
  • Potassium (mg) 745,
  • calcium (mg) 353,
  • iron (mg) 4,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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