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Lasagna Bolognese

Lasagna Bolognese

Author of "What's Gaby Cooking" Gaby Dalkin is making a delicious Italian dish with a homemade basil vinaigrette.
Ingredients for Lasanga Bolognese
  • 4 ounces (115 g) pancetta, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1 medium stalk celery with leaves, minced
  • 1 small carrot, minced
  • 6 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 pound (455 g) ground pork
  • 1 pound (455 g) ground beef
  • ⅔ cup (165 ml) dry red wine
  • 1 cup (240 ml) milk
  • 1 (28-ounce/ 840-g) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup (240 ml) tomato sauce
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 12 no-cook lasagna sheets (9 ounces)
  • 1 pound (455 g) ricotta cheese
  • 1 pound (455 g) whole-milk low-moisture shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup (50 g) shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Basil Vinaigrette (*recipe included)
Ingredients for Basil Vinaigrette (Makes 1 cup)
  • 1 shallot, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups (80 g) tightly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup (120 ml) olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • Freshly cracked black pepper

Directions for Lasagna Bolognese

1. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat.

2. Add the pancetta and cook, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon for 5 minutes (or until
some of the fat renders)

3. Add the onion, celery, and carrot and cook for another 6-7 minutes, until the vegetables are
softened and fragrant

4. Add the garlic, oregano, and basil and stir to combine

5. Add the ground meats and cook, stirring frequently, until deep brown in color

6. Add the wine, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the wine
has reduced by half, about 5 minutes

7. Stir in the milk, crushed tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Bring to a simmer over medium-high
heat and then reduce to a simmer, cooking uncovered for about 1 hour, until the sauce
resembles a thick, meaty stew

8. Season with salt and pepper

9. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F

10. Pour a thin layer of the meat sauce over a 9 by 13 inch baking dish

11. Top with 6 of the pasta sheets and another thin layer of meat sauce

12. Spoon on half of the ricotta for the next layer, followed by a layer of half of the mozzarella
and half of the Parmesan.

13. Slather the top with the basil vinaigrette.

14. Add a final layer of pasta and the remaining meat sauce

15. Finish with the remaining ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheeses

16. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly.

17. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before serving

Directions for Vinaigrette

1. In a high-powered blender, combine the shallot, basil, garlic, red pepper flakes, oil, vinegar, and salt and blend for 1-2 minutes until very smooth

2. Add the salt and season with pepper

3. The dressing will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days

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