ITALIAN NEAPOLITAN LASAGNA

From the test kitchen of Dotty's Diner this is our amazing simple recipe for Lasagna.  Can be assembled the day before.  Serves 10 to 12


9 cooked Lasagna noodles 9
Meat Sauce
Bechamel Sauce
2 - 3 cups Grated Mozzarella cheese 250 - 375 mL
1/2 cup Freshly grated Reggiano-Parmigiano (divided) 125 mL

MEAT SAUCE
1 tbsp Olive Oil 15 mL
1 cup Finely chopped onion 250 mL
4 Large garlic clove, minced or finely chopped 4
1/2 cup Red or yellow pepper chopped in small pieces 125 mL
1/2 lb Lean Ground beef 250 g
1/2 lb Lean ground veal 250 g
1/2 lb Lean ground pork 250 g
2, 28 oz cans Crushed or Chopped Tomatoes 2, 540  mL can
1-1/2 cups Crushed or pureed Tomatoes 375  mL
5.5 oz can Tomato paste 156  mL
4 oz Dry red wine 120g
1 tsp Salt 5 mL
1/4 tsp Pepper 1 mL
1 tbspSugar 15 mL
2 tspDried Oregano 10 mL
1 tspDried Basil 5 mL

Microwave Bechamel Sauce
2 tbsp Butter 30 g
2 tbsp All purpose flour 30 g
1 cup Milk (2% or whole) 250 mL
1/8 tsp Nutmeg .5 mL
Salt & Pepper, to taste

Meat Filling
Heat oil in a large pot or skillet; add onion, red pepper, garlic, ground beef, ground veal and ground pork, stir to break up meat and cook over medium heat until meat in no longer pink. Drain excess fat. Add remaining ingredients and stir well.  Simmer about 30 minutes.  .

Bechamel Sauce
In a microwave safe 1 guart measuring cup or bowl, melt butter on high for 15 to 20 seconds. Stir in flour until blended and smooth. Stir in milk, salt and pepper and nutmeg.

Microwave on high for about 2 minutes, stirring every 15-20 seconds. until thick and no floury taste.


Preheat the oven to 350°F [180C]

Assemble
In a 9x13x2 inch  [23x31x5 cm], spread a thin layer of sauce. Layer in this order, 3 noodles,  thin layer of bechamel sauce, about a handful of mozzarella cheese and 1 cup of the meat sauce. Repeat layers ending with sauce. Top with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover tightly with greased foil annd place pan on a large cookie sheet. Bake for 1 hour.  Uncover and cook for 20 minutes longer or until top is golden and lasagna bubbling.  Remove from oven and let it sit for 15 minutes before cutting.

 


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