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Jimmy's Lasagna Bolognese

Emeril Lagasse's Jimmy's Lasagna Bolognese

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Difficulty: Moderate
Cook Time: min

Lasagna is one of the most universally loved Italian dishes, but chefs love to work their own variations on this cheese and sauce classic.

Here is Emeril Lagasse's recipe for Lasagna Bolognese.


  • Bolognese Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6 strips bacon, diced
  • 1/4 pound ham, diced
  • 1/2 pound ground veal (or ground pork or 1/4 pound of each)
  • 1 1/2 cups onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1/4 pound mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Pinch dried cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • Béchamel Sauce
  • 4 1/2 cups milk
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Lasagna
  • 1 1/2 pound lasagna noodles.
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese (freshly grated)
  • Bolognese sauce
  • Béchamel sauce
  • Cooking Directions

    Bolognese Sauce

    In a large pot, heat the butter over medium-high heat.

    Add the bacon and ham and sauté until caramelized and light brown, about 10 minutes.

    Add the ground meats and cook over high heat until well browned, stirring constantly, about 20 minutes.

    Add the onions, carrots, celery and mushrooms and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.

    Add the garlic, cloves and nutmeg to the pan and cook for 2 minutes.

    Add the tomato paste and cook for an additional 2 minutes.

    Add the wine and cook until almost evaporated.

    Add the stock and simmer over medium-high heat until sauce is thickened and flavorful, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

    Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.

    Stir in the cream and parsley, and adjust seasoning if necessary. Set aside until ready to assemble lasagna.

    Béchamel Sauce

    In a saucepan, melt the butter over low heat and stir in the flour, stirring constantly until smooth, about 2 minutes.

    Slowly whisk the milk into the flour, stirring vigorously to blend together. Set over high heat and quickly bring to a boil for 1 minute stirring.

    Allow to cook another 5 minutes, or until floury taste is gone. Remove from the heat and add salt and nutmeg to taste.


    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

    Butter a large rectangular baking dish, then spoon ½ cup of meat sauce onto the bottom of the dish.

    Cover with one sheet of pasta.

    Top the lasagna with a layer of meat sauce (making certain that pasta is completely covered), a layer of béchamel sauce, then a light dusting of cheese.

    Repeat layering lasagna, sauces and cheese in this manner until all have been used, ending with a topping of béchamel sauce and cheese.

    Bake the lasagna covered with aluminum foil for 45 minutes, and then unwrap and return to the oven for 15 minutes to reach a golden brown.

    Allow to sit 10 minutes before serving.

    Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse, © 2000.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: bacon, ham, veal or pork, cloves, nutmeg

    Course: Casserole, Dinner, Main Course, Pasta, Vegetable

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