My Lasagne Bolognese

I know I should already post a Christmassy recipe and pictures when Christmas is here in only 7 days. How many? 7 days? Ok, now I am panicking! It is just one week! Whee... And no snow in London! Just imagine it. Everybody on twitter writes about white fields and gardens and posts pictures of snow. And here? Nothing! Well, to be completely honest, I saw several snow flakes yesterday, but they had all melted sooner than I took out my camera! Just have a look, this is it, the London snow :)

However I am still positive about the snow in London. This is how it looked here last year in February.

I loved it and I really enjoyed it! But not everybody did. Because there were no buses, trains and tube going for almost two days! The whole city turned into a sleeping kingdom.

But let's get back to my today's post. The lasagne bolognese.

I cooked the lasagne during my "off-line period", that is to say one week without the Internet at home! Do not worry, I survived, though it was not easy! :) This was about two weeks ago. Time goes so fast! I found the photos of the lasagne yesterday, and I thought it would deserve to write a post about it because it was sooooo delicious. I ate similar lasagne when P. and I visited our friends in Finland this year. I loved it. Just two weeks later I emailed our friend, asking her for a recipe. My recipe is a combination of a classical lasagne bolognese and our friends' recipe.

My lasagne Bolognese
Serves 6

2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, grated
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp dried oregano
2 bay leaves
2 tbsp tomato puree
500g minced beef
100ml red wine
2x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
125g Philadelphia with garlic & herbs
2 tbsp fresh basil leaves, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the white sauce
50g butter
50g plain flour
1l milk
200g Cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1 pack of lasagne sheets
2 tomatoes, sliced
40g Parmesan cheese, grated

1. In a large pan heat the olive oil, and sauté the onion, carrot and garlic for 2 minutes. Add the dried oregano, bay leaves and season with salt and freshly grated pepper. Fry the onion for another 5 minutes or until softened. Add the tomato puree and let it cook for a minute.

2. Stir in the meat, and cook until all the meat browned nicely. Add the wine, stir and let the alcohol cook off. Finally add the chopped tomatoes and simmer for another 5 minutes. Take it off the heat and mix with the Philadelphia. Discard the bay leaves.

3. For the sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan, add the flour and stir. Turn the heat down to absolute minimum and add a 1/4 of the milk, whisking quickly to prevent any lumps forming. If it thickens too fast, take the pan off the heat and add more milk. Add the rest of the milk gradually, whisking as you go.

4. Add the nutmeg and let it simmer for another 10 minutes, stirring often to prevent burning. Finally add the grated Cheddar cheese and stir well until smooth and fully incorporated. Turn off the heat.

5. Preheat the oven to 180C.

6. Cover the bottom of a baking dish with the cheese sauce and place pasta sheets on top. Spoon the meat sauce onto the pasta and spread evenly. Now add the cheese sauce on top of the meat. Repeat until all the meat and cheese sauce is used, reserving a little cheese sauce for the last layer. Add the last layer of pasta and cover with the remaining cheese sauce. Put the sliced tomatoes on top and finished with grated Parmesan cheese.

7. Bake for 30-35 minutes.


  1. Sounds yummy, better than my version! I better try this next time I make lasagne!
    Cheers from Finland ;D

  2. Sari, I really like your version of an Italian classic. The addition of Philadelphia to the meat sauce is quite clever :-) I might add to the sliced tomatoes a slice of garlic, yum!
    Nomenclature wise, I would call the white sauce a sauce Mornay, just to be precise. Yeah I know, I can be pedantic at times lol

  3. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Lasagna is my absolute favourite meal in the whole world and those pictures - oh my goodness!!! They make me want to lick the screen clean. Divine!

  4. You know what will happen, right? Once it is christmas everything here will be melted and London will be covered in snow instead... Now you're not gonna be there, but still... I would be sad if that happens... :) I love your lasagna! In fact any good lasagne I love dearly!

  5. Sarka! You've got me starving at 8pm tonight and there's no way i can make this now! Looks so gratifying! Love the presentation!

  6. I'm determined to make pasta at least once a week in the New Year.....and this is one to the line up!

  7. Mmm, lasagna - I love it! Yours looks just divine! I am also feeing some guilt about having posted absolutely no Christmas-related stuff on my blog but I'm hiding behind the excuse that I've been on holiday ;-) Also wish we could have a white Christmas but outside my window it all seems to have melted, apart from the sheet ice that makes the walk to the station soooo interesting... Have a fabulous Christmas!

  8. wow great lasagne and great pictures lovely blog you have

    Merry Christmas


  9. Your lasagne sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

  10. What a delicious looking lasagne and stunning photos!!

  11. Oh my, that Lasagne looks delicious - I love the way you garnished it with little basil leaves. Too bad about no snow in London - I love the white Christmas feeling. Don't worry - no snow in Australia too! LOL!

  12. A scrumptious looking lasagna!

    Your shots are so beautiful!

    Happy New Year!



  13. Ooh love the pictures of snow. Stunning! I wish I could live that at least once! And that lasagna looks luscious - truly perfect lasagna!

  14. dato il post, te lo scrivo in italiana....davvero buona questa lasagna!

  15. This looks delicious. I'm craving this. Not good...dinner is hours away. :)