Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 8 ounces spicy italian sausage For Meatballs:

  2. 1 pound lean high-quality ground beef

  3. 1 garlic clove, minced

  4. 1/2 cup minced onion

  5. 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs

  6. 2 egg yolks

  7. 1 tablespoon minced parsley

  8. 1 tablespoon olive oil For Tomato Sauce:

  9. 1 tablespoon olive oil

  10. 2 garlic cloves, minced

  11. 1 onion , diced

  12. 3 1/2 cups crushed canned tomatoes (28-ounce can), with liquid

  13. 1/2 cup tomato paste

  14. 1/4 cup red wine

  15. 1/2 teaspoon honey , or sugar

  16. 1 tablespoon minced oregano

  17. 2 teaspoons dried mixed herbs, such as herbes de provence

  18. 2 bay leaves For White Sauce:

  19. 3 cups milk

  20. 1 bay leaf

  21. 4 cloves

  22. 2 large pearl onions or boiling onions , peeled

  23. 3 tablespoons butter

  24. 2 tablespoons sifted all-purpose flour Pinch of nutmeg For Lasagne:

  25. 8 ounces dried lasagne noodles

  26. 1 pound ricotta cheese

  27. 1 1/2 cups freshly grated parmesan cheese

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. FOR SAUSAGE: Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a nonstick sauté pan. Prick the sausages all over with a fork and sauté over medium heat until brown on all sides, about 5 or 6 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels; when cool enough, cut into slices, chop, and set aside. FOR MEATBALLS: In a mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, garlic, onion, bread crumbs, egg yolks, parsley, and oregano. Season with salt and pepper to taste and form into small meatballs, about the size of large olives; there should be about 30 meatballs. Heat the tablespoon of olive oil in the same sauté pan and cook the meatballs over medium-high heat until browned on all sides, about 5 or 6 minutes. Remove, drain on paper towels, and set aside. When cool, cut the meatballs in half. FOR TOMATO SAUCE: Heat the olive oil in a saucepan, add the garlic and onion, and sauté over medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, wine, honey, oregano, dried herbs, and bay leaves, stir well, and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper to taste, add the sausage and meatballs, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Remove the bay leaves. FOR WHITE SAUCE: Place the milk and bay leaf in a small saucepan. Stick 2 cloves in each onion, add to the pan, and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and let infuse for 20 minutes, uncovered. Strain, discarding the solids. Melt the butter in a separate saucepan and when it begins to bubble, add the flour. Stir together over medium heat to form a thick paste or roux. Gradually stir in the infused milk, bring to a boil, and simmer, stirring frequently, for 5 or 6 minutes. Season with nutmeg, and salt and pepper to taste. Keep warm. FOR LASAGNE: Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil and add the lasagne. Cook until just al dente , about 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and rinse the lasagne in cold water. Spread in a single layer on a wet towel to prevent it from sticking. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Using a lightly greased 9 by 12-inch baking dish, ladle in half of the white sauce and top with one-third of tomato sauce with meatballs and sausage. Cover with a layer of lasagne noodles, and then all of the ricotta, spreading it out gently and evenly. Cover with one-third of the tomato sauce and another layer of lasagne noodles. Top with the remaining white sauce and finally the remaining tomato sauce. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Bake the lasagne in the oven for about 40 minutes, until the top is golden and bubbly (cover with foil if the top browns too quickly). Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes before serving. WINE RECOMMENDATION: A hearty Italian wine such as Chianti Classico or Valpolicella, or a West Coast Pinot Noir. HELPFUL TIPS: If using smaller pans, just keep alternating the various layers until the ingredients are all used up. If you prefer a milder filling, use plain Italian sausage rather than the spicy type.


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