Lasagne al forno recipe

By Angela Hartnett

  1. Serves 6
  2. Takes 2 3/4 hours to make and 50 minutes in the oven
  3. Rating

When Italians make a lasagne they use chopped steak, not mince, says Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett. Try this authentic recipe and you'll understand why

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Lasagne al forno


  1. 750g rump or chuck steak
  2. 2 tbsp olive oil
  3. 1 large carrot, finely diced
  4. 1 celery stick, finely diced
  5. 1 onion, finely diced
  6. 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  7. 1 tbsp tomato purée
  8. 50g butter
  9. 50g plain flour
  10. 568ml full-fat milk
  11. 100g Parmesan, coarsely grated
  12. 9 dried plain lasagne sheets
  13. Good bunch basil leaves


  1. 1. Trim and discard any fat from the steak, then cut the meat into very small dice and set aside. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the carrot, celery, onion and garlic and cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes, until the onion is translucent. Add the beef and cook for 5 minutes, stirring, until coloured all over. Stir in the tomato purée and cook for 1 minute. Add enough cold water (about 350ml) to just cover the meat and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook for 11/2 hours. Top up with water occasionally, if necessary. Uncover and simmer for 25-30 minutes, until you have a rich sauce. (Angela Hartnett’s tip: If you have a bottle open, add a splash of red wine after the tomato purée.)
  2. 2. When the bolognese is nearly ready, make the béchamel sauce. Melt the butter in a pan over a medium heat. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and gradually whisk in the milk. Return to the heat and bring to the boil, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat slightly and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring until thickened. Stir in 2 tablespoons Parmesan, season and set aside.
  3. 3. If you are using lasagne sheets that don’t need pre-cooking, go to step 4. But it’s more traditional to use sheets that need blanching. Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Drop a few sheets at a time into the water and cook for a few minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drop into iced water.
  4. 4. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan180°C/gas 6. Layer the lasagne. Spread a little of the béchamel sauce in the base of a deep, 2.25-litre ovenproof dish. Add 3 lasagne sheets in 1 layer, cutting them to fit your dish, if necessary. Add a third of the béchamel sauce, then top with half the meat. Scatter with torn basil and a little Parmesan. Make another layer of 3 lasagne sheets, then spread with a third of the béchamel, the rest of the meat and a little more basil and Parmesan. Add a final layer of 3 lasagne sheets and spread the rest of the béchamel on top. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan. Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes, then uncover and bake for 8-10 minutes until deep golden. (Angela Hartnett’s tip: Don’t let the foil touch the Parmesan – it will stick and pull it away.)

Nutritional info

Per serving: 516kcals, 25g fat (12.9g saturated), 41.2g protein, 33.6g carbs, 7.6g sugar, 0.8g salt

Wine Recommendation

Wine note: Try a fruity Italian red, such as Barbera or Dolcetto, or a French Côtes-du-Rhône.


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October 20

Hi I' m Alberto. I'm Italian. I love pasta and pizza. If you wont you find me in This is my blog where I write my family italian recipe. This web site have more good recipe and I love change my Italian flavors. Bye from Italy

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