Learn how to make flavorful homemade Italian meatballs for your next baked pasta recipe. Watch as we show you how to form perfectly shaped meatballs plus storage secrets.
8 - ounces bulk Italian sausage
8 - ounces ground beef
1 - cup chopped onion (1 large)
1/2 - cup finely chopped carrot (1 medium)
1/2 - cup chopped green sweet pepper (1 small)
1/4 - cup chopped celery
3 - ounces pancetta or bacon, chopped
4 - cloves garlic, minced
1 - 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 - 6 ounce can tomato paste
1/2 - cup dry red wine or chicken broth
1/4 - cup snipped fresh basil or 1 tablespoon dried basil
2 - tablespoons snipped fresh oregano or 2 teaspoons dried oregano, crushed
1/2 - teaspoon salt
1/4 - teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 - cup whole milk
15 - dried lasagna noodles
1 - recipe Porcini-Parmesan Sauce
1 - cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
(4 ounces) - Snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
For meat sauce, in a 4-quart Dutch oven cook sausage, ground beef, onion, carrot, sweet pepper, celery, pancetta, and garlic over medium-high heat until meat is brown and onion is tender, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks. Drain off fat.
Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, wine, dried basil and oregano (if using), salt, and black pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in milk and fresh basil and oregano (if using).
Meanwhile, cook lasagna noodles according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain again.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. To assemble, spread about 1 cup of the meat sauce in the bottom of an ungreased 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Top with three of the noodles and 2 cups of the meat sauce. Top with three more noodles and half of the Porcini-Parmesan Sauce. Repeat layering noodles, meat sauce, noodles, and Porcini-Parmesan Sauce. Top with the remaining three noodles and the remaining meat sauce.
Place lasagna in a foil-lined shallow baking pan; cover lasagna with foil. Bake for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 20 to 30 minutes more or until heated through. Let stand for 20 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with parsley.
ounce dried porcini mushrooms
cloves garlic, minced
tablespoons all-purpose flour
cups whole milk
cup dry white wine or chicken broth
15 ounce carton ricotta cheese
cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
cup snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
cup snipped fresh basil
In a small bowl combine mushrooms and enough boiling water to cover. Let stand for 10 minutes; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain again. Chop mushrooms; set aside.
In a large saucepan cook and stir garlic in butter over medium heat for 30 seconds. Stir in flour until combined. Slowly stir in milk and wine or chicken broth (milk may curdle if using wine, but sauce will appear smooth when finished). Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat. Stir in mushrooms, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, parsley, basil, and salt. Makes about 4 1/2 cups.
Nutrition Facts (Bolognese Lasagna with Porcini-Ricotta Filling)
Per serving: 487 kcal cal., 25 g fat (12 g sat. fat, 2 g polyunsaturated fat, 8 g monounsatured fat), 72 mg chol., 977 mg sodium, 39 g carb., 4 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 24 g pro. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet