Lasagna Bolognese is a truly mouth-watering food. It’s quite similar to a traditional lasagna, which uses alternating layers of meat sauce and soft cheese, such as ricotta.
However, it is distinct. Lasagna Bolognese does not use any soft ricotta cheese, but instead consists of layers of lasagna noodles, layered with Bolognese sauce, béchamel, and a cheese such as mozzarella, providing it with a unique texture and flavor that’s distinct from traditional lasagna.
A Brief History Of Lasagna Bolognese
Lasagna traces its history back to Italy in the middle ages, and may have been inspired by an ancient Roman dish called lasana or lasanum. The first Italian recipe for Lasagna traces back to the 1390s. Lasagna is one of the most well-known ethnic Italian dishes, and is closely associated with the city of Naples – which is also the home of the Neapolitan pizza!
However, lasagna Bolognese is a more modern version of this dish. This is because the two key ingredients – Bolognese sauce and béchamel – were not invented in their modern form until the late 18th century. We don’t know exactly when this magical combination was invented – but we’re certainly glad that someone came up with it!
What Makes Lasagna Bolognese Special?
The spicy, savory Bolognese meat sauce is a key to the appeal of this type of lasagna. While you can use store-bought meat sauce, we highly recommend making your own. It’s time consuming, but well-worth it.
In addition, the creamy béchamel helps add a delicious flavor to the dish, and works with a cheese like mozzarella to provide a counterpoint to the savory, protein-rich Bolognese. And because there is no ricotta required, this is a great option for those of us who may not like soft cheeses.
Lasagna Bolognese Preparation Instructions
Below, we’ve put together a few different recipes for lasagna Bolognese.
Take a look at the above recipes, and see which one appeals to your cravings – then get started, and make this dish for yourself.
Lasagna Bolognese Variations
The most common variation of this dish is to replace the béchamel with alfredo sauce – this may not be traditional, but it results in a cheesy, garlicky, and delicious taste, so you may want to consider experimenting with it – you may just like it more than the original recipe!