Perfect your pasta bake skills with our tips for the ultimate lasagne. This classic Italian dish can easily be made ahead for a dinner party or family meal.
Ditch the ready meals and learn how to make a classic lasagne from scratch. With good-quality ingredients and a little time and patience, you can achieve the ultimate comfort food crowd-pleaser. Our next level version uses a few special tweaks to boost the flavour and texture, resulting in a feast fit for a dinner party.
We recommend using not one but three types of Italian cheese, each of which brings a different element to the dish. Parmesan adds flavour, creamy mascarpone enriches the sauce and chunks of mozzarella form irresistibly melty layers. You can go one step further and toast gratings of parmesan to be sprinkled over the top ahead of serving.
Up the luxe factor by infusing the white sauce with wild mushrooms, which provide a complementary flavour for the beef. Give the meat sauce a boozy kick with a generous measure of full-bodied red wine.
It's important that you don't add too much liquid to the sauce – lasagne shouldn't be a sloppy dish. Our recipe balances the quantities to deliver well-defined pasta layers while avoiding dryness.
Using the right ingredients can also make all the difference in this comforting classic. For the pasta sheets, we recommend using dried egg lasagne sheets, which are both richer and silkier than plain lasagne sheets. Although lasagne is typically a mince-based dish, it can be made using shredded, slow-cooked meat. Combine both by stewing small chunks of meat that don’t need shredding but add texture to the final result.
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