Lasagna 2.0

Last night as I was coming home from a night out, to my surprise and for the first time this season it started snowing in Zagreb. It didn’t take long until all the streets and rooftops of the houses around me were covered in snow, it was like a miracle. So the next day when I woke up, I thought I must’ve been dreaming, jumped out of bed and looked  through my window, and it was there, everything was covered in a white blanket. It didn’t last long as the temperatures got higher, but the time it did, got my hopes up that we could finally have a white Christmas after years of hoping.

On a day like the one we had today here in Zagreb, there’s only one thing you can turn to – comfort food!.. and Lasagna is just that, like a textbook example of what comfort food should be. Not just that, it’s actually been some time since I last made Lasagna, and I’ve been craving it for days now.  I’m sharing this recipe in hopes that you will give it a try, and enjoy some Lasagna on a lazy weekend while spending time with the people you love, or bingeing on your favourite TV shows. I wish you an amazing weekend with lots of delicious food and fun times!

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Enjoy & happy cooking!


Preparation: 35 min

Cook time: 1 h

Servings: 4


Ingredients

  • 20 lasagna noodles

Lasagna beef – tomato sauce:

  • 800 g ground beef
  • 100 g bacon, chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 450 g crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp Tabasco sauce
  • 200 g tomato sauce
  • pinch of sugar
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tsp parsley
  • 320 g Mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 200 g Parmesan cheese, grated

Bechamel sauce:

  • 40 g butter
  • 200 g all-purpose flour
  • 750 ml milk
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • Salt & pepper to taste

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How to

  1. Melt butter in a medium sauce pan over low heat. Add flour and simmer until light brown. Remove from heat. Heat milk in a large pot seasoned with salt, pepper and nutmeg. When it starts to boil add flour & butter mixture and stir. Cook until you get a thick sauce.
  2. Place bacon in a large pan and fry it over medium heat. When the bacon is crispy add onion and pressed garlic and let it simmer for a few minutes. Add ground beef and stir, cook over medium heat. When the meat is cooked add tomato paste, tomato sauce, Tabasco sauce and crushed tomatoes. Season with a pinch of sugar, chopped basil, salt, pepper and parsley. Cook the sauce for about 10 minutes, until you get a rich flavourful sauce.
  3. Preheat the oven to 200° C.
  4. You can use these medium-sized ceramic bowls as I did, or you can use a large baking tray. Nevertheless the process is the same. Spread some Bechamel sauce over the bowl, next place lasagna noodles over it so they cover the whole bowl. Spread some beef-tomato sauce over the lasagna and Bechamel sauce over it again. Repeat the process one more time so you have layers in this order: Bechamel-lasagna noodle-beef sauce-Bechamel-lasagna noodle-beef sauce-Bechamel sauce-lasagna noodle. Finally spread the last layer of beef sauce-Bechamel and cover them with lasagna noodles. Cover the lasagna with Mozzarella cheese and grated Parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven covered with aluminum foil for the first 25 min. Then remove the foil and bake for another 25 min until golden and crispy and so rich in flavour. Serve warm & enjoy!

 

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27 Comments Add yours

  1. julie says:

    Bacon in lasagna? Brilliant!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefkreso says:

      It gives that smokey flavour, I just love it, have to balance the flavours and that’s it! 😀

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  2. Looks perfect! We just got our first snow today here in NJ also!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Our snow here in Zagreb lasted one morning, hoping that the next one will stick around just a bit longer 😀 Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Lazanje su vrh! 😀

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  3. Perfect comfort food for a cold winterday! Great idea to use tabasco to add some extra flavor.

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    1. chefkreso says:

      It really is and the Tabasco gives it that tasty kick, love making Lasagna! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Me too, thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  4. MaKupsy says:

    Oh my days! I don’t know why I always bump into food posts so early in the morning before I’ve had my breakfast! Lovely post and the recipe is easy to follow, will certainly be trying this out soon.

    Fitness Bae | http://www.fitnessbaeblog.wordpress.com

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you very much, happy to hear that! Hope everything turns out as delicious as it turned out for me and my family, and I wish you happy cooking! 😀

      Liked by 1 person

      1. MaKupsy says:

        Anytime Chef and thank you for sharing this.

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  5. My Real Dish says:

    I’ve never thought of bacon in lasagna!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefkreso says:

      It really gives an amazing flavors to the whole dish, you have to give it a try, thanks for stopping by!

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  6. We are lasagna lovers here! This looks really nice! 🙂 Thank you for sharing

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you very much for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. I love lasagna! This sounds like an awesome recipe for it.

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thanks, it’s the recipe just like my sister showed me when I was a kid.. 😀

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  8. Farrah Renee says:

    Where can I get these noodles?!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefkreso says:

      Here we have them in each store, but if you don’t I’ll be sharing a recipe for them soon so stay tuned! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Lasagne is one of those dishes… Everyone loves no matter where we are from. This lasagne looks perfect. we Looks delicious

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Agreed 100%, thanks for stopping by and checking the recipe out!

      Like

  10. Bechamel, bacon AND garlic? I think Iove you, Chef! I do a pretty mean lasagna myself,, but I gotta try this one!

    Quick question…I can seem to find a “follow by email” option on this blog. Is there one?

    Thanks,

    ~Chef Perry

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thanks! It’s an amazing combo I must admit..

      I don’t think that there is a follow by email option yet, but as soon as I transfer my blog to WordPress.org and a new host service there will be.. 🙂

      Krešo

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  11. La Cafeina says:

    I love this! I’ve use bacon or lardon in various dishes when I’m starting out to add flavour but I don’t think I would have thought about using it in lasagna. Great!!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thanks so much, give it a try and tell me how it turns out 🙂

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