Golden Crusted Baked Lasagna

Recipe Date: October 19, 2023
Difficulty: Medium
Measurements: Imperial (US)

This golden crusted lasagna is creamy, cheesy and packed with flavor. Use a 12 inch cast iron skillet if you plan to feed a crowd. You can also halve all recipes to make a 10-inch cast iron skillet or deep 9 x 13 ½ inch lasagna pan. Omit the turkey for a vegetarian version. Stir 3 cups finely-chopped, cooked spinach into the béchamel sauce for a nice addition, especially with the vegetarian version. Serves 10-12

Ingredients

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Recipe Ragu
  • 1 Recipe Béchamel Sauce
  • 1 package Egg Lasagna squares or 1 box No cook lasagna noodles
  • 8 ounces Italian Taleggio or Fontina cheese grated or diced depending on softness. Reserve ½ cup of cheese to sprinkle on top
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley for garnish

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil the baking dish.

2.To assemble the pasta layer as follows. Note: Use 50/50 ragu and béchamel on all layers except the top. Ladle ragu first and béchamel on top then swirl lightly with back of ladle.

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3. Cover pan tightly with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil and sprinkle with the ½ cup of reserved cheese. Keep pan uncovered. Increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees F and bake until golden and bubbling 20-30 minutes more.

Recipe: Meat and Mushroom Ragu

Recipe: Béchamel Sauce

Lasagne Squares may be purchased from The Vineyard Kitchen Larder.

Do-Ahead: Assemble through Step 2, cover and refrigerate Remove from fridge an hour before baking. Cover with foil and bake at 350 until heated to internal temp 130 degrees (1 1/2 hours approximately) remove foil and continue baking until golden on top.