WHAT IS A CLASSIC LASAGNA?
This baked Italian pasta dish is what a true carnivore would want for their birthday cake. Classic lasagna consists of wide sheets pasta layered on top of one another. But instead of a fruit filling between each layer of cake, you’ve got a triple-decker meat, cheese and pasta sandwich! A classic, this Napolitan recipe has stood the test of both time and picky Italian pasta eaters.
SUGGESTIONS WHEN MAKING A CLASSIC LASAGNA
- Three Steps to Better Lasagna
Lasagna is a classic dish that is as much American as it is Italian. To make a truly great lasagna you need to do a few things: the first is to start with a creamy Bechamel sauce—that is a roux-milk sauce, the second is to make an excellent Bolognese sauce and the last is to use only one type of cheese and that cheese is Parmesan Reggiano.
- To Beef or Not To Beef?
True Bolognese sauce is made with a combination of ground beef and ground pork but you can choose to use only one or the other, or even to lighten up the dish by using ground turkey. Pancetta, the fatty Italian bacon, is a key flavoring in Bolognese but you can also use turkey bacon—if you do, go for an uncurled variety for best taste.
- Seriously Authentic
If you want to get really hardcore, make your own lasagna noodles. You’ll need to follow our recipe here and a good pasta maker.
WHAT PAIRS WELL WITH A CLASSIC LASAGNA?
Well, not more starch like bread or rice, that is for sure. You need something that will either contrast or cut through all that greasy and cheese fat and starch. Look either to a refreshing side salad or some VERY lightly sauteed vegetables. In terms of beverages, there is a whole army of flavor assaulting your mouth here. So either go with a taste drink that can hold its own (like beer, cider or a strong and spicy red Italian Chianti) or stick with some nice sparkling water. (written by Chef Stef)