Lasagne Alla Bolognese Saporite


This is the classic lasagne alla Bolognese recipe from the Emilia region in Northern Italy. The Bolognese sauce is made with a mixture of beef and pork mince. The addition of prosciutto, red wine, cinnamon, and nutmeg make it truly authentic.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 48 mins
Additional Time:
3 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 21 mins
8 servings


Bolognese Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 1 carrot, chopped

  • 1 shallot, minced

  • 3 ½ ounces prosciutto, chopped

  • 11 ounces ground pork

  • 11 ounces ground beef

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • salt to taste

  • 6 fluid ounces red wine

  • 21 ounces peeled San Marzano tomatoes

White Sauce:

  • 6 tablespoons butter

  • cup all-purpose flour

  • 3 ¼ cups milk

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

Lasagna Layers:

  • 11 ounces lasagna noodles

  • 2 ½ cups grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste


  1. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir onion, carrot, shallot, and prosciutto until onion is translucent and prosciutto releases some fat, about 10 minutes. Add pork and beef; season with 1 teaspoon nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt to taste. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until browned and crumbly, about 10 minutes.

  2. Pour red wine over meat mixture; increase heat and cook until wine evaporates, about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes and mix well; bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes break down and flavors of Bolognese sauce have combined, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

  3. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat; add flour. Whisk vigorously until mixture is smooth. Pour in milk and cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat until white sauce thickens enough to cover the back of a spoon, about 10 minutes; season with 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, salt, and pepper.

  4. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain and run under cold water to stop the cooking process. Lay noodles on a clean towel and pat dry.

  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  6. Pour a ladleful of Bolognese sauce and a ladleful of white sauce over the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish; top with 3 or 4 lasagna noodles. Cover noodles with 1/3 of the white sauce and 1/3 of the Bolognese sauce. Sprinkle some of the Parmesan cheese on top; cover with lasagna noodles. Repeat layers, ending with white sauce and Parmesan cheese.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until bubbling and top is golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes. Let stand 3 to 4 minutes before slicing.

Cook's Notes:

This lasagna is perfect to prepare in advance. Simply cool to room temperature after baking, then cover and keep in the fridge. Reheat in the oven until heated through, 10 to 20 minutes.

Bacon can be used in place of the prosciutto, if desired.

Passata (tomato puree) can be used in place of the San Marzano tomatoes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

694 Calories
38g Fat
48g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 694
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 38g 49%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Cholesterol 113mg 38%
Sodium 822mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 18%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 9mg 45%
Calcium 448mg 34%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 672mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.