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Lasagne alla Belmontese

Updated: Nov 1

A classic lasagne from Southern Italy.


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Lasagne is a special occasion constant across Italy. The regional variations are very different, and I find the differences interesting. I have a series of 4 regional lasagne: two meat and two vegetarian. This is the farthest south I go. Belmonte Castello is a small mountain village in Lazio, near Monte Cassino. The recipe was my mum's, from her mum, from her..etc, and is very similar to the lasagne alla napoletana; the main difference being this one uses ground meat instead of meatballs.


The other big difference is that southern lasagne only has 3 layers, whereas northern lasagne have about 5. The southern filling is much thicker.


In this series

Lasagne ai Spinaci

Lasagne all'Emiliana

Lasagne alla Ligure

INGREDIENTS

celery

carrot

garlic

pork mince

chopped tomatoes

tomato purée

oregano

mozzarella

ricotta (or Provola)

parmesan

eggs

salami di Napoli - or di Calabria

fresh Italian fennel sausage

dry lasagne sheets

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METHOD

  • Cook the lasagne in boiling water for around 4-5 minutes, then put it in ice cold water to stop it cooking

  • Lay the sheets out on dish cloths and cover them to dry

  • Wash, top and tail the carrot and chop very finely - don't peel carrots; there is so much goodness in them: a good scrub does the trick

  • Same goes for the celery - finely chopped

  • Finely slice the garlic

  • Heat olive oil in a pan and add the sofritto (the veg)

  • Add some salt, pepper, a touch of chilli flakes and stir

  • Cook for abut 15 minutes till it's soft

  • Add the pork mince, stir it through and cook till it's browned and the water from it is cooked off

  • Add the tomatoes - I wash out the tin in hot water and add that to the pan

  • Give it 10 minutes, then add a good squish of tomato purée

  • After 10 minutes, add the oregano

  • Cook it slowly for about 2 hours (Altogether now... the longer the cooking, the deeper the taste)

  • Meanwhile, heat some oil in a frying pan and cook the fresh sausage. Just 5 minutes on each side

  • Hard boil the eggs (I used 4)

  • Lasagne - Assemble!!

  • A bit of olive oil in your oven dish

  • A layer of the sauce (let's call it a sugo)

  • Layer of pasta

  • Layer of...

  • Sugo

  • Sausage

  • Eggs (hard-boiled and chopped up)

  • Mozzarella

  • Ricotta

  • Parmesan

  • Layer 2

  • Sugo-sausage-eggs-mozzarella-ricotta-parmesan

  • And the diced salami

  • Layer 3 - the top layer

  • Sugo-sausage-eggs-mozzarella-ricotta-salami

  • A good coating of Parmesan

  • 40 minutes at 180ºC

  • Southern lasagne is cut up as soon as it's out of the oven

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