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Lasagna with White Sauce

I'm an old-fashioned country cook and I love preparing simple recipes like this lasagna. White sauce, tomatoes and beef are kitchen staples I normally keep on hand, so it's simple to make this dish on weeknights. —Angie Price, Bradford, Tennessee
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • WHITE SAUCE:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1-1/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 10 to 12 uncooked lasagna noodles
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink, breaking it into crumbles; drain. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, bouillon and seasonings. Cover and cook over medium-low heat 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a large saucepan; stir in the flour, salt and pepper until blended. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in half the cheese; set aside.
  • Pour half the meat sauce into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Layer with half the lasagna noodles and remaining meat sauce. Top with remaining noodles. Pour white sauce over noodles. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • Cover and bake at 400° until bubbly and noodles are tender, 40 minutes. If desired, uncover and broil 5-6 inches from heat until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley as desired.

Lasagna with White Sauce Tips

Why is my lasagna watery?

To avoid watery lasagna, make sure your noodles are drained properly before layering. Once they are cooked and drained, do not rinse with water but immediately place in a single layer on a lightly oiled tray. This will allow the sauce to cling to the starches on the noodle. Be sure to check out these sauce thickening tips if the white sauce is too thin for your liking.

How many layers should the lasagna be?

Most lasagna recipes have layers of noodles, sauce and cheese-and-meat filling. At a minimum, you should have two layers of each to make a delicious lasagna.

Does traditional lasagna have bechamel?

Yes, traditional lasagna contains bechamel! It's actually one of the French mother sauces. But over time, people have turned to ricotta or cottage cheese as a replacement for the bechamel sauce.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 232 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 639mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 14g protein.

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