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Sloppy Lasagna

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
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Ingredients

2 pounds curly edge lasagna noodles

Salt

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 pounds ground beef, pork and veal mix

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 small carrot, grated or finely chopped

3 to 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated

2 fresh bay leaves

Freshly ground black pepper

2 pinches ground cinnamon

3 tablespoons tomato paste

1 cup white wine

1 (28-ounce) can San Marzano tomatoes

A handful basil leaves, torn

4 tablespoons butter

4 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 to 2 1/2 cups milk, eyeball the amount

Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste

1 1/2 cups grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

2 cups fresh ricotta cheese

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium heat. Break all of the pasta sheets into irregular, larger than single bite-sized pieces. Salt the water, then add the pasta and cook to a little shy of al dente. Drain and set aside in a large bowl.
  2. Heat the extra-virgin olive oil in a heavy bottomed pot or large skillet over medium heat. Add the meat, press it into an even layer and brown it for 3 to 4 minutes before moving. Turn the meat and add the onions and grated carrot. Stir and cook a few minutes to soften, then add the garlic, bay leaves, salt and pepper, to taste, and the cinnamon. Cook for a couple of minutes, then stir in the tomato paste, wait for 1 minute then add the wine. Reduce for a minute more, then add the tomatoes, breaking them up as you stir. Reduce the heat to a simmer and add the basil.
  3. While the sauce simmers, in a medium sauce pot, melt the butter over medium heat and whisk in the flour. Cook for 1 minute, then whisk in the milk and nutmeg, and season with salt, pepper, to taste. Let cook for a couple of minutes to thicken, then stir in 1/2 cup of the grated cheese and turn off the heat.
  4. Heat a broiler.
  5. Add the meat sauce to the bowl with the pasta and toss. Layer half of the pasta into a lasagna pan and scatter with dollops of fresh ricotta cheese. Top with remaining pasta. Pour the white sauce over the pasta and scatter the remaining 1 cup of the grated cheese over the top. Put under the broiler to brown and bubble. Remove from the broiler and serve.
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