Simple and Elegant Lasagna
This was so easy and took maybe 30 minutes to throw together. My husband said this may be the best thing I’ve ever made. Just a few quality ingredients make this dish simple yet elegant. I may make this for our next dinner guests. YUM!
4 fresh lasagna noodles (not dried)
3 links hot Italian sausage
3 cups simple tomato sauce (marinara, I used san marzano- or make your own)
4 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup or more to taste grated Parmigiano Reggiano, plus, 4 tbsp for topping
Cook lasagna noodles 2 minutes, drain and set aside.
Over medium high heat, brown sausage (remove from casings) and break up into small pieces. Add tomato sauce. Bring to simmer.
In a small sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat. Sprinkle flour and stir quickly with a whisk until mixture turns a golden color. Gradually add milk (may need to remove from heat time to time to avoid clumps) and keep whisking until all milk is added and mixture is smooth. Add cheese and combine until smooth.
Take one noodle and define into thirds. On first third, spoon 1/8 meat mixture. Add 1/8 béchamel sauce. Fold noodle over and repeat. Fold over top, and top with a drizzle of béchamel and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon cheese. Repeat with remaining noodles.
Gently lift individual lasagna and place into a large baking dish (or prepare in a large baking dish and skip having to move it). I baked at 375 for 10 minutes or so and then put broiler on high and let the cheese slightly brown. Remove and let stand 5 minutes. Enjoy!