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Lasagne Bolognese

lasagne 3Being forced to eradicate wheat from my diet has created the challenge to find a brand of gluten free pasta that satisfies my discerning palate. I expect gluten free pasta to be like, well,….pasta. Is that too much to ask?

Most brands are gluey, stick together in the pan and readily disintegrate. The mouth feel is stodgy and they have no flavour. I won’t name brand names, but the people who work in the product development labs within these manufacturers seriously need to taste real pasta, high quality pasta so they know what they are trying to emulate.

The wonderful people at “Farabella” in the Abruzzo region of Italy have succeeded in making a fair dinkum pasta that is gluten free using corn flour, rice flour and corn starch. Available in more than 22 short shapes, they also make spaghetti, lasagne sheets and canneloni tubes. It cooks perfectly to al dente without clumping or disintegrating, and the best part is it tastes like pasta!

I’d be hard pressed to pick this as a gluten free product in a blind tasting.

for the lasagnelasagne 1

Bolognese sauce, half this recipe

Bechamel sauce, recipe below

100g parmigiana reggiano

8 lasagne sheets (this may vary according to the size of your dish)

1 teaspoon dried oregano

Prepare the Bolognese sauce, this can be done the day before.

Prepare the bechamel sauce, then lay plastic wrap over the surface to prevent a skin from forming.lasagne 2

Cook the lasagne sheets in plenty of boiling salted water for the time specified by the manufacturer. Drain the pasta, then keep it in a bowl of iced water until ready to use.

Oil an shallow oblong ovenproof dish , or as I did, 2 small dishes.

Preheat the oven to 180C.

Spoon a small amount of bolognese sauce into the ovenproof dish and spread it thinly over the surface. This will prevent the bottom pasta sheet from sticking. Now layer the meat sauce and pasta sheets into the dish until it is full or you have run out of ingredients. Finish with a layer of bolognese sauce. Top the lasagne with a thick layer of cheesy bechamel, then scatter the surface with dried oregano.

Bake for approximately 40 minutes or until well browned on the top.lasagne 4

Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving with a crisp green salad and a glass of red wine.

bechamel sauce

60g butter

1/2 cup plain flour

600mls hot milk

Salt pepper and nutmeg

Melt the butter over a low heat, then add the flour and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring continuously. Gradually add the hot milk whisking vigorously with a wire whisk to prevent lumps from forming. Continue to whisk until the mixture thickens and comes to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the cheese then season to taste with sea salt, freshly ground black pepper and freshly grated nutmeg. The sauce is now ready to use.

About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

23 comments on “Lasagne Bolognese

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  2. StefanGourmet
    May 29, 2013

    Nice 🙂 I can’t imagine life without pasta, so I’m glad you found a brand you can eat!
    Did you know you can actually add all of the hot milk at once to the roux to make bechamel without getting lumps? You just need to whisk energetically.

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    • ladyredspecs
      May 29, 2013

      Yes it’s good to be able to enjoy pasta again, thanks for the tip with the bechamel making.

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  3. trixfred30
    May 27, 2013

    Lasagne is about the only thing I can get the whole family to sit down and eat – (although we use Quorn mince to accomodate the vegetarian – and it tastes just as good !)

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    • ladyredspecs
      May 27, 2013

      I have a really tasty all vegetable lasagne in my archive, check it out. We love lasagne too!

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  5. ohlidia
    May 24, 2013

    Your lasagne looks just perfect! I’ll have to look for Farabella, don’t think I’ve ever seen it. Thanks Sandra!

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  6. Fig & Quince
    May 23, 2013

    Ummm, comfort food in the best way. Yum!

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  7. Fae's Twist & Tango
    May 22, 2013

    Looks very delectable. 😛

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  8. ChgoJohn
    May 22, 2013

    Love that you found a good GF pasta and created this fantastic lasagna. I need to find Farabella products here. I’ve relatives who are going to love this. Thanks.

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    • ladyredspecs
      May 22, 2013

      Thanks John. Farabella GF pasta is well worth hunting out. There may be other decent brands but I’ve never found one!

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  9. tinywhitecottagetin
    May 22, 2013

    Looks so good! Farrabella…will have to do a little search to find some in my area. I would like to use a good gluten free pasta for lasagne. Thanks for the information.

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    • ladyredspecs
      May 22, 2013

      Happy to give truly outstanding products a little free promotion, spread the word. Farabella have a website, I’d shoot them an email and ask who imports their product into the USA, then go to then and see who they sell to in your area. Good Luck

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  10. richardmcgary
    May 22, 2013

    Thanks for the tip on gluten free pasta. I can eat gluten and do eat gluten but I have many friends who do not. I have tried several brands of gluten free pasta and they were terrible. I need to give this a try.

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    • ladyredspecs
      May 22, 2013

      Do, GF Farabella is a revealation in a sea of disgusting GF pasta

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  11. mittsandmeasures
    May 21, 2013

    This looks amazing! Thanks so much for the info and for sharing!

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    • ladyredspecs
      May 22, 2013

      It’s a pleasure. It’s rare for mr to feel I want to promote a commercial product, but GF Farabella pasta is simply outstanding.

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  12. chef mimi
    May 21, 2013

    Great post!

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  13. I love this

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