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Skillet Lasagna Bolognese

Skillet Lasagna Bolognese
The longer I sit on a post, the longer it never gets published.  What did it take to publish this sensational skillet lasagna Bolognese. Apparently, a lot!! I cook every night for my kids. Can I tell you how often I make a pasta dish? Very often. There aren’t too many pasta dishes that create excitement as this skillet lasagna Bolognese!!



It does take a little work. I won’t pretend that it doesn’t and that it’s something you just whip up. Well, actually, it could be!! You could make this lasagna in steps. Like, prepare the meat sauce the day before. Prepare the besciamella (cream sauce)the night before). I have made and had lasagna many times with ricotta cheese. But there is nothing that compares with the dreamy texture of a homemade besciamella sauce.

What is besciamella exactly? Besciamella (or, bechamel, as it’s known is France), is a white sauce. You make it by starting a roux (a paste) of flour and butter and by adding in milk to this paste. It is pretty commonly used in French and in Italian recipes. Once you learn how to master this luscious and delightful white sauce, you may think twice about adding ricotta cheese to your lasagna dishes.

If you’re simply not into meat or meat sauces, you could make another fantastic lasagna dish that is vegetarian. This butternut squash lasagna is quite popular here and especially during the holidays.
Skillet Lasagna Bolognese

I have seen many different versions of skillet lasagnas. Some use the noodles that have to be cooked and the noodles end up cooking in the steam. I do like to make my own noodles, when time allows. If you are looking for something delicious and fantastic to enjoy on a cold and dreary winter’s night, this might be what will cheer everyone up and make them say, “Mom, you are the BEST!!”. That’s what my kids say when I make this dish!!
Skillet Lasagna Bolognese


If you are like me,  you may be wondering how to take care of your cast iron skillet. Thanks to my dear mom, I have that covered!! She actually will inspect my skillet once in a while and will admonish me for not taking better care of it. She harumphs and she quietly belly aches as she lovingly makes my sad skillet come back to life.

Skillet Lasagna Bolognese

Here are some great care tips for your skillet and also just some wonderful ideas on how to cook and bake in your cast iron skillet. 

Skillet Lasagna Bolognese

Here is a recipe for Grandmother’s Buttermilk Cornbread I shared quite some time ago, but it still SO GOOD!!

Here is Heather’s cornbread recipe *(sweet brown butter cornbread, to be precise!) that she makes in her cast iron skillet…gosh, I would love a piece right now, it looks amazing!

And if you are taking out your cast iron skillet and want to bake something sweet, instead of savory, you should consider this  (it’s vegan!!) upside-down cake…just, wow!! Or if you’re craving chocolate, this one may be for you (it has Nutella in it!).


Hope you’re having a super week and staying warm. Thanks for your comments and I appreciate your support!!

Skillet Lasagna Bolognese

by Savoring Italy
Prep Time: approx 2 hours
Cook Time: 45-50 minutes

Ingredients (4 servings)
    Bolognese sauce
    • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef (you could do a mixture of pork/beef or however you prefer)
    • 1 cup dry white wine
    • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
    • 1 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes (I use San Marzano)
    • 6 fresh basil leaves
    • 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
    • 2 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    besciamella sauce (white sauce)
    • 1/4 cup butter
    • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 3 1/2 cups whole milk
    • teaspoon nutmeg
    • 6 no-boil lasagna noodles
    • 1 cup chopped mozzarella cheese (or you could use shredded mozzarella)
    • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
    • salt and pepper (to taste)
    Instructions
    meat sauce:
    In medium size sauce pan or a Dutch oven heat the oil on medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 2 minutes. Add the celery, carrot, and garlic and cook for 5 minutes more. If you are adding the pancetta, now is the time to add it and cook for 5 minutes, then add the beef and saute, stirring frequently.

    Break up any large lumps and cook until meat is no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes, parsley and basil and cook over medium low heat until the sauce thickens. Add the wine and the remaining ingredients and simmer.

    I simmer my ragu (Bolognese sauce/meat sauce) for about 2 hours. You could make this a day ahead.

    white sauce (besciamella):
    Melt the butter in a heavy medium-size saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk together until incorporated. The flour will be very dry. Raise the heat to medium-high and in 1/2 cup portions, gradually whisk in the milk and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the sauce thickens slightly, whisking often, about 5 minutes. The besciamella will continue to thicken even when you remove from the heat. If it seems to dense, whisk in a little bit more of milk. Whisk in the nutmeg. Season with salt and pepper to taste. I use about 1 teaspoon of salt and a bit of the freshly ground pepper. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

    To assemble:
    Spread 1/2 cup of the meat sauce in a large cast iron skillet (or nonstick skillet). Cover with 2 lasagna noodles. Spread half of the besciamella (white sauce) on top of the noodles, then sprinkle with one-third of the mozzarella. Add another layer of noodles, the remaining besciamella (white sauce), 1 cup meat sauce (Bolognese) and half of the remaining mozzarella. Top with the remaining 2 noodles, then the remaining meat sauce and mozzarella. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.

    Cover the skillet with a piece of aluminum foil paper. Bake covered for 30 minutes. Bake uncovered for the remaining 15-20 minutes. Cheese should be bubbling on top.

    18 comments

    1. That Bolognese sauce looks absolutely incredible! I don't mind taking a little bit longer putting together a recipe if the result is something like this.

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    2. Why have I never thought to make lasagna in a cast iron skillet

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    3. oh my gawd, Lora. . this looks amazing!!! and love the besciamella and wow! you baked this in a cast iron skillet! what a great idea!

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    4. This is MY kind of meal! I am a sucker for anything Italian. And love the use of the cast iron!

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    5. I am craving Italian food now!! This lasagna looks so great. I love using my cast iron skillet to cook in - I use it more than anything else.

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    6. Your family is VERY lucky that you make this for them often. It looks amazing! Love that your mom checks out your skillet! :)

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    7. My hubby taught me how to make my white sauce pretty much the same way! We use it when we make pasticcio! I am loving how you made this in your skillet. Will definitely need to try it!

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    8. I'm drooling like something serious over here! All the cheese!!!

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    9. i love to cook in my cast iron and some of my best meals come from those pans! I normally make my skillet lasagna with ricotta but oh my gosh... from now on I'm going to make it with the besciamella sauce.

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    10. Oh my gosh, bolognese and bechamel - this sounds rich and comforting and absolutely perfect! I love that you make it in a skillet, too. Thanks for the shout-out :)

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    11. This recipe is going to be a "must try" thank you!

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    12. Well now. This looks utterly delicious. I think I could eat this every night of the week and never get bored. I can't wait to try your recipe, Lora. Pinning... STAT!

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    13. Wow, this looks like the perfect meal! I need to use my cast iron skillet more. This is just the inspiration I needed!

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    14. We love a delicious Bolognese sauce over fresh pasta, but I also really like this idea of preparing a lasagna with the sauce. We eat lots of pasta, too, so I will give your recipe a try! :-)

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