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A creamy white sauce forms the base for this rich, hearty lasagna that’s spiked by fragrant herbs and spices.
Rach made this dish during our Holiday Giveaway Extravaganza Show and surprised everyone in the audience with one of her Lasagna Luggers, plus her Hard Anodized 8-Quart Oval Pot and a Lasagna Pan from her cookware line!
For the bolognese, heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat with EVOO, add pancetta and render 2-3 minutes, add carrot, celery and onion and stir 5 minutes to soften, add meats and crumble, lightly brown, add garlic, fennel, sage, rosemary, bay, salt and pepper, add wine and let it absorb, add stock, cream and parm rind, and simmer on low for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400˚F with rack at center.
For the bechamel sauce, warm milk in small pot.
In a saucepot or pan, melt butter over medium heat, whisk in flour when the butter foams to combine, then whisk in warm milk, season sauce with salt, white pepper and nutmeg.
For the ricotta filling, combine ricotta with Parm, egg, thyme, lemon zest and EVOO.
Assemble lasagna: half the béchamel, pasta sheets, half the meat sauce, pasta sheets, all of the ricotta, pasta sheets, remainder of the meat sauce, pasta sheets, remainder of the white sauce, fontina or mozzarella, and parm.
Cover the lasagna with foil, bake 30 minutes, uncover and bake 20-25 minutes more to brown and bubbly. Let the lasagna rest 10-20 minutes, then cut and serve.