Prep 30 mins
Cook 20 mins
Luciana (from Curitiba, Brazil) taught me this. She grew up with this back home. It's a white lasagne, with ground beef and ham slices. Conceptually similar to the familiar "red" lasagne, but a completely different taste. We loved it.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 small white onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1⁄2 lb ground beef
- 1 lb ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeds removed, and chopped
- 1 lb uncooked lasagne noodles
- 1⁄2 lb sliced mozzarella cheese
- 1⁄2 lb thinly sliced ham
- 2 ounces grated parmesan cheese
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 2 teaspoons salt
- Melt butter with flour in saucepan over medium heat. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper. Add milk slowly while stirring mixture with a wooden spoon. Bring sauce to boil and cook 10 minutes. Set white sauce aside until it's time to assemble the lasagne.
- Brown ground beef in a large sauce pan over high heat with vegetable oil, onion and garlic. Add tomatoes and water just enough to cook a thick meat sauce. Set meat sauce aside until it's time to assemble the lasagne.
- Preheat oven to 350°F Bring four quarts of water to a boil. Stir in salt then add noodles four at a time and cook uncovered until tender but firm. Use a large fork or slotted spoon to remove cooked noodles directly to the baking dish.
- Spoon meat sauce into baking dish. Make four layers of noodles, as follows: Put first layer of noodles on top of meat sauce. Then alternate each layer with meat sauce, mozzarella and ham. In one of the layers put only white sauce with ham. Cover lasagne with sauce, grated parmesan and a sprinkle of oregano. Bake for 20 minutes. Cover with foil during baking to avoid cheese from burning.
Thanks for this recipe it was great, my husband is brazilian and he loved it!
Even without trying I know this is THE real Brazilian lasagna--as we say in Portuguese! There are few things I miss from Brazil and this is one of them. Your friend is from a State in South of Brazil, close to where I lived; this is a very common weekend family lunch. Now I will have to make lasagna next Sunday! ;-)
What a wonderful recipe. My husband spent two years in Brazil doing missionary work. When he came home and started taste testing the sauce it was I rember that sauce. I did do some adaptations due to what I did and did not have. No ham so I added 1/2 pound more of the beef, and only oven ready lasagne noodles, so I added a 1/2 cup of water to the meat sauce, and 1/2 cup of milk to the white sauce for the needed 1 cup of extra liquid to cook the noodles, and it came out perfect, cooked for 1 hour to properly cook the noodles. I used all of the ingredients in each layer, even the kids who while they like lasagne don't like the riccotta, and by the time they pick it out half of their piece is left on the plate, not this time they took healthy pieces, and ate it all, using my homemade bread to get every bite. My husband and a friend who ate with us each had 2 pieces, and claimed dibbs on the rest for lunch the next day. I definetly will be making this again. Thanks for posting.