The Most Incredibly Awesome Lasagna/Lasagne!

Recipe by Karen..
READY IN: 1hr 35mins
SERVES: 10-12
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 9
    ounces barilla no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 8 -12
    ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1
    cup parmesan cheese (freshly grated or shaved)
  • 2
    (28 ounce) jars francesco rinaldi ultra dolce spaghetti sauce (also known as "Sweet and Tasty Tomato", you will have about 1/2 jar leftover)
  • Bechamel Sauce
  • 6
    tablespoons butter
  • 4 12
    tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2
    cups whole milk
  • salt and pepper
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DIRECTIONS

  • Make the Bechamel Sauce:
  • Heat the cream and milk in the microwave until it is hot, but not boiling.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the flour and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture begins to bubble, about 2 minutes.
  • Gradually stir in the hot cream and milk. Continue to cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce comes to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, continuing to whisk, 2 to 3 minutes longer, or until fairly thick. Season to taste with nutmeg, salt and pepper. (I use about 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper).
  • Directions for Assembling the Lasagna:
  • In a deep lasagna pan begin layering with thin layer of red sauce.
  • Add first layer of pasta (4 sheets) on top.
  • Then add layer of red sauce (about 1 cup) and béchamel sauce (about 1 cup). Sprinkle parmesan on top. Then layer a third of the mozzarella.
  • Add second layer of pasta (4 sheets) on top.
  • Then add another layer of red sauce (about 1 cup) and béchamel sauce (about 1 cup). Sprinkle parmesan on top. Then layer a third of the mozzarella.
  • Add third layer of pasta (4 sheets) on top.
  • Then add another layer of red sauce (about 1 cup) and remaining béchamel sauce. Sprinkle parmesan on top. Then layer remaining mozzarella.
  • Add fourth and final layer of pasta (4 sheets) on top. Then top with red sauce and sprinkle with remaining parmesan.
  • Cover top of lasagna dish with cover or foil.
  • Place assembled lasagna dish into oven for 50 minutes at 375 degrees. Remove cover and bake for another 5 - 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to settle for about 15-20 minutes before serving.
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