Lasagne Bolognese; cook books for kids

I have been cooking almost every day for most of my life.

I’m getting tired of doing it.

When I was single I cooked soups and stews and sauces; freezing portions. I could have a varied menu every week without having to cook every night. But I’m perfectly happy to live on soups and stews and pastas….. and risotto which doesn’t require much effort.

After I married we ate more traditionally which meant that cooking was done most nights. To be fair, mon mari does all the grilling every night for half the year. I still do the salads and vegetables.

Actually, now that I ponder the whole situation, what I’m really tired of is the planning. A head of cauliflower is 3 meals; broccoli is 2…. should I get carrots? I want to make spring rolls but I need a use for 8 more sheets of phyllo….. That sort of thing.

We have never lived anywhere where we could even have a pizza delivered, let alone anything more interesting so we cook.

All of that is why I love making something like Ragù Bolognese which takes care of 4 meals – 3 of them easy.

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Lasagne Bolognese

The recipe for Ragu Bolognese makes enough for 6 – 8 servings. If you are 2, as we are, that gives leftovers for other things. This lasagne uses 4 cups of the sauce and serves 4 – or 2 meals for 2. The link to the sauce is above.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta

Ingredients

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  • 34 cups Ragù Bolognese 
  • 2 cups (16oz, 450ml) tomato sauce 
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 12oz (350gr) frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
  • 12oz (350gr) ricotta 
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) milk 
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese 
  • 1215 no-cook lasagne noodles
  • 1/2 cup (2oz, 60gr) Parmesan 

Instructions

  • Heat the Ragù. 
  • Add the herbs and tomato sauce 
  • In medium bowl mix the ricotta, shredded cheese, spinach, and milk. 
  • In 11 x 9 baking dish, make the following layers:
  • 1/3 of the tomato/meat sauce
  • 3 – 4 noodles, you may have to break another one up to get good coverage 
  • 1/2 of the spinach/ricotta mixture
  • 3 – 4 noodles 
  • 1/3 tomato/meat sauce 
  • 3 – 4 noodles
  • 1/2 spinach/ricotta
  • 3 – 4 noodles 
  • 1/3 tomato/meat sauce 
  • Parmesan
  • Bake, covered with foil for 30 minutes at 400F (200C). 
  • Uncover for last 5 minutes to brown cheese. 
  • Let rest 5 minutes, then cut and serve. 

Notes

This lasagne has a lot of tomato sauce so I didn’t make a béchamel sauce. 

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
  • Calories: 712
  • Sugar: 30 g
  • Sodium: 1310.3 mg
  • Fat: 27.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 15.3 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 77.2 g
  • Fiber: 11.9 g
  • Protein: 40 g
  • Cholesterol: 101.7 mg

Keywords: bolognese, lasagne, lasagna

Lasagne with Ragu Bolognese

I got my first cook book when I was 8 years old.

It was a Christmas gift from one of my aunts.

I still have it. My father added the electrical tape. Now people use duct tape…. My dad could fix anything with electrical tape.

I don’t recall every making anything out of it (I was 8) but the stories were fun.

My second cook book was a Christmas gift from another aunt. (Were they trying to tell me something?)

I still have this one, too. I was older when I got it, in high school, and interested in cooking.

Actually, I was interested in eating things that my mother wasn’t interested in cooking, so I learned myself. There is a great, easy, spaghetti sauce recipe that I made often and the chocolate fudge frosting is absolutely the best.

I already knew how to make tuna salad….

I’m rather impressed that even then it was ‘for Boys and Girls’ – not just girls. Way to go Betty!

Told you I’ve been cooking most of my life.

4 thoughts on “Lasagne Bolognese; cook books for kids”

  1. The lasagna looks wonderful! I do use regular lasagna noodles rather than the no-bake. And I don’t cook them first, I leave them dry. I’ve been doing that for years. They always cook just fine.

    I still have my old cookbooks including my first one from oh…sometime in the late 60’s. When my girls moved out, I bought them each the same book. It had recipes and instructions on how to do minor household repairs and how to clean certain things and what to use…I wish I could remember the title now. I can see the front of the book. I just can’t see the title. But it was great for them just starting out.

    • I think the lasagne noodles are the same – just different packaging.
      I was looking for my ‘Joys of Jello’ cook book the other day – not because I can even get Jello here but just for a meander. Apparently I tossed it – likely many years ago.
      The old cook books have a lot of useful info in them – not just recipes. That’s why I keep the,. I always love the bit about ‘taking off your apron and freshening your lipstick to greet your husband when he comes home from work’.
      As if….. lol

    • My request for a Birthday Cake when I was young was always chocolate layer cake with chocolate fudge frosting. The rest of the family had Angel Food. I liked the Devil’s Food.
      No photos but I can send the recipe if you need it

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