Thursday, December 2, 2010

Barbara's "Southern Italian" lasagna

First things first: my friend Barbara is NOT from Southern Italy. She's not from Italy, period. She's from Lugano, Switzerland, land of sharp cheeses, decadent chocolate and very precise (and expensive) watches. Definitely NOT the land of lasagna, if you know what I mean. 

Still, Barbara makes a mean lasagna —one of the very best I've ever had. She learned to make this particular recipe from the mother of her ex boyfriend who is from Naples, hence the "Southern Italian" in the title. It differs from regular Bolognese style lasagna because it has layers of ham and mozzarella added to the usual meat sauce and bechamel layers —which makes it delicious, but not too light in the calorie department. 

Oh well. It's cold outside. I guess we can all use the extra calories to keep warm, right? 

Serves 8

1 package fresh lasagna sheets
4 cups meat sauce
2 cups bechamel sauce
12 slices of ham
3 cups shredded mozzarella
2 cups grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Spread a little bechamel sauce on the bottom of a 13x9 baking dish. Make a first layer with lasagna sheets, then cover it with meat sauce, bechamel, ham slices. Sprinkle with mozzarella and parmesan. Repeat with another layer of lasagna sheet, meat sauce, bechamel, ham and cheese. Repeat until you run out of ingredients, finishing with a cheese layer.

Cook in the preheated oven for about 35 minutes or until bubbly.


  1. This really is just the kind of dish you want after shovelling snow throughout the day. I could use the extra calories to help me heave that snow over a little farther!

  2. Oooh, that is a gorgeous piece of lasagna! Hats off to Barbara!

  3. I'm always looking for another great lasagna recipe. This one sounds terrific!

  4. Wow this looks great! I'm loving all the flavors and the addition of ham and cheese...yum!

  5. Southern dishes, this is my thing! The lasagna must taste amazing and comfy. Glad that I bumped into your blog.

  6. I've never tried ham in lasagna. This looks like a fun recipe!

  7. I want some, can you please send it over? Thanks :)

  8. That looks tasty! I like the use of the ham in a lasagna.

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