Lasagna Macaroni and Cheese

Just saying the word lasagna makes me happy. I’m sure I’m not the only one. What’s not to love right? Well other than how long it takes to make. It’s one of the few dishes that I make that does requires the bulk of a day. I’m not going to lie, I don’t make a lot of dishes that require that much commitment – you know I’m impatient. Now that I’m thinking about it I can only think of a few off the top of my head that I’m willing to spend that much time on. So if I am you can bet a jar of Nutella that it’s got to be eyes rolling back into your head good. Period.

Lasagna (made the traditional way) for me ALWAYS starts out with Bolognese Sauce. Cold gloomy weekends are the perfect time to cook up a batch of what I like to call it the mother of all meat sauces. I usually grab the biggest Le Creuset I own (9 quart I believe) and make a double or triple batch of sauce. You might as well, it takes the same amount of effort and it freezes well. Plus when the craving hits (and for me it always does) I just have to pull it out of the freezer and defrost. Oh happy day.

I used some of that EXTRA Bolognese sauce to make what I’m referring to as the love child of Lasagna alla Bolognese and macaroni and cheese. I give to you: Lasagna Macaroni and Cheese. It’s a marriage made in fusion dish heaven. I developed this recipe especially for 30 days 30 Ways with Macaroni & Cheese and it features two of my favorite cheeses: mozzarella and parmesan. It’s crispy on top and creamy dreamy in the middle. This didn’t last 30 minutes on our table.

Baci!

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Lasagna Macaroni and Cheese

What You Will Need:

  • 1 pound medium shells
  • salt/pepper
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1 1/2 cups Bolognese sauce
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan

What To Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a large ovenproof dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Place a large pot of generously salted water onto boil. Add pasta and cook until just shy of al dente. Drain.
  3. WHILE pasta is cooking, into a large saucepan heat butter over medium heat until melted. Add flour and stir with a wooden spoon until a paste forms. Gradually whisk in milk. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking until sauce thickens, stirring as necessary.
  4. Stir in mozzarella and Bolognese sauce and stir to combine.
  5. Place pasta into saucepan and stir until pasta is completely coated with sauce. Pour mixture into prepared dish. Sprinkle top with parmesan and bake until golden and bubbly. Approximately 25 minutes.
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26 Comments

  1. 1

    What a great (and delicious) idea!

  2. 2

    I just died a most glorious death.

  3. 3

    Whaaaaat? This sounds AMAZING. Perfect winter comfort food!

  4. 4

    You had me at mac and cheese!!!!!!

  5. 5

    This looks fantastic, can’t wait to try the recipe!

  6. 6

    Lasagna Mac and Cheese? This is real life?!!

  7. 7

    I NEED this. No seriously, I’ll be over this afternoon with a big bag for any leftovers. :)

  8. 8
    Emma /

    This looks amazing! I will be trying this at home very soon. I need some comfort food right now. Please check out the food blog I have just started http://www.surreyKitchen.wordpress.com. Thanks!

  9. 9

    I am so making this and I probably won’t share!

  10. 10

    Such a good idea. Drooling all over!

  11. 11
    Joanna /

    I will be trying this recipe out tonight..yum yum :)

  12. 12

    An innovative lasagna recipe, cool! I will certainly try this as soon as possible.

  13. 13

    You are a genius. This looks awesomely delicious!

  14. 14

    This looks (and sounds) heavenly, my friend!

  15. 15

    Wow this looks wonderful!

  16. 16

    My daughter just said how we need to make lasagna again. I think this looks like the perfect way to do it!

  17. 17

    Oh my goodness does this look mouthwatering! Great recipe, Paula!

  18. 18

    This looks over the top delicious. Two of my favorite comfort foods wrapped into one little ramekin. Perfect for a cold winter day!

  19. 19

    Hello, gorgeous.

  20. 20

    Oh man, this looks so yummy! I love lasagna, I love mac and cheese and I love teh idea of combining them.

  21. 21

    This looks awesome, Paula!! So dreamy and comforting!! xoxo

  22. 22

    Looks delicious, Paula!!

  23. 23

    You had me at lasagna… wait… cheese! LOVE!

  24. 24

    I love a good, hearty bolognese, one that will stick to your ribs and is perfect foil for dipping a big chunk of sourdough bread in to wipe up the bowl. But in mac ‘n cheese? You’ve taken it to a whole other level.

  25. 25

    Lasagna plus mac and cheese, talk about the ultimate comfort food. I love the idea of the fresh grated nutmeg in this, perfect finishing touch.

  26. 26

    This looks so yummy; I’m making all my lasagne like this from now on!

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