How do you make beef lasagne?

Learn how to make a beef lasagne, from cooking the Bolognese and béchamel to assembling all the layers. This Italian recipe has become a firm Aussie favourite, make it yourself at home with this recipe and tips.

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How do you make beef lasagne?

The cooking techniques for making beef lasagne are easy, but between simmering the Bolognese, cooking up the béchamel and layering each ingredient, it can take the better part of the day to make your it at home – and it’s so worth it! This beef lasagne recipe by the team at Perfect Italiano always gets rave reviews. Here’s what to expect.

How to make lasagne

  1. Bolognese
    Start by making the beef Bolognese. This base sauce of mince, tomatoes and aromatics needs to be simmered together for at least an hour to create a beautifully rich flavour and reduce it into a thick red sauce. You can use different types of mince too. Try pork, chicken and veal or a mix of different meats such as pork and beef. You can make and refrigerate the Bolognese up to three days ahead of time, or freeze it for up to three months. 
  2. Béchamel
    Next make the béchamel or white sauce. The best recipe for béchamel infuses the milk with aromatics including onions and herbs for a better flavour. Add Perfect Italiano Parmesan to make it an ultra tasty cheese sauce. You can make and refrigerate the béchamel up to five days ahead.
  3. Lasagne sheets
    If you want to go the full mile, make your own lasagne sheets using this pasta recipe. Roll out the pasta as thin as possible then cut into sheets. Otherwise, store-bought fresh or dry pasta sheets will work just as well.
  4. How to assemble beef lasagne
    Start with béchamel on the bottom to stop the pasta from sticking to the pan. Then lay down pasta sheets, followed by Bolognese and more béchamel. Layer pasta, Bolognese and béchamel until you’re out of ingredients, finishing with béchamel on the top. Sprinkle with Perfect Italiano Mozzarella and it’s ready to bake!
  5. Baking the lasagne
    Bake in a preheated 180°C oven for 40-60 minutes. Cooking times will depend on whether you have used fresh or dried lasagne sheets and how many layers you have. Cover the top with foil and cook for 30 minutes. Remove and continue cooking uncovered until top is golden and lasagne is cooked through. To check the lasagne is cooked, push the tip of a knife into the centre. If it goes through all the layers without any resistance, it's cooked. 
  6. Serving the lasagne
    You've put so much love and care into your lasagne, so don't let it fall apart at the last step! Always allow it to stand on the bench for at least 10 minutes uncovered after cooking. This will make it easier to cut, will help to stop the layers from falling apart, and reduces the chances of burning the roof of your mouth (we've all been there). While waiting for the lasagne to rest, whip up a quick green salad. Use a sharp knife to slice, and dig through the drawers to find a wide spatula to lift the lasagne. 

That's it! Buon appetito! Watch and learn how to make lasagne with the video below, and check out the full beef lasagne recipe thanks to Perfect Italiano.

Get the recipe: Classic Beef Lasagne

More recipes with Bolognese

Bolognese is so versatile that it's worth making a double batch and freezing half for another time. Check out some other recipes below that you can make with bolognese.

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Get the recipe: Bolognese Pasta Bake

If you have leftover or frozen Bolognese on hand, this pasta bake is as easy and quick as it gets. The cheese in the pasta bake turns velvety and delicious, and the cheese on top turns crispy and golden.

Get the recipe: Cheat's Frypan Lasagne

With a couple of shortcuts, like swapping the béchamel for a creamy ricotta sauce and using leftover bolognese, you can have this cheat's lasagne in just 40 minutes.


*DISCLAIMER: Perfect Italiano is a contributing recipe partner at This feature includes a mix of content sourced from Perfect Italiano and our own opinions. You can find out more about the full range of Perfect Italiano Cheese here.