Called lasagne alforno, this is a classic baked pasta dish layered with a ragú or minced beef sauce, pasta sheets, béchamel sauce and finely grated fresh Parmesan cheese. Lasagne verdi is made from spinach-flavoured lasagne sheets. Homemade pasta sheets make the best lasagne of all but you can save yourself a great deal of time if you buy the dried ‘no precooking’ variety. These sheets will be even more successful if you soak them briefly in a large bowl of hot water before you assemble your lasagne, as this softens them slightly. It is also now possible to buy fresh lasagne sheets, making the whole process simpler still. When assembling lasagne, do not use more than 4 layers of pasta as too many layers with too little filling and sauce make a stodgy dry lasagne.
To serve 6-8 people, you will need 8-10 lasagne sheets,
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