Lasagna Malfati

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Lasagna Malfati
Photo: © Ian Knauer
Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
6 to 8


  • 4 bacon slices, chopped

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 5 garlic cloves, minced

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 3 carrots, chopped

  • 2 pounds meatloaf mix

  • 1 cup white wine

  • 2 cups whole milk

  • 1/4 cup tomato paste

  • 1 (28-to 32-ounce) can whole tomatoes in juice

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano, crumbled 

  • 8 lasagna noodles

  • 8 ounces shredded mozzarella


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

  2. In a large heavy pot cook the bacon over medium heat until golden, about 6 minutes. Stir in the onion, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 6 minutes. Stir in the carrots and celery and cook until the celery is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the meatloaf mix and brown, breaking up the lumps with a spatula, about 6 minutes. Add the wine and boil until the wine is almost evaporated, about 3 minutes.

  3. Stir in the milk and bring to a boil. Stir in the tomato paste and tomatoes with their juice and boil until the sauce is slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.

  4. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the noodles until al dente, then drain. Tear the lasagna into pieces, then toss with the sauce and half the cheese. Transfer the noodle mixture to a 3-to 3 1/2 quart baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

  5. Cover the lasagna dish with aluminum foil and bake until the filling is bubbling, about 1 hour. Let the lasagna stand 10 minutes before serving.

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