7 Italian Lasagna Recipes (Lasagne al Forno)

7 Authentic Italian Lasagna Recipes (Lasagne al Forno)

Baked lasagna is probably one of the most well-known and popular pasta dishes in the world! Well at least one version of it is! There are actually many Italian lasagna recipes or as the Italians would say lasagne al forno recipes.

7 Italian lasagna recipes

Lasagne or Lasagna?

The flat sheets of pasta we use to make Italian lasagna recipes are called lasagne in the Italian language. Lasagna simply means one lasagne! However, as we know, the dish that is so loved by many is usually referred to as a lasagna or baked lasagna outside of Italy. In Italy, it’s mostly called lasagne al forno (baked lasagne with an ‘e’).

Dried lasagne (lasagna) pasta sheets on white plate

You can read more about the history of lasagne pasta if you click here. But briefly, lasagne is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, type of pasta, dating back to the Ancient Greeks and Romans. The Romans baked this pasta in a dish called ‘lagana’. However, the dish we know as Italian lasagna with a tomato and meat sauce, béchamel and cheese didn’t develop until 18th century when tomatoes first started being used in Italian cuisine.

Different Italian lasagna recipes

However, you may not realize that the version of lasagna that so many people like is the one that comes from the Emilia-Romagna region. Although, they usually make it with green pasta sheets. In fact, there are actually many different ways to make a lasagne al forno. Some of these Italian lasagna recipes are traditional in a particular region, others are more contemporary.

poached salmon and asparagus lasagna on white and gold plate

Lasagne al forno can be made with different kinds of meat sauce, with or without tomatoes, with or without béchamel or even meatless. In fact, there are a number of Italian lasagna recipes made without meat in which vegetables are the main sauce ingredient.

Here are some different Italian lasagna recipes currently on The Pasta Project (more to come, of course!). I’m sure you’ll find one you’d like to try.

Radicchio pasticcio (Italian chicory lasagna) 7 Italian lasagna recipes

Italian chicory lasagna (also called Radicchio pasticcio).

This delicious vegetarian lasagna from Veneto is made with red Italian chicory, béchamel, cheese, shallots and, of course, lasagne pasta sheets. 

Italian lamb lasagna ( 7 Italian lasagna recipes)

Italian lamb lasagna.

Lamb is traditional at Easter in Italy so this lamb lasagna made with a lamb ragu, béchamel and grated Parmigiano or grana is perfect for your Easter table (or just Sunday lunch).

 Lasagna alla Norma (7 Italian lasagna recipes)

Lasagna alla Norma.

This is a baked lasagne version of Sicily’s famous pasta alla Norma. It has tomato sauce, creamed ricotta fried eggplant and grated cheese.

lasagna bianca with mushrooms and burrata (7 Italian lasagna recipes)

Lasagna Bianca with mushrooms and burrata.

Lasagna Bianca means white lasagna so no tomatoes. Instead this divine lasagna from Puglia has 3 kinds of mushrooms including porcini, béchamel, grated parmigiano and creamy fresh burrata!

Baked Lasagna in Broth alla Molisana (7 Italian lasagna recipes)

Baked Lasagna in Broth alla Molisana.

This unique lasagna recipe from Molise contains veal meatballs, chicken and veal loin that are first used to make a broth and then shredded for the filling, mozzarella, parmigiano and nutmeg. The lasagna is baked in the broth.

7 Italian lasagna recipes poached salmon and asparagus lasagne al forno

Poached Salmon and Asparagus Lasagna.

This is a favourite lasagna of mine when asparagus season starts. It’s made with fresh poached salmon, fresh asparagus, of course, a little grated parmigiano and béchamel.

lasagna with bolognese sauce

Lasagna alla Bolognese from Emilia-Romagna.

Finally the classic lasagna as it is made in Emilia-Romagna. Bolognese sauce, béchamel and grated parmigiana are the main ingredients for this popular lasagna.

Homemade lasagna pasta

Homemade lasagna pasta.

Nothing beats homemade pasta in an Italian lasagna. Check out how to make your own lasagna /lasagne pasta sheets. It’s not so difficult and well worth doing for any or all of these Italian lasagna recipes.

If you try any of these 7 Italian lasagna recipes, I’d love to know what you think! 

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23 Comments

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    Sophia
    March 30, 2019 5:16 pm

    Wow, what great information on lasagna and such tasty lasagna idea! Yum!

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    Maman de sara
    March 28, 2019 10:44 pm

    Poached salmon and asparagus lasagna is the one I would like to try. Thanks for sharing these amazing recipes.

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    Colleen
    March 25, 2019 10:08 pm

    Every one of these look so delicious, I wouldn’t be able to choose! And I agree, it’s always better with homemade pasta.

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    Kelly Anthony
    March 20, 2019 7:48 pm

    I always love reading the history behind the food. I had no idea lasagna is one of the oldest pasta recipes. So interesting. This is a great collection of delicious lasagna recipes.

    • Jacqui
      Jacqui
      March 21, 2019 8:55 am

      Thanks so much Kelly! Yes lasagne is a very old type of pasta and even the classic lasagna dish we love has been around for a couple of hundred years!

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    Valentina
    March 20, 2019 7:45 pm

    Oh my goodness these sound delicious!! The one with the broth alla Molisana is especially interesting to me. And I never did understand the difference between the “a” or “e,” so thank you! 😀

    • Jacqui
      Jacqui
      March 21, 2019 9:04 am

      Thank you dear Valentina! I love the one with broth from Molise too! It’s rather unique!

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    Maya
    March 20, 2019 7:42 pm

    Love all these dishes, I have tried 2 so far and can’t wait to keep trying them! Italian food is the best

    • Jacqui
      Jacqui
      March 21, 2019 9:05 am

      I’m happy you have tried a couple of these lasagna recipes already Maya! I’m sure you’ll enjoy the others too!

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    Patty
    March 20, 2019 7:35 pm

    They all look delicious Jacqui, my top favorite are the lamb lasagna and salmon lasagna, mouthwatering!

    • Jacqui
      Jacqui
      March 21, 2019 9:06 am

      Grazie cara Patty! Good choice! Those two are exceptionally delicious!

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    Heidy L. McCallum
    March 20, 2019 6:55 pm

    Every one of these recipes looks perfectly stunning. I can’t decide on just one I like. I would like to try all of them!

    • Jacqui
      Jacqui
      March 21, 2019 9:07 am

      Thanks so much Heidy! Yes all these lasagna recipes are really delicious! I hope you’ll try some of them!

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    Veena Azmanov
    March 20, 2019 2:21 pm

    Thanks for all your amazing recipes. My family to enjoy them all. Have to try them out. Looks super delicious.

    • Jacqui
      Jacqui
      March 21, 2019 9:10 am

      Thanks a lot Veena! I’m sure your family will enjoy some of these lasagna dishes too!

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    Danielle Wolter
    March 20, 2019 2:05 pm

    yessss….i love lasagna with my whole heart. it’s one of my favorite foods ever. i really want to check out the homemade lasagna pasta – i’ll be t it’s amazing!

    • Jacqui
      Jacqui
      March 21, 2019 9:12 am

      Lasagna really is a great dish isn’t it Danielle? Making it with homemade pasta is the best! Hope you’ll give it a try!

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    Noelle
    March 20, 2019 1:53 pm

    I didn’t know you could make one dish in so many ways! Amazing, can’t wait to switch it up!

    • Jacqui
      Jacqui
      March 21, 2019 9:14 am

      Thank you for your comment dear Noelle! There are so many wonderful lasagna recipes here in Italy. These are just a handful of many. But, a good place to start if you want to try something new!

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    David
    March 20, 2019 1:05 pm

    I love lasagna! So many tasty choices. And that was helpful breakdown of the “e” vs. “a” at the end!

    • Jacqui
      Jacqui
      March 21, 2019 9:15 am

      Thanks David! Yes there are so many tasty ways to make a lasagna, or as Italians say lasagne al forno!

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    Dannii
    March 20, 2019 12:23 pm

    You can’t beat a classic lasagna, and there are so many delicious ones here to try.

    • Jacqui
      Jacqui
      March 21, 2019 9:17 am

      Grazie Danii! Lasagna really is a fabulous way to cook pasta and I love that there are so many ways to make it!

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