Homemade lasagne pasta sheets (lasagna)

Homemade lasagne pasta sheets (lasagna)

Everybody loves a good baked lasagna (lasagne al forno to the Italians). And, here on The Pasta Project there is a growing number of delicious baked lasagna recipes (yes there are different ways to make it!). However, making lasagne al forno with homemade lasagne pasta is pretty unbeatable! 

Homemade lasagne pasta

Baked lasagna around Italy.

Baked lasagna is a classic dish in most Italian regions. However, the recipe varies from region to region. In Northern Italy, they make it with fresh or dried egg pasta. Usually, the other ingredients are a classic Bolognese sauce or meat ragu, Parmigiano Reggiano or grana cheese and bechamel .

Homemade lasagne pasta

In Emilia-Romagna, they often use green lasagne pasta sheets, made with spinach. A great favourite of mine for baked lasagna from Emilia-Romagna is baked pasta roses or swallow’s nests (nidi di rodine) (see link below). In this dish, the lasagne sheets are rolled with ham and cheese and sometimes other ingredients inside them and then baked covered in bechamel. I have made this recipe with homemade lasagne and boy is it good!

Homemade lasagne pasta dough on wooden board

In Naples, Neapolitan lasagna, a typical carnival dish, is prepared with Neapolitan ragu, meatballs, cow’s ricotta, provola and pecorino cheese. Interestingly, the lasagne in the south is often dried and made without egg.

Rolled out homemade lasagne pasta dough on wooden board with rolling pin

In some Italian mountain areas, they substitute the ragu or meat sauce  with mushrooms. Whereas, they sometimes use pesto instead of ragu in Liguria, and in Veneto, red radicchio from Treviso.

In Umbria and in Marche, there is a particular version called ‘vincisgrassi’ in which the ragu is enriched with chicken or pork offal. In the Apennines, the ragu is replaced by a filling of porcini, truffles and pecorino and in Sicily, there is also the ‘alla Norma’ version with eggplants. Or, they add boiled eggs to the dish.

Homemade lasagne pasta

Lasagna bianca.

Not all Italian recipes for ‘lasagne al forno’ contain tomatoes. In fact, there are many ‘white’ recipes too. Italians say ‘lasagna bianca’. A ‘white’ lasagna I particularly love comes from Puglia. It’s made with mushrooms and burrata (see link below). Believe me when I say, it’s amazingly delicious. Plus, there’s no meat included, perfect for vegetarians too!

Baked pasta roses
Making baked pasta roses with homemade lasagne pasta sheets

Here in Northern Italy, people also call these dishes (red and white) ‘pasticcio’. However, although pasticcio has layers of pasta with various fillings baked in the oven, it isn’t always with lasagne sheets.

Baked Lasagna alla Norma
Lasagna alla Norma

Making homemade lasagne pasta is easy!

Fresh lasagne sheets are available to buy throughout Italy. But, the absolute best is homemade lasagne. It’s actually pretty easy to make, with or without a pasta machine. Why not give it a try next time you want to make a baked lasagna?  I’m sure once you’ve done it, you’ll want to do it again and again! There really is quite a difference in the taste of homemade pasta and store bought, even if the latter is fresh!

Do you need to precook fresh lasagne?

When making your baked lasagna dish you can either precook the pasta for a couple of minutes in boiling salted water before assembling the dish or use it raw. In the latter case, the sauce needs to be a little more liquidy. I usually don’t precook fresh pasta.

Lasagne al forno mushrooms and burrata
Lasagna bianca with mushrooms and burrata

If you do try making your own homemade lasagne, I’d love to hear how it turns out. Please, write a comment here on the blog or post a comment on the Pasta Project Facebook page.

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Recipes on The Pasta Project for your homemade lasagne pasta.

(just click on the name of the recipe to go to that page)

  1. Lasagne al forno with Bolognese from Emilia-Romagna
  2. Radicchio pasticcio (Italian chicory lasagna) from Veneto
  3. Baked lasagna alla Norma from Sicily
  4. Baked pasta roses from Emilia-Romagna
  5. Lasagna bianca with mushrooms and burrata from Puglia
  6. Italian lamb lasagna
  7. Poached salmon and asparagus lasagna
  8. Lasagna baked in broth from Molise

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Homemade lasagne pasta
Homemade lasagne/lasagna pasta
Prep Time
45 mins
Total Time
45 mins

Make your baked lasagna taste even better with homemade pasta! Lasagne sheets are pretty easy to make and all you need is flour, eggs and a pinch of salt.

Course: Homemade Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: fresh pasta, homemade pasta, Italian food, Italian recipe, lasagna, lasagne
Author: Jacqueline De Bono
  • 400 g Italian soft wheat flour '00' (14oz) All purpose flour can be used too.
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 pinch salt
  1. To make the pasta, mound your flour on a large wooden board. Make a well in the center and add a pinch of salt.

  2. Break the eggs into the well and whisk them a little ( you can also beat eggs in a small bowl and then add to flour or start by mixing flour and eggs together in a bowl and then turn out onto a board to knead)

  3. Start to incorporate the eggs and flour by slowly bringing more flour in from the inside edges of the well. You can use a fork or scraper for this.

  4. Continue mixing the flour with the eggs until they are no longer runny.

  5. Using your hands now, bring the outside edges in, forming a large mass on your board.

  6. Begin to knead the dough as you would bread, pushing it down with the heel of your hand.

  7. Continue kneading for about 7-10 minutes. Knead until the pasta dough is smooth, elastic, and just slightly tacky. You can dust the dough with more flour if it’s too sticky, but try not to add too much additional flour or the pasta will be tough.

  8. Roll the dough into a ball and wrap it in cling film and let it sit for about 30 minutes.

  9. Cut off 1/6 of the dough, re-wrap the rest in cling film so it doesn’t dry out and roll out the piece you cut off until it is flat enough that you can pass it through a pasta machine if you are using one.

  10. I used my pasta machine to roll out the sheets, first 3-4 times on number 6 or 7 on the dial and then a couple of times more on number 4. Each time you pass the dough through the machine fold it first into thirds and pass it through again until it comes out with the right thickness and length. If you want even thinner sheets you can also pass the dough through again on number 2 or 3. Cut the sheet to the length you want.

  11. If you aren’t using a machine you need to keep rolling out the dough until it is thin enough to almost see your fingers through it. Then cut the sheet to the size you want.

  12. Transfer the ready sheets to a drying rack for 1 hour. Repeat with the remaining dough. (the lasagne can be stored, when completely dry and stiff, for up to 1 week).

Recipe Notes

The success of any baked lasagna dish with homemade lasagne depends on using thin, freshly made sheets of pasta. The thinness of the pasta lets the flavors of the sauce and cheese marry to create a lasagna that’s light and truly special.

When making your baked lasagna dish you can either precook the pasta for a couple of minutes in boiling salted water before assembling the dish or use it raw. In this case the sauce needs to be a little more liquidy. (I usually don't precook fresh pasta)

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    January 22, 2020 5:43 pm

    My pasta maker had been sitting in a cupboard for about three years but I finally got it out today. I had no idea how easy it is to make my own – and your website gives me more inspiration to make more. Thank you.

    • Jacqui
      January 23, 2020 9:25 am

      Thanks for your comment Jeremy! So pleased to hear you made some fresh pasta. Yes it’s really not that difficult and the more you make the easier it is! I’m thrilled you feel inspired by my site to make more. Do let me know what recipes you try! All the best from Verona!

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    Michel Bonnet
    July 5, 2019 12:28 pm

    Hi Jacqueline,
    Give us a recipe for homemade fresh Lasagna verdi – please?
    I cannot find lasagna verdi in our supermarkets.
    I do not have a lasagna machine – so plan to use a pastry roll.

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    March 12, 2019 7:24 am

    Great post, very informative. I usually make it with bolognese and bechamel, but my favourite is alla Norma. I should make more white lasagna. You inspired me to try some other versions

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    Corina Blum
    March 11, 2019 1:32 pm

    I didn’t realise that lasagne varied so much from region to region! I think it must be delicious made with fresh pasta though.

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    Brian Jones
    March 11, 2019 9:04 am

    I love making pasta at home, we have both ducks and chickens so will use whatever eggs we have most of at the time we make it 🙂

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    Jere Cassidy
    March 10, 2019 7:46 am

    You are a pasta queen. I love looking and reading your blog posts. I so want to just have freshly made pasta.

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    March 10, 2019 3:43 am

    This might be the only way to make my favorite lasagna even better!! It really is pretty doable and definitely worthwhile for a special occasion! And really for bragging rights alone!! 🙂

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    March 10, 2019 2:23 am

    I have Never made homemade pasta, I have always Been intimidated! You make it look so easy, I will Reconsider!

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    March 10, 2019 1:28 am

    I think the process of making pasta is so beautiful. I love all the cultural information in the post. All of the variations sound so good!

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    Pam Greer
    March 10, 2019 12:08 am

    I love the color of that pasta, so rich and yellow! I’ve always wanted to try making my own lasagna noodles, and you have convinced me that I can!

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    Beth Neels
    March 8, 2019 11:12 pm

    I am so jealous of your pasta making abilities! I have always wanted to make pasta! Maybe you just gave me the inspiration to try! You make it look so easy!

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    March 8, 2019 10:02 pm

    I must admit I admire you. I’m not good in making pasta. I’m better in eating lasagna 😀 You made it looks so easy to make. And maybe I give another try with your recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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    Eden | Sweet Tea and Thyme
    March 8, 2019 9:01 pm

    Gotta get a pasta machine now, I never knew making lasagna sheets was so easy!

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    Jessica Formicola
    March 8, 2019 8:17 pm

    I’ve always wanted to make homemade pasta, so I’m so glad I found this! It was delicious!

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    March 8, 2019 8:01 pm

    I always thought this is hard to make. If I will follow your recipe I will have the real lasagna sheets.

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    March 8, 2019 7:46 pm

    What an easy homemade pasta recipe! Thanks for sharing. And there are SO many delicious pasta recipes on this page!

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    March 8, 2019 7:00 pm

    Looks amazing! I never made homemade pasta before but it looks quite easy!

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    Veena Azmanov
    March 8, 2019 4:38 pm

    Great Idea to try making Pasta at home. This looks simple and easy to make too. Homemade option are always good.

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    March 8, 2019 3:14 pm

    There is nothing better than homemade pasta!

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    Sandhya Hariharan
    March 8, 2019 2:58 pm

    I have never made Pasta at home { fresh }, now I am so tempted looking at your recipe. Looks fab

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    March 8, 2019 2:48 pm

    I have a pasta machine, but I hardly ever use it. I must make the effort to use it more often.

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