Delicious Italian Lamb Lasagna

Italian lamb lasagna.

lamb lasagna in white plate

Lasagne al forno con agnello.

When it comes to lamb with pasta dishes I have a number of favourites that I have already posted here on The Pasta Project. Recipes like pasta with lamb and artichokes or lamb ragu with Sardinian gnocchi or fusilli with lamb ragu from Molise are all incredibly delicious. This was the first time I made a lamb lasagna and I have to say it takes the lamb and pasta combo to another level of deliciousness!

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lamb lasagna ingredients

Lamb for Easter

With Easter on the horizon, I’ve been thinking about what to cook for family and friends over the holiday weekend. Lamb is a must for Easter here in Northern Italy. Well, throughout Italy actually! The rest of the year, it isn’t eaten so much in Veneto where I live, so not so easily available.  Although it’s popular year round in other regions. This is a great pity in my book because I love lamb.! However, I’ve learnt to compromise and make good use of what I can find.

lamb lasagna meat cooking in frying pan

Lamb in Italy.

Luckily, one of the easiest ways for me to serve the cuts of lamb I can find is with pasta. Lamb with pasta may sound unusual to some.  But it’s not only traditional in a number of Italian regions such as Sardinia, Molise and Abruzzo, it’s also really delicious.  I usually buy large meaty chops like neck chops and cut the meat off the bone. I use the bones to make stock and the meat in the pasta sauce.

lamb lasagna sauce cooking in frying pan

What goes into this lamb lasagna.

The sauce for this lamb lasagna is pretty similar to other lamb ragu recipes. But putting the ragu together with the lasagne sheets and béchamel and baking it all in the oven makes a dish that is much richer in taste than other lamb and pasta recipes.

lamb lasagna layers of pasta and sauce in oven dish

For the pasta, I used fresh pasta sheets from Giovanni Rana, not homemade but very good. Of course you can make your own lasagne sheets or use dried lasagne. If using dried pasta you will need to semi-cook the sheets in boiling water before putting the dish together.

lamb lasagna ready to bake in oven dish

Perfect for Easter!

This lamb lasagna recipe is not my invention. Although not a traditional lasagne al forno, there are many Italian recipes for this dish. Lasagne al forno is a popular choice in Italy for family lunches and when feeding large numbers. Making a lamb lasagna at Easter combines two culinary traditions and has become very popular.

lamb lasagna ready to bake in oven dish

Some recipes for lamb lasagna  involve making quite a complicated ragu with lots of ingredients, including different meats and vegetables. I decided on a simpler sauce. Lamb that’s been cut into small pieces doesn’t need to be cooked for very long. However, if you add other meats then the ragu will need to simmer for longer.

lamb lasagna ready to eat

As I mentioned before, this was the first time I had made a lamb lasagna. It definitely won’t be the last. In fact, I think this will most probably be my lamb pasta recipe for Easter. What will you be making?

Buon appetito!

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  • Andrea Metlika
    March 1, 2019 9:14 pm

    This sounds wonderful! I’ve never tried lamb in lasagna.

    • Jacqui
      March 4, 2019 1:09 pm

      Lamb lasagna is so good Andrea! If you like lamb, you’ll love it!

  • Noelle
    March 1, 2019 9:04 pm

    This will be great for Easter, I can’t wait to make this! I had been looking for a perfect recipe 🙂

    • Jacqui
      March 4, 2019 1:10 pm

      Thanks Noelle! Yes this is a great Easter recipe, especially if you traditionally eat lamb. We do, so I love making this!

  • Pam Greer
    March 1, 2019 8:39 pm

    This lamb lasagna looks so good! We usually have ham for Easter around here, but I think Lamb would be perfect!

    • Jacqui
      March 4, 2019 1:12 pm

      Thanks Pam! Lamb is traditional in Italy at Easter, in UK too. Of course this lamb lasagna can be enjoyed all year round. Def worth trying!

  • Natalie
    March 1, 2019 8:34 pm

    I think I never had lamb lasagna before. And I absolutely love lamb meat. I must give this recipe a try. Looks so delicious. And it’s super easy to make. Saving!

    • Jacqui
      March 4, 2019 1:13 pm

      Thanks so much Natalie! If you love lamb you’ll devour this lasagna! It’s so so good!

  • Tayler Ross
    March 1, 2019 8:13 pm

    This was SO delicious! I am definitely making this again for Easter Sunday!

    • Jacqui
      March 4, 2019 1:13 pm

      So happy you liked this lamb lasagna Tayler! Yes, perfect for Easter Sunday lunch!

  • Annissa
    March 1, 2019 5:35 pm

    An Italian recipe with an Easter twist!I think this is an interesting treat at the dinner table for any occasions and gatherings any time of the year!

    • Jacqui
      March 4, 2019 1:15 pm

      Thank you dear Annissa! Lamb is traditional in Italy at Easter, especially here in the North But, yes this is a fab dish to serve at any time!

  • Toni | Boulder Locavore
    March 1, 2019 5:25 pm

    This is absolutely amazing!! A sure hit in my house!

    • Jacqui
      March 4, 2019 1:16 pm

      Thanks Toni! We love this lasagna! It’s so full of flavour and pretty easy to make!

  • Tristin Rieken
    March 1, 2019 5:17 pm

    Yum!! That fresh pasta looks divine and I love the use of white sauce with the lamb. Delish!

    • Jacqui
      March 4, 2019 1:17 pm

      Grazie Tristin!! I love using fresh pasta when I make lasagna. It tastes better and doesn’t need to be precooked so win win!

  • Melissa
    March 1, 2019 4:56 pm

    I love this twist on the classic Italian Lasagne. Looks delicious.

    • Jacqui
      March 4, 2019 1:18 pm

      Thank you Melissa! This is a fabulous alternative lasagna recipe, especially for lamb lovers!

  • Taylor Kiser
    March 1, 2019 4:49 pm

    So cozy and delicious! This is an impressive dinner!

    • Jacqui
      March 4, 2019 1:19 pm

      Aww thanks a lot Taylor! Yes this is a fabulous dish to serve for lunch or dinner, especially on special occasions or holidays!

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