Neapolitan Carnival Lasagna

Serve up this hearty lasagna tonight.

[quicklook-recipe prep_time=”15 min” cook_time=”2.5 hrs” serves=”4″ details=”” ]

[ingredients-list title=”Ingredients” serving_size=””]

  • 1 pound lasagna noodles, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 10 ounces beef loin, in 1 piece
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 can (15 ounces) Italian tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley


  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 cup vegetable oil, for frying
  • Butter for the baking dish
  • 4 ounces salami, cut into cubes
  • 10 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into cubes
  • 4 ounces ham, cut into cubes


[step-list-wrapper title=”How to make it” time=”2 hours, 45 minutes”]
[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, beef and butter to skillet; sauté until lightly browned. Season with salt and pepper and add tomatoes. Simmer over medium-low heat 1 hour, adding broth gradually to the skillet to keep the beef moist.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ]When meat is cooked, remove from skillet and finely chop in a food processor. Reserve the sauce.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”3″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Transfer the chopped meat to a large bowl and add the parsley, egg and 1/2 cup Parmesan. Shape the mixture into small meatballs.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”4″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Heat oven to 350°F. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat and fry the meatballs 8 to 10 minutes, until nicely browned. Drain on paper towels.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”5″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Butter an ovenproof dish and cover the bottom with a layer of lasagne, followed by layers of salami, mozzarella, ham, Parmesan, meatballs and sauce. Repeat until all the layers are in the dish. Finish with a layer of Parmesan. Bake 20 minutes, until top is golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.[/step-item]


Popular Videos

Reader's Digest
Originally Published in Reader's Digest