Lasagna Bolognese Pasta Toss

Lasagna Bolognese Pasta Toss @ The Tasty Fork  #valentinesday #dinner #recipe

Hi Everyone!! What is the first thing you think of when someone says – Valentine’s Day. I’m sure a lot of you think chocolate, flowers or romance…but for me, I think Italian food. I’m not sure why but I’m guessing it has to do with a certain spaghetti scene from a dog loving Disney movie…. And I guess there is something about Italian food which is kinda sexy. (I blushed when I typed that!) Twirling pasta, drinking wine, low lighting….meow! :)

Since I love to cook, my hubby & I will celebrate Valentine’s Day by staying in. In Chicago, if you don’t book your reservation weeks in advance, good luck at getting something that isn’t super early or late.

Lasagna Bolognese Toss @ The Tasty Fork #valentinesday #dinner #recipe

Making a special meal is a great way to show someone you love them, but you don’t need to stay in your kitchen all evening to prepare a spectacular meal. Lasagna is amazing, but it takes FOREVER to actually eat it. You have prepare everything, assemble the lasagna and then bake it for 60 minutes. There is a time and a place for lasagna, just not on Valentine’s Day.

To give you more time with your honey, I created a Lasagna Bolognese Pasta Toss. It has all of the elements of a lasagna — meat sauce, bechamel sauce, cheese and pasta — but you don’t have to bake it in the oven. And that means you’ll get to eat a lot sooner!

Bolognese sauce is one of my favorite meat sauces. It’s filled with veggies, garlic, pancetta, ground pork, red wine and tomatoes. This meat sauce recipe is doubled. I like to let it sit for a few days, so the flavor even builds and toss it with spaghetti. Or freeze the sauce and use it at a later date.

Lasagna Bolognese Toss @ The Tasty Fork #valentinesday #dinner #recipe

If you’re still scanning the Internet for the perfect Valentine’s Day meal, give this Lasagna Bolognese Pasta Toss a try! You can make a sexy Italian meal and spend more time with the one you love. :)

Lasagna Bolognese Pasta Toss

Serving Size: 6 people

Ingredients

  • * 3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • * 1 Onion, diced
  • * 3 Celery stalks, diced
  • * 4 Carrots, diced
  • * 5 Slices of Pancetta, sliced
  • * 4 Garlic cloves, minced
  • * 1 lb Ground pork
  • * 2 tbsp Parsley
  • * A few dashes of Red Pepper flakes
  • * 1 cup Red Wine
  • * 28 oz canned Crushed Tomatoes
  • * 28 oz canned Diced Tomatoes
  • * Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • * 13.25 oz Whole Wheat Penne Pasta
  • * 2 tbsp Butter
  • * 2 tbsp Flour
  • * 1 cup Skim Milk
  • * 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • * Salt & Pepper, to season
  • * 1 1/2 cups of your favorite Italian Style Cheese Blend
  • * Shredded Parmesan Cheese, garnish
  • * Parsley, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Pour oil into a warm large skillet. At a medium heat, add onions, celery & carrots. Stir and cook until soft. Stir in pancetta and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes and keep stirring. Add pork and break it up with a wooden spoon. Cook until pork starts to brown. Stir in parsley and red pepper flakes. Cook for an additional minute.
  2. Pour wine into the skillet and cook until wine is evaporated. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the pan and get the brown bits. Add both cans of tomatoes. Bring to simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Taste and add salt & pepper, if needed.
  3. In a pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package directions and drain.
  4. To make bechamel - In a sauce pan, add butter and flour. Stir consistently and cook until the color turns to a deep blonde color. Stir in one cup of milk, using a whisk. When sauce starts to thicken, add Dijon mustard, salt & pepper. Turn off heat and add in the 1.5 cups of the cheese blend. Stir until there are no clumps.
  5. Remove half of the meat sauce and set aside. (Use at a later date!) Add drained pasta & bechamel sauce to the meat sauce. Stir until well combined.
  6. To serve, top each portion with shredded Parmesan cheese and parsley.
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  3. Jessica says

    I made this last night and it was delish!

    • admin says

      That’s great, Jessica!! It makes me so happy to hear you tried it and loved it!

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  5. Rachel @{I Love} My Disorganized Life says

    You’re so funny, I can imagine you blushing {sort of, haha} I’m totally with you on the lasagna. I love it but it takes forever to make! This looks incredible.

    • admin says

      Thanks Rachel! You should try this — you cut an hour out of cooking time!

  6. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen says

    Oh that is sweet! I love Lady and the Tramp! this looks like I want to dig right in! Thanks for linking at Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!

  7. Lauren says

    Oh my… sounds delicious! I LOVE italian– this sauce sounds amazing and not too difficult. Printing now and going to leave on the counter as a hint for this Thursday (wink wink)! Can’t wait to try… xoxo

    • admin says

      I hope your someone get’s the hint :) Thanks for coming by!!

  8. Ruthie says

    I am a total carbo queen!! LOVE. xoxo~ Ruthie

  9. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says

    I don’t know what it is but my mind automatically thinks Italian too! This pasta dish looks amazing! Perfect for a dinner date in!

    • admin says

      Thanks, Jocelyn! I’m sure you have some great Valentine’s Day treats up your sleeve for your family :)

  10. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    I think any special dinner is romantic – especially Italian. Two of our favorite restaurants are Italian so it follows naturally. :)

    • admin says

      Oh la la! :)

  11. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says

    Love this easy weeknight recipe, Meghan! Such a delicious meal!

  12. Heather @ Sugar Dish Me says

    Lady & the Tramp! Love that movie!
    Okay so- besides needing reservations like last year or something, all of my dining out experiences on Valentine’s Day have been no fun. The restaurant staff is pushed so the food isn’t what it would normally be. The menus are limited. The servers are too busy and have too much to juggle OR they have campers at all their tables so they are there like every second. Last year we got seated at a table that was seriously ON TOP of another 2-top and we basically were bumping elbows with another couple for the entire meal (and that was the weekend before Valentine’s Day!). You are so right to make something awesome and stay home. This looks so so so great! Bolognese sauce is one of my most favorites1

    • admin says

      LOL, Heather!! Yes – I totally know what you mean!!

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