March 1, 2010

Ham and Bacon Lasagna

Ham and Bacon Lasagna
A whole new way to taste lasagna.

Serves: 8
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Smithfield Product: Spiral Ham, All Other Ham, Bacon


* 1 pound Smithfield Bacon, coarsely chopped
* 1 pound Smithfield Ham, chopped
* 1 medium onion, minced
* 4 stalks celery, minced
* 3 carrots, finely chopped
* 1/3 cup butter
* 1/3 cup flour
* 2 1/2 cups milk
* 2 cups chicken stock
* Salt and pepper to taste
* 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
* 1 pound lasagna noodles, cooked al dente
* 1/3 cup Romano cheese, grated
* 4 cups mozzarella cheese, grated


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9X13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

To make the meat sauce: In a large sauté pan, cook the bacon until crisp and fat is rendered. Remove all fat except 2 tablespoons. To the pan, add the onions, carrots and celery. Sauté until just tender. Add the butter and flour and stir until a paste forms on the vegetables and bacon. Stir in milk, chicken stock and ham. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook until thickened. Stir in parsley.

To assemble, place 1/3 the noodles in the baking dish and top with 1/3 of the meat mixture. Sprinkle 1/3 of each cheese over the meat mixture. Continue with two more layers and bake for 30 minutes.
Paula Deen

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