Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles

There is really something special about handmade pasta. Yes, it’s sometimes a bit of work, and yes, it’s often quite messy, but despite all of that, there’s nothing quite like watching that bright yellow, eggy pasta dough roll out into sheets of beautifully crafted noodles. My favorite part of making pasta at home is picking up the sheets and watching them fall over my hands as I move it around like worn-in linens. Store bought noodles just don’t have that kind of pliability or that level of softness; homemade pasta is so silky and smooth that you just want to wrap yourself up in it and fall asleep on your work space…or at least, I do. Equally gratifying is using a handcrank machine instead of an attachment (or, I assume, rolling it out by hand, but I have yet to perfect that technique – any tips?). I feel like the mixer attachments don’t give you the same level of control over your product that a handcrank does, plus the handcrank models have the added benefit of making you feel like an old Italian man working in a pasta shop on the Lower East Side at the turn of the century. Does anyone else have that daydream when they’re working in their kitchen? No? Just me? That’s fine, more for me.

This lasagna is a combination of everything I love about Italian food – good quality meat (I got some of Pat LaFrieda’s ground short rib, and let me say, it was fantastic), handmade noodles, luscious cheeses, and, of course, perfectly cooked mushrooms. The Italians just know how to do mushrooms, and as I was able to pick up some hedgehog mushrooms, I couldn’t have been happier. Hedgehog mushrooms are woodsy and meaty, with a lovely, slightly bristly texture that really hold their own in this massive lasagna. I, of course, used Italian tomatoes as well, which are so bright and flavorful that you’ll want to eat the sauce with a spoon on its own (and you may just give into that temptation, as I did – hey, cooking makes you hungry). The layers upon layers are finished with a healthy blanket of bechamel sauce, that lovely concoction of butter, flour, and milk that turns everything it touches into a gorgeous white wave of deliciousness. Everyone I served this lasagna to went back for seconds, and as it freezes well, you’ll be able to taste your hard work for days or weeks afterward.


Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles
Your ingredients.

Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles
Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles

Start by cooking your mushrooms, then your meat, then your shallots, celery, and garlic.

Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles
Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles

Add your tomatoes to the pan and reduce, then puree and season to taste. Add in the cooked mushrooms and meat.

Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles
Now, it’s time to make your noodles.

Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles
Place your flour on your work surface and create a well in it.

Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles
Carefully whisk your eggs into the flour.

Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles
Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles

Then begin kneading your dough until it is smooth and comes together, adding flour as you need it.

Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles
See? Nice and smooth.

Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles
Wrap the dough up in plastic wrap and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes or so.

Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles
In the meantime, whisk together your ricotta, cheese, and 1 egg.

Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles
And make your bechamel sauce by combining your 1 tablespoon of butter with 1 tablespoon of flour, then whisk in 1 cup of milk and a pinch of salt.

Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles
Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles

Cut the rested dough into quarters, and roll each quarter of dough out a bit so that it is thin enough to go in your pasta roller.

Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles

Lightly flour your dough and begin to roll it through.

Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles
Keep rolling it through until it is quite thin – just be sure to work quickly so that it doesn’t tear.

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Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles
Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles

Cut your pasta into equal strips (I recommend measuring your baking dish, first) and then boil it for a minute or so. When cooked, dip the noodles in cold water to stop them from cooking and lay out on parchment paper or a clean towel.

Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles
Layer your lasagna – I did one layer of sauce, then a layer of noodles, a layer of the ricotta mixture, a layer of sauce, then a layer of mozzarella…you can really do it however you like.

Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles
Cover and bake at 375 degrees F for 45 minutes, then uncover and bake for an additional 8-10 minutes at 450 degrees F, until the bechamel and cheese has begun to bubble and crisp.

Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles
Allow to rest for 10 minutes, then slice and serve.

Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles

Mushroom & Short Rib Lasagna with Homemade Noodles
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
For the Lasagna Noodles:
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup semolina flour*
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 large eggs
For the Mushroom and Short Rib Bolognese:
  • 2 cups wild mushrooms, cleaned and halved (if necessary; I only halved about half of my mushrooms)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 4 shallots, minced
  • 4 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 8 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground short rib
  • 28 ounces whole canned tomatoes (preferably San Marzano)
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
For the Ricotta Mixture:
  • 1 pint ricotta cheese
  • ¾ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
For the Bechamel Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
To Assemble:
  • Lasagna noodles
  • Mushroom and short rib bolognese
  • ricotta cheese mixture
  • bechamel sauce
  • 2 cups Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups Parmesan cheese
  • fresh basil, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Combine your flour and salt, then place it in a mound on your work surface. Make a large well in the center that goes down as deep as possible without touching the surface. Be sure to be careful to make as big a well as possible; remember, you've got to fit 8 eggs in there!
  2. Crack the eggs into the well, one at a time, whisking the yolks a bit before adding in the next egg. Begin to pull the eggs and dough together, being careful not to break the walls of your well (you don't want egg all over the place, but the dough is generous if it does break and you need to add some more flour to mop up the eggs...let's just say I know this from experience). Keep bringing the flour in to the eggs until a dough begins to form.
  3. When the eggs are completely incorporated into the flour, begin to knead the dough, adding a bit more flour as needed. I like to slap the dough down onto the counter, push down, and pull the dough into itself, rotate it 90 degrees, and do the same thing, much like kneading pizza dough or bread. Do this until your dough is soft and will form a smooth ball, about 5-6 minutes. When it's ready, wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes (or up to 2 hours).
  4. Lightly flour your work surface, bring a pot of water to a boil, and fill a bowl with ice water. Cut your dough into quarters and roll one quarter out a bit so it will fit in your pasta machine. Using your pasta roller (I prefer to use a simple handcrank machine, as I feel it gives you more control, but you can buy an attachment for your stand mixer, too), roll the dough out, re-rolling as needed until it is about ¼-inch thick. Measure your baking dish, and cut your strips of noodles out to fit side-by-side in the dish (I used a large 15x9 dish, so mine ended up being a bit longer than usual). Continue until you have used up all of your dough, and lay the noodles out on clean towels or parchment paper.
  5. Place your noodles, 1 or 2 at a time, into the boiling water for less than 1 minute, until the noodles float to the top, then dip in the ice water to stop the cooking. Lay out again on clean towels or parchment paper until you're ready to use them.
  6. *You can use all-purpose flour in place of semolina, but I feel that the semolina helps the dough come together more easily.
  7. Whisk together the ricotta, cheese, and egg. Set aside until ready to use.
  8. In a large, deep pot or pan, add the mushrooms to a hot, dry skillet over medium-high heat, and cook for 3-4 minutes or so, until they begin to release some of their juices. Add in 2 tablespoons of butter and cook until slightly browned and tender, about another 5 minutes over medium heat. Remove the mushrooms from the pan and set aside.
  9. Add in 1 more tablespoon of butter, then add in the ground short rib and cook over medium-high heat until browned and cooked through, about 8 minutes. Remove the meat from the pan with a slotted spatula and set aside. Drain all but 1½ tablespoons of grease from the pan.
  10. Add in the minced shallots and celery and cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes, until the shallots are translucent. Add in the garlic and stir to combine, cooking for 1 minute or so. Add in the tomatoes, the tomato paste, salt, pepper, fennel, red pepper flakes, and nutmeg. Bring to a boil, then turn off the heat. Puree the sauce with an immersion blender or in batches with a food processor, until mostly smooth but still a bit chunky. Add in the fresh basil and oregano, mushrooms, short rib, and wine, then bring to a simmer, and cook for 30-40 minutes, until slightly reduced. Stir in the cream. Taste, adjust seasonings as necessary, and set aside.
  11. In a medium sized pot, whisk together the butter and flour over medium-high heat, until thickened but not browned (about 90 seconds).
  12. Whisk in the milk and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmering and whisk for 5-8 minutes, until thickened. Set aside until ready to use.
  13. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Spread 1 cup of bolognese on the bottom of your casserole dish, followed by a layer of noodles, ⅓ cup of ricotta mixture, 1½ cups of bolognese, and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese. For the next layer, I did 1 layer of noodles, ⅓ cup of the ricotta mixture, 1 cup of bolognese, and 1 cup of Parmesan cheese, then a thin layer of bechamel, followed by another layer of noodles, ricotta, sauce, and mozzarella, and so on - you can really layer this however you like. Just be sure that the last year is a layer of noodles followed by a generous layer of bechamel sauce and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.
  14. Cover the lasagna with foil and bake for 45 minutes, then remove the foil, turn the oven up to 450 degrees F, and bake for an additional 8-10 minutes, until the cheese is bubbling. Let rest for 8-10 minutes, then slice and serve.

 

18 Responses

  1. Erin says:

    This looks so delicious!! Maybe I should put a pasta maker on the birthday list

  2. Corrie says:

    That looks amazing! Oh man I want lasagna now…made of homemade noodles, of course. :)

  3. Anthony says:

    I’ve always wanted to try making homemade pasta, but there’s no room in the kitchen to do it.

  4. ty says:

    Wowwweeee wow!

  5. Deanna B says:

    Now I feel like I didn’t give my hand cranked machine a fair chance. But I kind of love my attachment. I use it all the time. This looks amazing.

  6. VitaminD says:

    Oh…Em….Gee…
    that looks amazing!
    thanks for sharing!

  7. Awesome tutorial. I’m actually saving up to be a pasta attachment for my kitchenaid and when I do, I’ll be sure to make these homemade lasagna noodles :)

  8. Megan says:

    Wow. I’m going to be daydreaming about this for realz.

  9. Rhonda says:

    I love your ingredient picture, cool effect :) Thanks for the step by step, if I ever get the courage to make pasta I am coming back here to study.

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  11. daniela says:

    I really need to get me a pasta maker too. I’ve been wanting to make homemade pasta lasagna forever, and this one looks so yummy! I guess I am putting it on my birthday wish list also :)

  12. kat says:

    OMG I love how you went all out with this recipe! The homemade noodles for a lasagna, wow! I’ve been wanting to try it myself but didn’t exactly now how! Thanks so much for your recipe! :)

  13. Katie says:

    Its so impressive to see recipes like this and the food you’ve created just from teaching youself how to cook. You’ve come a long way from spaghetti and shake n bake! Your husband is a lucky guy….good on ya!

  14. Casey says:

    I made this over the weekend. Homemade pasta and everything! I don’t have a pasta roller, so I handrolled the noodles. While my palms are bruised and arms strained, I am SO glad I did it! It was amazing. We froze the second fish we made, and I’ve been eating left overs for lunch! Thanks for another great recipe!

  15. Jim says:

    Yum. Need a tester?

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