Filipino-style Lasagna

Level up your favorite pasta dish with this delicious recipe! Filipino-style Lasagna with delicious layers of noodles, chunky meat sauce, creamy bechamel, and gooey cheese is hearty, delicious, and sure to be a crowd favorite. Perfect for holidays, special occasions, or anytime you want to spoil the family. With oven and stovetop instructions.

Guys, we’re one day away from Thanksgiving, and if you’re still rounding up your dinner menu, may I suggest a quick trip to the supermarket to pick up the ingredients for this Filipino-style Lasagna? Because, my friends, it will be a fantastic addition to your holiday feast!

It’s hearty and delicious with tasty layers of lasagna noodles, chunky meat sauce, creamy bechamel, and gooey Cheddar Jack cheese. And it’s loaded with hot dogs and sweet banana catsup flavor to suit our Pinoy tastes!

Give this cheesy Lasagna a try, and make sure to come back here and thank me for the raves you’ll get. It takes a bit of work, but it’s so worth the effort. Your guests will be singing you praises while they’re lining up for seconds!

Cooking steps

The pasta dish has three parts: meat sauce, bechamel, and noodles. They’re prepared separately and then assembled to bake.Seriously, my friends, this pasta dish deserves a place on your holiday table.

Meat sauce– I like to add Purefoods hotdogs to appeal to Filipino tastes, extend servings and add a smoky flavor to the meat sauce. If you’re not a fan of these red hotdogs or don’t have access to them, substitute diced ham, chopped bacon, or Vienna sausages.

Bechamel– cook the white sauce to a spreadable thick consistency so it creates a creamy blanket over the meat and does not leak out between the layers.

Lasagna noodles– add a little bit of olive oil to the boiling water to keep the pasta from sticking together. Undercook the pasta for about 1 to 2 minutes shy of package directions as they will continue to cook in the oven when the assembled lasagna is baked.

Assembly

The recipe works best in a 13 x 9 lasagna pan which yields 12 servings with 3 layers each of noodles, meat sauce, and white sauce. Using this size of a pan, you will need about 15 strips of lasagna using 4 per layer and the remaining 3 to fill in gaps and entirely cover the length of the pan.
Try to use a lasagna pan or baking dish with more than 3 inches of depth if you can so there’s enough headspace to cover the pan without the foil touching the surface of the lasagna and mess up the melted cheese. if the baking dish is filled to the brim, loosely tent it to keep the foil from sticking to the cheesy layer. Pro tip: stick a few toothpicks into the assembled pasta to elevate the foil.

How to make without an oven

  • Assemble the pasta in a heat-proof dish that would fit the skillet you’ll use.
  • Heat a wide, heavy-bottomed skillet for about 8 to 10 minutes. Make sure the skillet has a tight-fitting lid and is wide enough to fit the baking dish.
  • Place a wire rack in the skillet and the assembled lasagna on the rack.
  • Cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid and “bake” the pasta until heated through and cheese is melted.

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