Pasticho is the Venezuelan version of Lasagna. This Venezuelan Pasticho is creamy, cheesy, full of flavor and totally irresistible! Try it.
- 8 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 4 cups milk, warm
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Make the Bolognese sauce:
Prepare Bechamel sauce:
In a medium pot, melt butter over medium heat. When the butter has completely melted, add the flour and whisk until smooth, about 2 minutes. Gradually add the milk, whisking constantly to prevent any lumps from forming. Add salt, nutmeg, and pepper and continue to simmer and whisk over medium heat until the sauce is thick, smooth and creamy, about 5 - 8 minutes. The sauce should be thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Remove from heat and check for seasoning. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 375º F. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Spray with butter a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Spread 1/2 cup of the bechamel sauce into the bottom.
Arrange the 3 pasta sheets side by side, covering the bottom of the baking dish. Evenly spread a layer of bolognese sauce, about 2 cups. Spread 1 1/2 cup of the bechamel sauce. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese on top. Arrange another 3 layers of the pasta sheet, bolognese sauce, bechamel sauce, and parmesan cheese. Repeat. Arrange the final layer of pasta sheets and top with remaining béchamel, Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese.
Cover the lasagna dish with aluminum foil and place it on the baking sheet. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 45 - 50 minutes, or until top is bubbling and the pasta is tender. Remove cover and continue to bake for about 15 minutes or until the cheese on top becomes golden.
Let it rest for 8- 10 minutes before serving.
Some people like to add ham to the pasticho, if you are one of them, you can add the ham slices over the bolognese sauce layer.
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Please note that nutritional information is a rough estimate and it can vary depending on the products used.
Calories: 532kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 25g