Olive oil for
For meat sauce:
2 large onions,
chopped (about 2 cups)
3 garlic cloves,
1 1/2 pounds
ground lamb (preferably
10 per cent fat)
A 28 to 32 ounce
can whole tomatoes
For white sauce:
1/2 stick unsalted
5 tablespoons all
4 cups milk
1 large egg,
An 8-ounce package
(about 1 1/2 cups)
Twelve 7 by 3
1/2-inch sheets dry
no-boil lasagne pasta
lengthwise into 1/3-inch thick slices and sprinkle slices on
both sides with
salt. arrange eggplant in a large colander and weight it
with a heavy bowl.
Drain eggplant 1 hour. Remove bowl and pat the
Set broiler rack
so that eggplant will be about 4 inches from heat and
in one layer in oiled shallow baking pans and brush
with oil. Broil eggplant
until golden, about 3 minutes on each side.
Make meat sauce: In a large heavy
non stick skillet cook onions and
garlic in oil over moderate heat, stirring,
until softened. Add lamb and
cook, stirring to break up, until it is no longer
pink, about 3 minutes.
Stir in remaining meat sauce ingredients and salt and
pepper to taste
and simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes. Meat sauce may be made 3 days
ahead, cooled completely, and chilled, covered.
Make white sauce: In a heavy
saucepan melt butter over moderately
low heat and whisk in flour until smooth.
Cook the roux, whisking, 3
minutes. Whisk in milk in a stream and salt and pepper to
simmer, whisking occasionally, 5 minutes, or until thick. Whisk in
egg, whisking vigorously,
and simmer sauce, whisking, 1 minute. The
white sauce may
be made 2 days ahead and chilled, its surface
covered with plastic wrap.
Preheat oven to
375 degrees F.
Pour 1 cup meat
sauce into a flameproof baking dish, 13 by 9 by 2 inches (sauce will not cover
bottom completely), and cover with 3 lasagne sheets, making sure they do not
touch each other. Spread about 1 1/2 cups meat sauce over pasta and arrange 1
layer broiled eggplant on top. Gently spread about 1/2 cup white sauce over
eggplant and sprinkle with about 1/3 cup
feta. Make 2 more layers in same
manner, beginning and ending with
pasta. Spread remaining white sauce evenly
over top pasta layer, making
sure the pasta is completely covered, and sprinkle with
Cover dish tightly
with foil, tenting slightly to prevent foil from touching
top layer, and bake in
middle of oven 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake
lasagne 10 minutes more, or
until top is bubbling. Set broiler rack so that
lasagne will be about 4 inches
form heat and preheat broiler. Broil lasagne
1 to 2 minutes, or until golden.
Let lasagne stand 5 minutes before serving. Serves 8 as a main course.