Lasagna with Radicchio (chicory) and Smoked Bacon

Lasagna with Radicchio (chicory) and Smoked Bacon

By 15/11/2012

I had this recently at my mum's and I loved it.

This is such a creamy and tasty lasagna dish and radicchio goes very well with smoked bacon. They basically just go hand in hand together.
Add plenty of bechamelle sauce and you will make a wonderful combination of flavours.

Some recipes suggest cooking the radicchio separately first but I find that it is fine to add it raw and cook it in the oven. Cooking it will make it mellow in taste and will take away some of its bitterness.

Get yourself a glass of red and enjoy this wonderful dish.

  • Prep Time : 35 minutes
  • Cook Time : 40 minutes


Wash and cut the radicchio into small strips.

Start making the bechamelle sauce by bringing the milk to the boil.

In a saucepan melt the butter with the flour then add slowly the hot milk whilst always stirring. Add the nutmeg salt and pepper and bring to the boil. Cook for 5 minutes.

Cook the lasagne sheets in boiling salty water for a couple of minutes. Drain them in a colander.

Lay some lasagne and cover the bottom of a large baking tray.

Pour some bechamelle on top, some radicchio leafs, bacon, Parmesan and a drizzle of olive oil.

Then put some lasagne sheets on top. Make more layers until you finish off all the ingredients.

Lasagna with radicchio and speck

The last layer should be with the lasagne sheets, some grated Parmesan and olive oil.

Lasagna with radicchio

Cook in the oven at 200C for 40 minutes. Covered it up with a tin foil for 25 minutes then leave the foil off for the last 15 minutes so it will crisp up on top.

Lasagna with radicchio

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19 Responses to Lasagna with Radicchio (chicory) and Smoked Bacon

  1. caitlinsconfections

    Looks delicious as usual. 🙂 I don’t think I’ve ever had radicchio before, will have to try this!

  2. Ozlem's Turkish Table

    Radicchio and bacon, what a flavorsome combo! my kids love lasagna, this will be a very welcoming dish, thanks Alida! xx Ozlem

  3. Javelin Warrior (@javelinwarrior)

    Wow, this sounds wonderful, Alida! I’ve been experimenting recently with my lasagna recipe and I never would have thought to use radicchio. But I bet it tastes amazing. And is that fresh lasagna pasta I see? Thank you so much for sharing…

    • My Little Italian Kitchen

      It is dry one Javelin which I have boiled in water. Fresh one would be even better! Lasagne can be made in so many different versions!

  4. Choclette

    This looks delicious Alida, it’s hard to beat a good lasagne, although I haven’t made one in a very long time. I’m just thinking I could perhaps substitute mushrooms for the bacon here, I’m certainly tempted to try it.

  5. Mich - Piece of Cake

    I always enjoy a good lagsana and this looks delicious.. is that freshly made pasta?

  6. Jeanette

    Thanks so much for sharing your fantastic recipes and your beautiful Italy with us! We love what you do. That’s why we just nominated you for the Sunshine Award!

  7. Girlnpurpledres

    Yummy! Perfect for this cold weather too 🙂

  8. My Italian SmörgåsbordM

    love the recipe and your dad’s radicchio!!! here we can only find red radicchio, never actually seen the one with green leaves. this idea for a lasagna is lovely. will just substitute the bacon with some strong cheese when trying it.

  9. Suzanne

    All I can say is YUM!!! 🙂

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