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Shredded pork lasagna with smoked provolone and crispy sage

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Shredded pork lasagna recipe

For the first time in weeks, I am sitting in front of the computer without a fan blowing straight at my face. We have experienced such ridiculous heat these last few weeks and I honestly thought I wouldn’t be able to cope much longer. When it’s already 30+°c at 7 in the morning, you know you’ll be exhausted by midday. Luckily for us, the rain has arrived and have cooled down the whole situation. I am thankful because we are facing a horrible drought in South Africa and our farms, animals and plants have all been suffering but I’m also thankful because I can actually face being in the kitchen again. Last week was a complete right off because switching on the hob for more than 5 minutes was unbearable. We lived off fruit, salads and sandwiches and I can see my husband and kids are very much sick of it at the moment.

Shredded pork lasagna recipe

A few days ago I roasted a lovely hunk of pork until it was fall-apart-tender and used majority of it for pulled pork sandwiches but I had so much left-over and decided to use the pork that hadn’t been doused in barbecue sauce in a creamy lasagna of sorts. This is more just like a layered pasta bake because there’s not much of a traditional lasagna to be found here but I’m sure you’ll forgive me for calling it that. Anyway, because this is a rather bland-looking dish (so much beige!), you have to make sure the flavours punch you and your guests in the face. Nobody like beige looking and tasting food, do they?

Shredded pork lasagna recipe

I made a rich bechamel sauce flavoured with bay, white pepper and a little nutmeg and layered this with the shredded pork, lasagna sheets and slices of smoked provolone. The smokiness of the provolone added some good depth and interest to the finished dish and topped with a few sage, this lasagna was a real showstopper. Serve it with a green salad generously dressed in a zingy, zippy dressing to cut through the richness and don’t forget the ice cold beers. This is rib-sticking, comfort food at its best.


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Shredded pork lasagna with smoked provolone and crispy sage
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Recipe type: Lasagna, Pork
Serves: 6-8
for the bechamel sauce
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup flour
  • 3-4 cups full cream/whole milk
  • 1 bay leaf
  • generous grinding of fresh white pepper
  • ¼ nutmeg, finely grated
  • salt, to taste
for the lasagna
  • 3-4 cups left-over shredded pork roast
  • 100g smoked provolone, sliced
  • 250g (approximately 12) lasagna sheets
  • handful fresh sages leaves, drizzled with olive oil
  • 50g grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°c.
  2. To make the bechamel, melt the butter then whisk in the flour to create a roux. Cook for 30 seconds then slowly start whisking in the milk. You might not need all the milk, rather use too little and thin it out a little later.
  3. Add the bay leaf, pepper and nutmeg then allow to simmer gently.
  4. When the sauce has thickened and all the flour is cooked through, it's ready. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  5. Layer the lasagna sheets with the bechamel, the shredded pork and provolone cheese. Repeat until all the ingredients have been used.
  6. Top the lasagna with the grated Parmesan cheese and the sage leaves.
  7. Place in the oven and allow to bake for 30-45 minutes until the pasta is cooked through and the lasagna is golden brown and crisp on top.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

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Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • Karen Noel

    I used oven ready lasagna noodles and am very sorry I did. Noodles did not soak up sauce and were undone. Tecope would have benefitted from more detail in directions.

    • Alida Ryder

      I’m so sorry that it didn’t work out. I used dried pasta and they cooked perfectly. I’ll look at the recipe again and see where I can make the instructions clearer.

  • Heather

    Alida, this lasagna was so yummy! I didn’t have quite enough leftover shredded pork so I also crumbled up and browned some honey garlic sausage. I then also wilted some spinach I needed to use and made that (with the sausage) as a separate layer with the delicious béchamel sauce. I have never used oil-drizzled sage as a topping before but since I love sage, I was excited to try and it was amazing! Thanks for the recipe; as usual, it’s a winner!

    • Alida Ryder

      I love your additions Heather. And I so love when people take my recipes and customize it to suit their needs. So glad you liked this recipe!

  • Becky

    I have been stuck in a lasagna rut for too long. This looks like just the thing to sort it out. 🙂

    • Alida Ryder

      Ooh! Let me know what you think once you’ve tried it Becky!

  • Sabrina

    This lasagna looks amazing!

  • Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

    I woke up to single digits temps (in F) so I am a bit jealous of your fan. As for this recipe, so many savory flavors all in one, ti sounds like a hug for my stomach!

    • Alida Ryder

      Hahaha that’s exactly what it is Erin. A giant hug for your stomach. 😉

  • Lynne

    This sounds so good and looks great !!! Yes, yay ! for the cooler weather, and for the rain. We just need tons more for all the poor animals ….

  • Lisa

    Are you using regular lasagna noodles, boiling them first, or are you using the noodles in a box that are ready to use in the pasta? Of course, I might also assume that you are using fresh lasagna sheets. Please, advise.

    • Alida Ryder

      I used the boxed, ready to use variety but you can definitely do fresh as well.

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