In this video, you can see Gordan Ramsay piping a white substance into his lasagna.

Recently saw a post about substitute for ricotta or cottage in a lasagna. Several members agreed that bechamel is traditionally used.

So is that what Ramsay is doing here?


Gordon says "white sauce", which is a simpler term for bechamel-based sauces and is quite common when making lasagna.

Yet the stuff that gets stirred in the bowl looks somewhat "fluffier" than classic bechamel and when it's piped has a "raggedness" that plain bechamel doesn't have, but smoother that pure ricotta.

My conclusion: it's hard to say for certain, but to me it looks like a mixture of both.

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    If you google "Gordon Ramsay Lasagna" you will find a recipe (assuming it is similar to the video) where he makes a bechamel, then adds cheddar cheese. The added cheese would certainly change the texture.
    – moscafj
    Jan 9 '16 at 14:33
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    @moscafj just watched again: there is finely grated cheese (parmesan?) amongst the mise en place, yet the sauce is too smooth for grated cheddar - that would have to be grated extremely fine. Still unclear to me. Watched a video about G's lasagne al forno - the bechamel looks quite different.
    – Stephie
    Jan 9 '16 at 14:41

It's the same recipe of bechamel, the only difference is that he adds cheddar cheese.

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