Recipe: Lasagna

LASAGNA

Whether you spell it lasagna or lasagne, we can all agree it's an Italian classic, a family favourite and a real crowd pleaser. This recipe ticks all the right boxes at every level... the white sauce, the pasta and layers and of course the meat!

Ingredients

Bolognaise

  • 1 large white onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 500 g beef mince
  • 500 g pork mince
  • 200 ml red wine
  • 100 ml milk
  • 400 g tinned tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée

White Sauce

  • 50 g butter
  • 50 g plain flour
  • 500 ml milk
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg
  • 50 g mozzarella
  • 50 g ricotta
  • 50 g Parmesan
  • 50 g cheddar

Construction

  • 400 g fresh spinach
  • 2 courgettes
  • 12 fresh lasagna sheets
  • 20 g Parmesan
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil
Start the Bolognaise

Step 1

Start The Bolognaise

Peel and finely dice the onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Fry in the olive oil over a medium heat with the bay leaves for at least 5 minutes with a lid on the pan to soften them. Add the minced meat to the sweated vegetables and break up with a spoon as it cooks over a high heat.

Finish the Bolognaise

Step 2

Finish The Bolognaise

Splash in the wine, milk, tinned tomatoes and then half fill the empty tin with water and add that too (200ml). Heat to a gentle simmer, then lower the temperature, put on a lid and cook very slowly for 3 hours, stirring occasionally and topping up with a little more water if it dries out.

Cheese Sauce

Step 3

Cheese Sauce

Melt the butter in a saucepan and stir in the flour to form a paste. Pour in the milk, a little at a time, stirring continually and only adding more milk when the last has been incorporated and you have a smooth sauce again. Bubble very gently for 2 minutes once all the milk is in, then season well with salt, pepper, grated nutmeg and stir in all 4 types of cheese.

Spinach

Step 4

Spinach

Wash the spinach, then add to a huge hot saucepan with a pinch of salt and pepper. Use tongs to keep the leaves moving until they have wilted right down. Drain into a colander and squeeze out excess water.

Courgette

Step 5

Courgette

Chop the courgette into a fairly small dice. Fry in a shot of olive oil in a hot frying pan with a pinch of salt and pepper to gain some good colour and soften. Toss the courgette and spinach together.

Layer

Step 6

Layer

Place a layer of the meat sauce into the base of a deep ovenproof dish. Cover with fresh pasta sheets, then pour over a layer of the cheese sauce before scattering over some of the spinach and courgette mixture. Repeat with more meat, pasta, white sauce and spinach 3 more times before finishing with cheese sauce and an extra grating of Parmesan.

Bake

Step 7

Bake

Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the top is golden, a little crispy around the edges and piping hot throughout. Leave to rest for 10 minutes before serving. Serves 6.

Comments

rodzajowo

Best base recipe for lasagna in a long time! I cut the veg into much smaller pieces to speed up cooking & skipped on the celery (not a fan) using leek instead, but other than that 100% according to the instructions & turned out brilliant. One word of advice: the 25-30min bake time made my top layer of cheesy sauce burn a little. Next time I'll go for 20-25 instead and check on it more often :)

studentchow

As a rule. I'm not a big fan of lasagna. Too many sauces and too much prep work, but we will endeavour to give it a go. We're going full hog on this batch cook, because as we've covered, its worth putting a little bit more work to test your skills and because it's a batch cook, it will be effort that goes a little longer of a way. Multi task and it'll be done in no-time.

colinyoung

If i made this the day before (without putting it in the over to bake) and then kept it in the fridge - should i change the oven temperature and time in the over when i go to bake it?

aninha

A basic recipe for parisienne gnocchi - the possible ways to serve them are endless!

ewikm94

Lasagna made in a mini pan (cocotte), homemade potato chips and a mixed salad.

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