Monday, May 16, 2011

Recipe: Lasagne

I think every household has a different lasagne recipe- and this is my way of doing it! Everyone also prefers their lasagne in a certain way i think. I mean, my lasagne has got a far bit of sauce to it, whilst other lasagnes can be made almost entirely of pasta layers and almost no filling (it's popular to do it this way in America). This is just the way i like it- lots of sauce, quite garlicky, and plenty of cheese on top! I use Sainsbury's fresh lasagne sheets for the pasta layers.

Lasagne (serves 6, or 4 greedy people!)

1 tbsp olive oil
1 white onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
500g lean minced beef
10g fresh basil leaves, torn
1 ½ tins chopped tomatoes
½ tsp dried basil
1 tsp sugar
Salt and pepper

White Sauce
50g butter
50g plain flour
550ml skim milk
1 pack (150g) Garlic and Herb Boursin
Salt and pepper

4 fresh lasagne sheets
20g finely grated parmesan
75g grated cheddar

1. Fry the onion, garlic, minced beef, and some seasoning, in the oil, on a high heat, for 10 minutes, stirring often. Add chopped tomatoes, dried and fresh basil and sugar, and cook for 10 more minutes. Season to taste and set aside.
2. In another saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the flour, and then gradually add the milk. Crumble the boursin into the sauce, and keep stirring on the heat until you have a smooth sauce. This sauce should take around 15 minutes to make from the start. Season to taste
3. Preheat the oven to 200C. In a baking dish, layer the mince, pasta, and white sauce. I do it in this order: Mince, pasta sheet ( around 1.5 or 2 sheets per layer), white sauce, mince, pasta, then finishing off with the white sauce.
4. Sprinkle with the grated parmesan and cheddar, and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Put under a hot grill for a couple of minutes until the top is nice and golden. Remove from the oven, allow to cool a little, and serve!

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