Saturday, August 17, 2013

Recipe: Cheat's Olive and Ham Lasagne

Hey guys. Talking about quick and economic eating, this one does pretty well. If you make lasagne from scratch, it can take absolutely AAAAges (homemade pasta, homemade ragu. homemade white sauce etc.). It may not be the classiest of dinners, but last night when I got back in, and it was friday night and I was absolutely knackered from the week- but still wanted a good hearty homemade dinner, this hit the spot. I would have used fresh lasagne sheets as well to shorten the amount of prep time, but my local Co-Op didn't sell them. If you do use fresh sheets in the dish, it probably only needs to be in the oven for about 45 minutes. With the olives and the greek yoghurt, i spose it's a bit like a Greek Lasagne!

Cheat’s Olive and Ham Lasagne (Serves 4)
8 dried lasagne sheets
Drizzle olive oil (to stop sheets from sticking together)

800g pasta sauce (I use Lloyd Grossman’s Bolognese sauce)
150g sliced green olives stuffed with pimiento (100g for sauce, 50g for top)
200g diced ham
 
400g Greek yoghurt
1 egg
120g grated mature cheddar (70g for sauce, 50g for top)
Plenty of salt and pepper

1.Preheat the oven to 180C. Get a large saucepan of boiling water on the go. Precook the lasagne sheets for 3 minutes, using oil to stop them from sticking together (cook these in batches if necessary).
2. Mix together the pasta sauce, olives and ham. In another bowl, mix together the yoghurt, egg, cheddar and seasoning.
3. Layer a third of the pasta sauce into a large baking dish. Layer 4 of the pre-cooked lasagne sheets on top of the sauce. Layer another third of the tomato sauce, and ½ of the white sauce on top of that. Put the other 4 sheets on top of this, and top with the last of the tomato sauce, and the last half of the white sauce.
4. Top this white sauce with grated cheddar, and bake in the oven for 1 hour. Remove from the oven, garnish with the rest of the sliced green olives, and serve!

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