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Sunday, 6 July 2008

The last time I made Lasagna was a few years ago and it was a disaster. The lasagna sheets were overcooked, soggy and everything just fell apart when I tried to remove a piece from the baking dish. I saw Twinklestar's beef lasagna and decided to give it another try. I didn't precook the pasta this time and the pasta sheets came out perfect. Just the right texture that I wanted. The bottom meat layer fell off when I tried removing a slice from the baking dish, so I would try layering the dish with lasagna sheets first before the meat sauce when I next make this.

Ingredients: 20 x 20 cm baking dish

  • 8 lasagna sheets

Meat sauce:

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 250g minced meat
  • 1 tbs garlic – minced
  • 2 onions – cut into cubes
  • 2 carrots – cut into cubes
  • 1 can of canned tomatoes
  • 1 handful of wild mushrooms - soaked
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbs tomato paste
  • 1 tbs tomato sauce
  • ½ beef stock cube

White sauce:

  • 2 tbs butter
  • 2 tbs plain flour
  • 2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 + 1/2 cup cup grated cheese (Mozzarella/ Parmesan)
  • Salt
  • Pepper


Meat sauce:

  • Sauté onion and garlic with olive oil until soft.
  • Add minced meat, stir fry lightly.
  • Mix in other ingredients and simmer until sauce thickens.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.

White sauce:

  • Warm up milk.
  • Melt butter.
  • Add plain flour to butter and whisk.
  • Stir to cook under low heat for about 1-2 mins to cook out the raw flour taste.
  • Slowly whisk in milk. Stir until sauce becomes smooth and creamy.
  • Remove pan from heat and slowly whisk in 1 1/2 cup of cheese.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.

  • Layer a greased ovenproof dish with the ingredients, starting with meat sauce, lasagna then white sauce. Repeat.
  • Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup cheese on the last layer of white sauce.
  • Bake at 200ºC until cheese is browned (about 40-45 mins).
  • Sprinkle on some mixed herbs and black pepper and serve.
  • I like to have more lasagna sheets in my lasagna so I added extra sheets to every lasagna pasta layer. To make it simple, this is how I layered my lasagna (from bottom to top): meat sauce-white sauce-pasta-white sauce-pasta-meat sauce-white sauce-pasta-white sauce-pasta-white sauce-sprinkle more cheese.

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