Lasagne

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

The world (and the world wide web) probably doesn’t need another lasagne recipe but when did that ever stop me 🙂

This is my favourite lasagne recipe its an ideal dish to serve a gaming group after a hard day of gaming. Most of the preparation can be done before the game so its just a case of finding the right moment to put it in the oven. This recipe will serve 4 to 5 people and can be served with garlic bread and a mixed green salad.

Ingredients

  • 25g Butter
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
  • 500g lean minced beef
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 2tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 4tbsp tomato purée
  • 250ml water
  • 1tsp mixed herbs
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 pieces of oven ready lasagne (about 200g)
  • 250g carton ricotta cheese
  • 175g mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 50g parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a large pan
  2. Add the onion and garlic to the pan
  3. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until the onion has softened stirring to prevent burning
  4. Add the minced beef and cook, stirring until the meat loses its pink colour
  5. Stir in the tomatoes, water, Worcestershire sauce, tomato purée and mixed herbs
  6. Cover and cook stirring occasionally for 40 minutes or until the meat is tender
  7. Season with black pepper and salt to taste
  8. Place three of the lasagne sheets in one layer in the bottom of a casserole dish
  9. Spread a thin layer of the meat mixture onto the lasagne in the dish
  10. Lay three sheets of lasagne on top of the meat in the dish in a single layer
  11. Spoon a third of the remaining meat mixture over the top of the lasagne covering the lasagne
  12. Cover with another three sheets of lasagne
  13. Spoon another third of the meat over the top
  14. In small spoonful add half the ricotta cheese then add half the parmesan and mozzarella
  15. Cover with another three sheets of lasagne
  16. Cover with the remaining third of the meat, then the remaining ricotta and then the rest of the parmesan and mozzarella
  17. Cover and place to one side ready
  18. About 40 minutes before you want to eat put the casserole dish into the oven
  19. Bake at 180ºC / Gas Mark 4 for 30 minutes
  20. Remove the lid from the casserole
  21. Bake for a further 10 minutes until the top is golden and bubbly
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