Lasagne for lords

    3 hours 5 min

    A very rich and decadent beef lasagne. Prepare ahead for an easy meal. Easy to increase quantities for cooking for a crowd. Serve with a green salad or french fries and garlic bread. This quantity makes enough meat sauce to freeze leftovers for a quick spag bol. Two meals in one!

    Samantha's Supper

    Kent, England, UK
    6 people made this

    Serves: 2 

    • good glug olive oil
    • 2 onions, diced
    • 500g lean steak mince
    • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 1/2 bottle red wine
    • 2 (400g) tins chopped tomatoes
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 large pinch dried mixed herbs
    • 2 bay leaves
    • good splash Worcestershire sauce
    • few drops Tabasco® sauce
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
    • 2 knobs butter
    • 3 tablespoons plain flour
    • 500g dried lasagne sheets
    • 150 to 300ml milk
    • 1 good handful grated mature Cheddar cheese
    • 1 pinch ground nutmeg

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:3hr  ›  Ready in:3hr5min 

    1. In a fry pan, heat a glug of oil and add the onions. Cook for 5 minutes then add the mince, breaking up any lumps with a wooden spoon. When browned add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add the wine and cook for another 5 minutes. Now add the tomatoes, salt, pepper, herbs, bay leaves, Worcestershire, Tabasco, sugar and tomato puree. Bring to the boil and then simmer slowly for a minimum of 2 1/2 hours. This can be made the day before if preferred.
    2. Meanwhile, melt the butter over low heat in a saucepan. Add the flour, whisking vigorously. Cook the flour taste 'out' for a minute being careful not to burn. Keep heat low. Slowly add the milk (have extra on hand). You want to develop the sauce from a thick paste into the consistency of a thinish sauce (a bit like a thickish soup). Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese, salt, pepper and nutmeg.
    3. When you are ready to assemble the lasagne, grab a small loaf tin or small baking dish (use your lasagne sheets as a guide).
    4. Place a thin layer of meat sauce on the bottom, add a lasagne sheet, meat sauce and a drizzle of cheese sauce. Add another lasagne sheet, meat sauce and cheese sauce. Repeat another couple of times.(I tend to use 5 sheets). Top off with a thin layer of meat sauce and the rest of the cheese sauce. It's optional but is nice decorated with a couple thin tomato slices and bay leaves and a sprinkle of mixed herbs.
    5. Cover with foil and chill until ready to bake. Pre-heat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Place the lasagne dish on a baking tray and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for a further 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.

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