Meaty Lasagne with Aubergine

    1 hour 30 min

    I wanted to make Lasagne for the family, but none of the recipes I could find worked with the ingredients I wanted to use, so I improvised and came up with this!

    Warwickshire, England, UK
    14 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 12 Sheets of Lasagne Pasta
    • Grated Cheese for on top (I used a cheddar and mozzarella mix)
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    • For the Meaty Filling
    • 1kg Minced Beef
    • 1 Aubergine (diced)
    • 1 Onion (diced)
    • 1 Celery Stick (chopped)
    • 400g Chopped Tomatoes
    • 400g Passata
    • Dash of Red Wine
    • 12 Basil Leaves (chopped)
    • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
    • 1 Beef Stock Cube
    • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
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    • For the White Sauce
    • 125g butter
    • 800ml milk
    • 75g plain flour
    • 1 egg
    • Pinch of Nutmeg
    • Pinch of Salt

    Prep:45min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr30min 

    1. Start by preparing all of the vegetables (aubergine, onion, celery and tomatoes if using fresh), and setting the oven to Gas Mark 4.
    2. Heat the Olive Oil in a pan and add the Aubergine, Onion and Celery. Heat for 10 minutes until onion goes slightly se through.
    3. Add the Minced Beef to the pan and heat for 5 minutes (or until brown)
    4. Add the Chopped Tomatoes, and Passata and heat for a couple of minutes until bubbling.
    5. Add the Basil, Oregano Beef Stock Cube and the Red Wine and leave to simmer for 15 minutes.
    6. While simmering, start on the White Sauce by heating the Butter in a pan, and then adding the Milk and Flour. Keep stirring as you bring it to the boil.
    7. Add the Egg, Nutmeg and Salt and simmer - the sauce should thicken.
    8. Then on to the layering... To a large casserole dish, add a layer of the meat mixture, followed by a layer of the pasta sheets, and a layer of the white sauce. Perform these layers again, making sure that the last layer is white sauce.
    9. Once this is done, sprinkle the grated cheese on top and place in the centre of the oven for 45 minutes.
    10. Serve with garlic bread or a side salad.

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