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Lasagna

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Course: Main course

How to cook Lasagna




Recipe Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 700g beef mince
  • 340g pork mince
  • 750ml bottle red wine
  • 800g tinned tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 200ml beef stock
  • Pinch Salt
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 litre whole milk
  • 2 bay leaves
  • onion
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 50g butter
  • 50g plain flour
  • 14 slices fresh pasta
  • 3 balls mozzarella, cut into small cubes
  • small handful grated parmesan
  • 2 tbsp butter

Recipe Instructions

1. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and saute the celery, carrots and onion for approximately 15 minutes. Add the garlic and rosemary.
2. Add the beef and pork mince and cook until the liquid from the meat has been absorbed.
3. Pour in approximately 400ml/14fl oz of red wine and stir well. Cook for approximately 45 minutes.
4. Once the wine has evaporated, add the tomatoes and stock. Leave the mixture uncovered to cook slowly for two hours. Top up with more warm stock if necessary. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
5. To make the bechamel sauce, place the milk in a large non-stick saucepan, add the bay leaves, onion and nutmeg and gently bring to the boil.
6. In a separate saucepan melt the butter and add the flour. Beat well and cook for two minutes. Remove the milk from the heat and add a little to the flour mixture. Combine well, and when all the milk has been absorbed, add a little more. Continue to do this until all the milk has been added, whisking continually.
7. Blanch the pasta in salted boiling water for three minutes. Put the bechamel sauce at the bottom of a lasagne dish in a layer, then place some of the pasta strips over the top. Follow this with some of the mozzarella and parmesan, and sprinkle over freshly ground black pepper. Follow with a layer of ragu. Repeat this step twice until all the ingredients have been used up. Dot knobs of butter over the surface and cook in the oven for 30 minutes. Serve.

Entered by: Alan01 Entered: 05/06/2007

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