Perfect Easy Lasagne

I love lasagne!  I have been making and altering my recipe during the cooler months over the past 10 years to come up with a recipe that I think tastes delicious, doesn’t take forever to prepare, and isn’t sloppy and oily (like it seems to be at pub-style restaurants).  I think I finally have it!

 Prep Time Clock Thumbnail Time: Prep: 30-40mins  Cook: 30-40mins  Serves Knife Fork Spoon Thumbnail Serves: 6

Ingredients:

500g beef mince
1 500g jar of pasta sauce – my recommendation is Five Brothers Oven Roasted Garlic and Onion
1 carrot – grated
1 zucchini – diced
salt and pepper
fresh lasagne sheets
grated cheese – 1 cup to sprinkle over top

Bechamel/Cheese Sauce:
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
milk – approximately 1 1/2 – 2 cups
grated cheese – 1 cup

Directions:

  1. Brown mince in large pan, once browned drain any excess juice that has come from the meat and stir in diced zucchini, grated carrot and pasta sauce.  Season with salt and pepper and let simmer for about 15-20 mins stirring occasionally.
  2. Bechamel/Cheese Sauce:  While the mince is cooking take out a pot and put on the stove at a medium-high heat and melt butter, once the butter starts to foam add the flour and whisk quickly to stop from burning/sticking to the bottom of the pot, cook for about 1 min then gradually add milk a little at a time whisking constantly to avoid lumps and keeping the white sauce thick.  Once you have used all the milk remove the sauce from the heat and add 1 cup of cheese, stir and let sit for a few minutes so the cheese can melt.
  3. Preheat your oven to 180°C.
  4. Take out a baking dish (mine is 27cm x 18cm, if your dish is larger you might want to increase the ingredients) and start by covering the baking dish with a lasagne sheet, then a thin layer of bechamel, a thin layer of mince, another lasagne sheet and so on… finish with a final lasagne sheet and a layer of bechamel and then top with grated cheese.
  5. Bake in the oven for 30-40 mins or until the cheese is golden.

Note: you can try with different vegetables or no vegetables if you aren’t a fan, I find the carrot helps to absorb some of the juices, and it’s just good to get your vegetable quota for the day! 


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