Blogged by: Chirnside Park 23 May 2016 View comments
Classic Italian Lasagne
Blogged by: Chirnside Park 23 May 2016 View comments
Ingredients                                                                                                              Serves 6

250g dried lasagne pasta sheets
100g mozzarella cheese, coarsely grated     Bolognese
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large brown onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
750g premium beef mince
¼ cup tomato paste
800g whole peeled tomatoes, roughly chopped
Pinch caster sugar     Béchamel Sauce
60g butter
1/3 cup plain flour
4 cups milk

1. To make the Bolognese, heat the oil in a large heavy-based saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes or until soft. Increase heat to high, add mince, cook, breaking up mince with a wooden spoon, for 5 minutes or until browned. Add tomato paste, Cook, stirring for 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes and sugar. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, uncovered, for 40 minutes or until thick. Season with salt and pepper.

2. To make the béchamel sauce, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until foaming. Add flour, cook, stirring for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Slowly add milk, whisking constantly, until smooth. Return to heat and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon until the sauce comes to the boil.

3. Preheat oven to 180/160 degrees fan forced. Grease a 12-cup capacity lasagne dish.

4. Spread a little béchamel sauce over the base of dish (this prevents the pasta sticking to base). Cover with 1 layer pasta sheets, breaking to fit if necessary. Top with one-third of bolognaise sauce and one-third of remaining béchamel sauce. Repeat pasta and sauce layers twice, finish with béchamel sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella.

5. Bake, uncovered, for 1 hour or until golden and bubbling around the edges. Serve.

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