It is very easy to make and perfect hot or cold, with salad...for BBQ's, a hearty dinner, buffets, anything you can think of. The recipe is easy to adjust for portion sizes and this one roughly makes 6 big pieces. But if you are looking to mass cater, just double up the portions of meat, sauce and pasta and adjust the herbs, spices and seasoning, accordingly.
- 500g lean mince steak
- 2 400g tins of chopped tomatoes
- 1 tube (1 small tin/ 2 heaped tbsp) tomato puree
- 2 beef oxo cubes
- 100g salted butter
- 3tbsp cornflour (more may be needed to thicken)(plain flour can be substituted - but more may be needed)
- 250g grated cheddar
- 1pt semi skimmed milk
- 1 box of standard lasagne sheets
- salt and pepper seasoning
- 11/2 tsp oregano
- 11/2 tsp basil
Magic in the Method
1. Heat a fan assisted oven to 180C. Brown the mince in a large frying pan. Once browned crumble the two oxo cubes into the pan.
2. Reduce the heat on the mince, add the tomato puree, chopped tomatoes, seasoning, herbs and leave to simmer.
3. In a separate saucepan melt the unsalted butter. Remove from the heat and add cornflour to make a paste, before adding about a pint of milk, seasoning and add back to a low heat. I would recommend stirring, almost continuously, whilst it thickens. (Using a small whisk helps to avoid lumps)
4. Once the sauce has started to thicken add in half of the grated cheese and when melted remove from heat.
5. To start layering your lasagne, now the mince and sauce are ready, put a thin layer of mince on the bottom of a 9x13in lasagne dish and cover with pasta sheets. Pour on the sauce till covered and then add another layer of pasta. Repeat the pattern once more, before scattering the top with the remaining cheese.
7. Place in the oven for around 30mins or until golden brown and bubbling. Serve with salad, garlic bread and/or boiled/jacket potatoes.
EASY PEASY :)
Try adding finely chopped fried onions to the meat for extra flavour. Also, you could add chopped vegetables such as softened carrots or peppers. If you like a little heat, a tsp of chilli powder can add a nice little kick to the mince or if you're feeling italian a clove or two of crushed garlic would taste delicious. Or if you're being especially healthy, try topping with a combination of crushed garlic, greek yogurt and a small handful of cheddar, for an alternative creamy topping.
Go on, give it a go...I dare you!
Keep calm and eat up kiddies,