Perfect Homemade Lasagna
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Crispy edges and a gooey creamy centre; try out this recipe for the perfect homemade lasagna layered with both a rich bolognese and creamy white sauce!
(You can use this delicious Fresh Tomato Sauce)
I love visiting my sister who lives in Austria and I have to admit she makes the best lasagna ever
4 tbsp butter or olive oil
2 onions, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely grated
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 kg beef steak mince
500 ml fresh tomato sauce or passata 2 x 36 g sachet lasagne seasoning mix
300 ml of water
1 tsp dry marjoram
1 tsp dry celery & carrot
salt & pepper
1 tsp Vegeta
pinch of sugar
Béchamel (white sauce)
50 g butter
50 g plain white flour
500 ml milk
30 - 50 g Parmesan, grated
salt & pepper
You will also need
10 fresh lasagna sheets
300 ml of double cream
100-150 g of grated cheese
1. To make the bolognese sauce,
heat the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat and sauté the onion and carrot for 8 minutes, or until soft. Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds or so until fragrant. Add the mince to the softened vegetables and break it up with the back of your wooden spoon. Continue cooking until it loses its colour, stirring frequently, then add the tomato sauce/passata.
2. In the meantime, mix the lasagna seasonings mix with 300 ml of water and add it to the meat mixture. Add the marjoram and season with salt and freshly milled pepper, then mix well. Reduce the sauce to a very low simmer and cook, stirring continuously. Continue for around 30 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so to check that the mixture is not sticking to the pan. If it does, add a little water and stir well. The sauce should be thick and glossy. Season to taste.
3. To make the béchamel sauce,
melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat. Sprinkle in the flour and whisk for around 30 seconds or until well blended. Gradually add the milk, whisking well after each addition until the sauce is free from lumps.
4. Increase the heat to medium and continue cooking while stirring occasionally until it thickens to the point where it coats the back of your wooden spoon (around 10 minutes).
5. Take off the heat and mix in the parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper and mix until the cheese is completely melted.
6. Preheat the oven to 200°C / 180°C fan / Gas Mark 6. Grease a 30 x 20 x 5 cm-deep baking dish. Line the base of the dish with lasagna sheets and cover half with the béchamel sauce and half with the bolognese sauce. Sprinkle with one-third of the cheese and half of the double cream. Repeat the layers of lasagna sheets, béchamel sauce, bolognese sauce, cheese, and cream, finishing with the cheese sprinkled on top. Bake for around 40-50 minutes or until bubbling and golden brown.
Sometimes I like to mix in pork with the beef, but this is completely up to you; whatever you prefer!