THE ULTIMATE COMFORT FOOD: LASAGNA 🧀 This was the most highly requested recipe in my suggestion box the other day, so of course I HAD to deliver. Times are tough, so you gotta treat yourself in every way possible to keep morale high. Pour yourself a large glass of wine and stuff your gob with a big serving of this beautiful cheesy monster. You deserve it. 🍷
♥️ 2 tbsp olive oil
♥️ 5 streaky rashers, chopped
♥️ 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
♥️ 1 large onion, finely chopped
♥️ 2 sticks of celery, finely chopped
♥️ 500g lean mince
♥️ 1 tin of tomatoes
♥️ 1 @knorruk
beef stock pot
♥️ 4 tbsp tomato purée
♥️ 1 tsp caster sugar
♥️ 1 tsp balsamic
♥️ Dried oregano, rosemary, basil, paprika, salt, pepper
♥️ Handful fresh basil leaves
♥️ 50g butter
♥️ 50g plain flour
♥️ 550ml milk
♥️ Lasagna sheets
♥️ Grated cheddar
♥️ Grated mozzarella
👩🍳 Heat oil in a saucepan then fry off the bacon bits. Set aside until later. Add in the garlic, onion and celery and sauté until soft.
👩🍳 Tip in the mince and cook until brown. Add back in the bacon. Pour in the tin of tomatoes. Fill the tin 2/3rds of the way with water and add into the pan along with the beef stock, tomato purée, caster sugar, balsamic and seasonings. Bring the pot to a boil then reduce to a simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Tear in the fresh basil leaves.
👩🍳 Melt the butter in another saucepan on a low heat then add the flour. Whisk until combined then cook on low for another minute or two. This is called a roux! Remove from the heat then gradually whisk in the milk until smooth. Season then return to the low heat and whisk continuously until the sauce thickens – this may take a lil while. Stir in a handful of cheese.
👩🍳 Add some of the mince to a baking dish, then a layer of lasagna sheets, then a layer of white sauce and a sprinkle of mozzarella. Repeat. Top with a load of cheddar and mozzarella.
👩🍳 If you have time, leave the lasagna to rest for a few hours. Otherwise, preheat the oven to 180°C straight away and bake the lasagna for 45 minutes. Leave to rest for 15 minutes before serving – this means nice layers rather than big spoon of mush.