Thursday, June 30, 2011

lasagna

one day before i started my holiday r. and i made lasagna. i was astonished how easy it was so yesterday i gave it another try with some friends (unfortunately we did not have enough tomato sauce, so the balance between pasta and sauce was not that good. make sure you have at least 600g of chopped tomatoes!). if you want you can easily make it a vegetarian lasagna by just replacing the meat with vegetables such as peas, peppers, corn or carrotts (or mix meat and vegetables). one day i might try to make the dough for the lasagna sheets myself but for now i used ready made ones from the supermarket.

here is what you will need (4 hungry people):
  • sheets of lasagna
  • 320 gr ground meat (half pork/half cow)
  • some oil
  • 1 or 2 onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/8l red wine (optional)
  • basil, parsley or whatever herbs you like
  • at least 600 gr chopped tomatoes
  • 50 gr butter
  • 40 gr flour
  • 3/4 l milk
  • salt, pepper, nutmeg
  • at least 200 gr ground cheese

for the filling:
cut onions and garlic and start roasting the ground meat with some oil. now add the onions and garlic and season it with some salt and pepper. (if you want you can deglaze it with some red wine now). then add the tomatoes and leave on the stove until most of their liquid is gone (you don't want your lasagna sheets to swim, right?). start the béchamel sauce and when it is ready you can add herbs as you like or spice the tomato sauce with some hot pepper.

for the béchamel sauce:
the important thing here is to stir it all the time!
melt the butter, carefully stir the flour into it (some at a time) and let the mixture get a golden brown colour. take it from the heat source and stir in the milk. now everything has to boil and then cook on low heat for about 10 min. don't forget the stirring! otherwise your sauce will burn. when it got its thick texture you can season it with salt (white) pepper and nutmeg. i also add some of the cheese. be careful with tasting the sauce as it gets unbelivebly hot!

preheat your oven to 180°C/356°F

use some butter or oil to slightly cover your baking dish with and start with a layer of lasagna sheets. then some béchamel, again lasagna sheets then tomato sauce and repeat.
make sure to end with a layer of béchamel and spread the cheese on top.
bake for about 25-30 min at 180°C/356°F and serve with a fresh salad.
 enjoy!

2 comments:

Lauren said...

I have all the ingredients. I'll make this tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe :)

Cat said...

have fun and enjoy!
and let me know if you have any tips or suggestions.