Lasagne – how to make it like a master

Monday nights are meant for salads or stir fries.  You’ve overindulged all weekend and you need to give your body something healthy. Well, sometimes if you have a big week ahead of you or the the first day back at work has hit you like a smack in the face, a few veg just won’t cut it. You need punch and comfort.

Well before you

a. order a takeaway

b. book a table at your local

c. march to the shops to buy lots of expensive treats

Spare a thought for your bank balance. Maybe you could cook something awesome? Don’t believe me? How about this homemade lasagne.

lasagne

If you’ve made a batch of my bolognese, you can use a portion or two of this along with a quick roux (cheese sauce) and some dried lasagne sheets.  Easy!

You’ll see from the pic above, that I like my lasagne to be quite crispy on top rather than gloopy. (If you wanted it to be runnier, you could cook the pasta first so that it’s not drawing liquid from the other ingredients while it’s cooking in the oven.)

For 2 portions,you will need:

2 portions of bolognese

5-6 pasta sheets (uncooked)

20g butter

20g flour

250ml milk

a pinch of nutmeg

50g cheddar cheese

parmesan cheese for topping

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees fan.  Slowly melt the butter in a saucepan on a low heat and then add the flour and mix to a paste.

roux

Then add the milk and use a whisk to get rid of any lumps.  This will make a basic white sauce or ‘roux’. Once it has started to thicken, add the cheddar cheese and nutmeg and continue to mix until it forms a thin paste.  Remove the heat and leave it to cool slightly. It will also thicken a little bit more.

cheese sauce

Next you can start assembling.  A layer of mince….

layer 1

Then a layer of pasta….. (which can be a bit tricky as the pasta never fits the dish perfectly!)

layer 2

Then a layer of cheese sauce…..

layer 3

Repeat once more until everything is used and then top with a generous sprinkling of parmesan.

just before cooking

And then bake in the oven for 25 minutes.

cooked lasagne

Lovely!

crispy cheese

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22 Comments

  1. April 11, 2016 / 6:37 pm

    looks good! my fave lasagne is a veggie one tho – spinach and ricotta #anythingoes

  2. Jess Mrs Puddleducky
    April 11, 2016 / 9:12 pm

    I love lasagne, my kids used to live it, and now they don’t which is a shame for me!!

  3. April 12, 2016 / 3:57 pm

    This looks lush and great pictures too – there’s nothing worse than a recipe without the pictures! #MarvMondays

  4. April 17, 2016 / 12:59 am

    Oooh, I love a good lasagne and this looks like a really yummy recipe! I’ll definitely be giving your version a go at some point, my little one loves pasta so sure itll be a winner 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Emily

  5. July 19, 2016 / 9:40 pm

    I support you 100% on cooking from scratch and gathering around the table as a family to eat a terrific meal together. Lasagna is a great easy meal to fix and serve.

  6. July 19, 2016 / 9:54 pm

    I love that you make a rue for the cheese sauce instead of purchasing ricotta!

  7. Marissa
    July 19, 2016 / 10:19 pm

    I’ve never made my own lasagna, but this looks good enough to make me want to try!

  8. Sam
    July 19, 2016 / 10:54 pm

    Cooking from scratch is always daunting for me. But your pictures of each step are really helpful. Looks great!

  9. T.M. Brown
    July 19, 2016 / 11:57 pm

    Looks delish! The nutmeg surprised me…..I’ll have to try that out!

  10. Sarah
    July 20, 2016 / 1:36 am

    This looks so good! Lasagne is great because I can make it ahead of time and my husband can have it ready for me when I get home from work! I will have to try this recipe!

  11. July 20, 2016 / 1:47 am

    Mnn. I concur, the bank balance (and my waistline) is what keeps me in the kitchen. I also feed the food (like this lasagna) is much better when you control the ingredients!

  12. July 20, 2016 / 2:26 am

    Yum…this looks and sounds amazing! I’ve never made homemade lasagne before, but my husband and I LOVE it. Definitely saving this to try over the weekend! 🙂

  13. July 20, 2016 / 7:36 am

    I never would have considered adding nutmeg. Great tip.

  14. July 20, 2016 / 12:08 pm

    I love lasagne and I even more love to make them! But yours looks so delish, I’ll give it a try! Also, nutmeg is a must ingredient, so great tip! – Love, Anna

  15. July 20, 2016 / 3:35 pm

    Love this recipe and will try it! I’m pinning so I don’t lose it too. Thanks!

  16. July 20, 2016 / 4:15 pm

    Love lasagne! Our favourite is an eggplant one. This looks great. And nutmeg is an interesting addition!

  17. July 20, 2016 / 6:22 pm

    Oh, I LOVE lasagne. So does my family but I never get the time to make it like this. I’ll have to try it your way!

  18. July 20, 2016 / 9:30 pm

    This looks so good! I haven’t made a more traditional lasagna in quite some time! I think I need to try this!

  19. July 21, 2016 / 1:42 am

    One of my favorite meals, yum!

  20. July 25, 2016 / 9:22 pm

    I LOVE a roux recipe for lasagne – I dislike ricotta cheese in my lasagna, this recipe is perfection!

  21. Stan Headington
    August 16, 2016 / 12:40 pm

     I love this information!!

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