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

22 thoughts on “Lasagne – how to make it like a master

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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! 🙂

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