No fuss lasagne

Prep: 50 mins
Cook: 70 mins
No fuss lasagne

250g mozzarella, drained and grated

18-20 no cook lasagne sheets

85g parmesan

For the meat:

3 tbsp olive oil

4 onions, finely chopped

8 garlic cloves, crushed

1 dried mixed herbs

2 bay leaves

1 kg minced beef

4 x 400g tinned tomatoes

4 tbsp tomato ketchup

1 small glass red wine (optional)

For the white sauce:

200g butter

140g flour

1.7l milk

Sprinkle of grated nutmeg

To make the meat sauce: heat the oil in a large saucepan and gently fry the onions for 10 mins until soft and golden. Add the garlic, herbs and bay, and then cook for a further 2 minutes. Heat another frying pan and add in a quarter of the beef, cook until brown, then add to the onions. Fry the beef in stages and add to the onions until all the meat is in the pan with the onions. Toss in the tomatoes and ketchup with the onions and beef. Add the red wine if desired. Season and simmer.  Slowly cook for 30 mins until the sauce has thickened and leave aside.

In the meantime, make the white sauce. Add all the ingredients into a pan, season, then simmer, whisking continuously. Allow to simmer for about 5 minutes, whisking, until thick and smooth, then take off the heat.

Divide ingredients up so that you have two lasagnes. Add a thin layer of meat sauce to an ovenproof baking dish, drizzle with white sauce and sprinkle with a little mozzarella. Cover with a layer of lasagne sheets, and then top with more sauce, more mozzarella and more lasagne sheets. Repeat finally and cover the top layer in white sauce and some grated parmesan.

To cook, heat oven to 200°C/180°C fan/ gas 6. Place in the oven to cook for aprox 35-40 mins until golden brown on the top and crisp around the edges. Leave to settle for 10 mins before cutting into squares and serving with salad and garlic bread, if desired.

Serves
Makes 2 lasagnes

Preparation Time
50 minutes

Cooking Time
70 minutes

Main ingredients
Beef, Pasta & Noodles, Vegetables

Recipe Type
Dinner, Budget, Easy, Family Dinners, Quick Meals, One Pot, Classics

Cuisine
Italian

Special Info
Nut free, Pregnant Mums

Level of Difficulty
Easy

The lasagnes can be chilled in the fridge for up to 1 day before being cooked or frozen for up to 3 months. If freezing the lasagne whole cover the lasagne with cling film and freeze flat. Allow to defrost for a day in the fridge, then cook for 2 hours at 180°C covered in tin foil, remove tin foil and cook for a further 40 minutes. You can also freeze the sauces seperately in bags and use with pasta or shepherds pie.

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