Not much beats a good home made beef lasagna. This is great for feeding a crowd at weekends as it can all be prepared in advance and left to cook. It can be frozen for up to 4 months. The sauce needs to simmer for a minimum of 20 minutes. If you have the time, let it simmer for 1 ½ - 2 hours, or cook in the oven 160°C as this will really enhance the flavour.
Course: Main Course
Season: Autumn, Summer, Winter
2tbspolive oilorganic, fairtrade
1onionorganic, peeled and chopped
1carrotorganic, scrubbed and chopped
2garlic clovesorganic, peeled and crushed
500glean minced beeforganic
400gtinned chopped tomatoesorganic
250mlred wineorganic, fairtrade or red cooking wine
12lasagna sheetsorganic, depending on the size of your dish
100ggreen saladto serve
1/2 tspEnglish mustardorganic
130gmature cheddar cheeseorganic, grated
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Fry the onion and carrot for around 5 minutes, until they start to soften. Add the garlic and fry for 2 more minutes. Remove from the pan and put to one side.
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in the pan and add the mince. Cook for 3-4 minutes until browned. Break it down with a wooden spoon and keep stirring so there are no lumps. If you are cooking a lot of mince, you may need to do this in batches, otherwise you are stewing it not frying it.
Add the tinned tomatoes, passata, herbs, worcestershire sauce and red wine if using and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Reduce the heat and simmer for a minimum of 20 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent it sticking. Put a lid on the pan if you are leaving it to simmer for longer.
To make the cheese sauce
Put the butter, flour, milk, stock and mustard in a pan over a medium to high heat and keep stirring until the sauce starts to come to the boil and thicken. Flaten out any lumps against the side of the pan with the back of the spoon. Remove from the heat, add 85g of cheese, season with pepper and stir until the cheese has melted.
To assemble the lasagna
Spoon around 1/3 of the meat sauce into the bottom of the dish, lay lasagna sheets on top in a single layer, not overlapping, cover with some of the cheese sauce and repeat until all the meat sauce is used up. Finish off with a layer of lasagna sheets, the cheese sauce and sprinkle the remainder of the cheese over the top. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes.
Serve the lasagna with a green salad
In a hurry or not all eating together?This dish can be prepared ahead of time and re-heated.it can be frozen for 3 - 4 monthsTip. A lasagne dish approx. 25cm x 17cm is big enough for 4 people and means you don’t have to break up any lasagne sheets.[nutrition-label]