• Easy beef lasagne

    This easy beef lasagne will become your new favourite weekly dinner!

    SERVES 8

     

    INGREDIENTS

    MEAT SAUCE

    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
    • 2 carrots, peeled and grated
    • 1/2 cup finely sliced celery
    • 2 tbsp chopped rosemary OR thyme
    • 750 g low fat beef mince
    • 1 tin chopped Italian tomatoes
    • 1 cup  tomato passata
    • 1/2 cup  white wine OR stock
    • 2 tsp sugar
    • 1 tbsp Garlic and herb seasoning
    • Salt and black pepper to taste

     

    BECHAMEL SAUCE

    • 125 g butter
    • 1/2 cup flour
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • Salt and black pepper to taste
    • 1 cup  grated strong cheddar cheese (or parmesan cheese)

     

    TO FINISH

    • 250 g lasagne sheets (I prefer to use Barilla pasta sheets)
    • 300 g mozzarella cheese, cut into thin slices
    • 1/4 cup basil pesto
    • Few vine tomatoes
    • 1 tsp paprika

     

    METHOD

    MEAT SAUCE

    PREHEAT the oven to 180°C

    HEAT the olive oil in a large pot and sauté the onion, garlic, carrots, celery and rosemary(or thyme) for a few minutes on high heat.

    ADD the meat allowing it to brown. Season with salt and black pepper and stir to break up any lumps (use a fork). Add the tinned chopped tomatoes, tomato passata, white wine, sugar and the garlic and herb seasoning.

    SET the stove on medium to low heat, cover and let it simmer until the meat and vegetables are cooked and the sauce has thickened. I normally cook it for about 30 minutes but traditionally it is cooked for hours on low heat. You need to give it a stir every now and then. Set aside.

     

    BECHAMEL SAUCE

    HEAT the butter on medium heat in another saucepan until melted, add the flour and stir on the heat for about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the milk. Whisk it well to ensure that there are no lumps.

    PUT it back on the heat and stir all the time as it heats up, cooks through and thickens to your liking. Add salt and black pepper to taste. Stir in the cheese.

     

    TO FINISH

    USE an oven-proof dish to construct your lasagne layers. First off, spoon a few tablespoons of the meat sauce onto the bottom of the lasagne dish.

    THEN place a layer of the pasta sheets and top with a layer of meat, a layer of béchamel sauce and a layer of mozzarella cheese (use all the mozzarella cheese for this layer). Drizzle over all the pesto.

    REPEAT this step, now the last layer should be the béchamel sauce.

    COVER the lasagne dish with foil or a lid and bake in the oven for 40 minutes.

    REMOVE the foil, top with the vine tomatoes and sprinkle with the paprika.

    BAKE for another 10 minutes.

    LET the lasagne stand for 10 minutes before serving.

     

    Easy beef lasagne

    Serves: 8

    Ingredients

    • MEAT SAUCE
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
    • 2 carrots, peeled and grated
    • 1/2 cup finely sliced celery
    • 2 tbsp chopped rosemary OR thyme
    • 750 g low fat beef mince
    • 1 tin chopped Italian tomatoes
    • 1 cup  tomato passata
    • 1/2 cup  white wine OR stock
    • 2 tsp sugar
    • 1 tbsp Garlic and herb seasoning
    • Salt and black pepper to taste
    • BECHAMEL SAUCE
    • 125 g butter
    • 1/2 cup flour
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • Salt and black pepper to taste
    • 1 cup  grated strong cheddar cheese (or parmesan cheese)
    • TO FINISH
    • 250 g lasagne sheets (I prefer to use Barilla pasta sheets)
    • 300 g mozzarella cheese, cut into thin slices
    • 1/4 cup basil pesto
    • Few vine tomatoes
    • 1 tsp paprika

    Instructions

    For the meat sauce

    1

    Preheat the oven to 180°C

    2

    Heat the olive oil in a large pot and sauté the onion, garlic, carrots, celery and rosemary(or thyme) for a few minutes on high heat.

    3

    Add the meat allowing it to brown. Season with salt and black pepper and stir to break up any lumps (use a fork). Add the tinned chopped tomatoes, tomato passata, white wine, sugar and the garlic and herb seasoning.

    4

    Set the stove on medium to low heat, cover and let it simmer until the meat and vegetables are cooked and the sauce has thickened. I normally cook it for about 30 minutes but traditionally it is cooked for hours on low heat. You need to give it a stir every now and then. Set aside.

    For the béchamel sauce

    5

    Heat the butter on medium heat in another saucepan until melted, add the flour and stir on the heat for about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the milk. Whisk it well to ensure that there are no lumps.

    6

    Put it back on the heat and stir all the time as it heats up, cooks through and thickens to your liking. Add salt and black pepper to taste. Stir in the cheese.

    To finish

    7

    Use an oven-proof dish to construct your lasagne layers. First off, spoon a few tablespoons of the meat sauce onto the bottom of the lasagne dish.

    8

    Then place a layer of the pasta sheets and top with a layer of meat, a layer of béchamel sauce and a layer of mozzarella cheese (use all the mozzarella cheese for this layer). Drizzle over all the pesto.

    9

    Repeat this step, now the last layer should be the béchamel sauce.

    10

    Cover the lasagne dish with foil or a lid and bake in the oven for 40 minutes.

    11

    Remove the foil, top with the vine tomatoes and sprinkle with the paprika.

    12

    Bake for another 10 minutes.

    13

    Let the lasagne stand for 10 minutes before serving.

     

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    ALSO SEE: Pea, fennel & spinach lasagne

    https://www.foodandhome.co.za/recipes/pea-fennel-spinach-lasagne

    Recipe and styling by Christine Capendale 
    Photograph by Cathe Pienaar photography 

    Imka Webb
    Author

    Imka Webb is a freelance digital marketing expert and the digital editor of Food & Home Entertaining magazine.  www.imkawebb.com