Monday, 18 November 2013

Home made Beef Lasagne

We had some friends visiting us for my Amma's birthday, some very close friends with whom we can take the risk of trying out new dishes ;). The hubby has been telling about making Lasagne for a long time so we decided to make Lasagne, or rather hubby to make Lasagne and me to eat it ;). As a backup, I made Pathiri, chicken curry with coconut milk, rice and daal too :). The lasagne was soo yummy that the backup dishes went straight into the refrigerator he he he.
I always thought Lasagne was packed with cheese in every layer but I was wrong! Try it out people and decide for yourself :).



Ingredients
Bechamel Sauce (White Sauce) - Recipe here
Olive oil
Salt to taste
Freshly ground pepper
Lasagne sheets
Cheese (I have used a mix of Parmesan, cheddar and mozzarella)

Bolognese sauce - ingredients are given below

To Marinate
500g minced beef
2 tsp dried Oregano
a small bunch of fresh basil or dried basil
1 tsp dried rosemary

To Grind
2 tomato
2 cloves of garlic

To chop
2 onions
2 celery sticks
1 small carrot

Method

  • Marinate the minced beef with the ingredients under the label 'To marinate'. Add freshly ground pepper and salt to taste and keep aside.
  • Puree the tomato along with the garlic. Keep aside.
  • In a chopper, chop the ingredients under the label 'To chop' or you can cut it using a knife into small uniform cubes.
  • In a pan, add 1 tbsp of olive oil and saute the chopped onion, carrot and celery sticks with a little salt in medium heat.
  • Saute for around 15 mins or until the veggies are softened, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the marinated beef to the pan and mix well. Cook covered for about 10 mins. Water will start coming out from the beef hence additional water is not required.
  • Take the lid off and add the tomato puree, salt and pepper and cook covered for another 20 mins stirring occasionally.
  • Take the lid off and cook for another 30 mins stirring occasionally making sure that the sauce doesn't dry up. Add a little water if you think its drying out. Switch off the stove and keep the Bolognese sauce aside.
  • Take an oven proof dish and grease it with olive oil.
  • Spread the Bolognese sauce in the dish. Spoon in a layer of white sauce. 
  • Follow with a layer of lasagne sheets. Spoon another layer of Bolognese and white sauce and followed by a layer of lasagne sheets.
  • Finish with a layer of bolognese sauce and white sauce. Sprinkle the cheese over the top layer.
  • Cover the dish with an aluminium foil and bake in oven at 180 C for 30 mins.
  • After 30 mins, remove the foil and bake it for another 20 mins until it starts bubbling and the top layer is a nice golden color.
Yummy lasagne is ready :). We were so eager to taste the lasagne that we forgot to take snaps right after we took it out of the oven :). But before we finished it, took the below pic :)

Note

  • Follow the instructions on the lasagne pack for cooking it. The one we used did not require any pre cooking. If the lasagne sheets need to be cooked, then bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagne sheets in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain lasagne, and rinse with cold water.
  • You could add cheese in each layer, we didn't want it to be too heavy hence added it only on the top layer.
  • You could try the recipe with chicken or veggies.
  • You can do away with the cheese also.


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