I believe most people like lasagna. My family is crazy about this Italian dish. Yeah, they like to eat it, little less help me do it.
Here’s what you need:
- lasagna noodles
- 700 g of minced pork
- 2 tins of diced tomatoes in juice (or 5-7 freshly minced tomatoes)
- 2 tablespoons of tomato puree
- salt, pepper, oregano, basil, herbs from Provence
- grated cheese
- 2-3 cloves of garlic
- olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
- 1½ glass of milk
- salt and pepper
- Make the Bolognese sauce:
- Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add minced meat and season it with spices. Fry until the meat is brown.
- Add diced tomatoes, tomato puree and garlic. Bring to boil, reduce heat and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Make the Béchamel sauce:
- Heat butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat until foaming.
- Add flour and constantly stir for about 1 minute.
- Add 1 glass of milk and when the mixture starts to boil add the rest.
- Bring the sauce to boil, reduce heat and simmer it until it is of cream consistency.
- Season it with salt and pepper.
- It is important to stir the sauce for the whole duration of the preparation.
- Cook the lasagna pasta:
- Working in batches, cook lasagna noodles in a large pot of boiling salted water for 3-5 minutes.
- Remove carefully with tongs, let it drain a bit and transfer to a plate or other flat dish. Make sure noodles don’t touch or they’ll stick together.
- Assemble the lasagna:
- Preheat oven to 180°C.
- Put lasagna noodles at the bottom of a baking dish.
- Spread béchamel sauce over.
- Put the Bolognese sauce on top.
- Spread grated cheese.
- Repeat the process: noodles – béchamel sauce – Bolognese sauce – cheese 3-4 times. It depends how big is your baking dish.
- The last layer should be noodles and cheese.
- Season the lasagna with herbs from Provence.
- Place the baking dish in the oven and bake lasagna until it is bubbling and beginning to brown on top (I keep it in the oven for 30 – 35 minutes and it is enough).
It takes some time to prepare lasagna but it’s worth the effort. And it is not that complicated so even a beginner at the art of cooking can cope with this Italian delicious dish.