To be honest, I have not made this recipe in ages – I live alone and cooking a full-on meal is not something that I do often. In fact, the last time I made this dish would have been in 2014 when I last tried to impress a man with my culinary skills. He was impressed with the dish haha – just not the rest of the package 😉
That said – this one is a killer, super easy to make, and can be doubled and tripled easily (just monitor your baking time there) – you can even use packet cheese sauce – and whatever else you have on hand – it isn’t set in stone, just have fun with this.
The recipe is for 4 people.
500g lean Minced Beef
50 ml Olive Oil
2 x 410g tins Mediterranean Vegetables
50g Tomato Paste
Salt, Pepper, Dried Mixed Herbs (or whatever seasoning you have)
1/2 Box Lasagna Sheets of your choice
50 g Butter
300ml – 500ml Milk (depends how thick or thin you like it)
100g Grated Cheese
100g Grated Cheese
Grated Parmesan Cheese
Switch on the oven to 180 degrees, rack towards the bottom.
Stirfy mince in a big pan with oil over high heat, add herbs and tomato paste during frying. Switch the heat off and add 2 tins of Mediterranean vegetables. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Cheese Sauce – melt butter in a pot, but do not let it start cooking. Add flour and stir with a wooden spoon until all mixed together and looks paste-like – around 1 minute. Add milk slowly while whisking between each addition, this will get all the lumps out of the mixture. Once it looks like the consistency you want, remove from the heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes, stir in the grated cheese.
Assembling – use a large ovenproof dish, lightly greased or spray and cook’ed. Layer some mince and veg mixture over the bottom. Place lasagna sheets on top. Cover with a large dollop of cheese sauce and spread it out. Repeat until all mixture used up. Finish off with grated cheese in the top to make a nice crusty goo.
Pop in the oven for roughly 45 – 55 minutes – just keep an eye on it towards the end, or turn the oven off for the last 10 minutes. Allow the dish to sit outside of the oven for 10 minutes (if you can) otherwise dishing up can get a bit messy.
Serve with salad and sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. Or eat out of the dish in your pyjama’s on the couch – no judging. PS – it’s also tasty cold on toast.