I know Lasagne is traditionally not easy as it has different parts to it but try this one and you won’t be sorry!
INGREDIENTS FOR THE BOLOGNESE SAUCE
800g good lean minced beef
I onion and 4 cloves of garlic (optional- honestly)
150g or so bolognese or mascarpone and tomato sauce. Any brand is fine, doesn’t really matter which flavour
150g Salsa. Can be supermarket own or any brand. Salsa adds a bit of a kick and interesting flavour. I don’t tell my kids of course!
Half tube tomato purée
Mixed herbs or mixture of parsley, thyme and oregano
Beef stock – either a cube or liquid
METHOD FOR BOLOGNESE SAUCE
If using – Fry onion and garlic in a bit of olive oil large saucepan
Add beef and fry until brown all over
Throw in the beef stock cube or liquid, salsa and sauce
Squeeze in tomato purée
Sprinkle a tablespoon herbs over the top
INGREDIENTS FOR THE CHEESE SAUCE
Large dollop butter – optional. We’re not making a roux today, this is an easier method for cheese sauce.
400–500ml milk – full fat or semi skimmed
salt and white pepper
80g cheese, grated, mature cheddar is best
METHOD FOR CHEESE SAUCE
Do this while the Bolognese sauce is gently bubbling
Do NOT switch the heat on yet. Put cornflour in a small saucepan – stainless steel if possible
Add a small dribble of the milk and mix until it is a smooth paste/ liquid consistency
Due to the scienctific reaction it will feel odd to stir, that’s good!
Slowly add the rest of the milk until all added and all cornflour mixed in
Turn on the heat and bring to the boil slowly and mixing ALL the time. You have not made a roux first (where you mix flour and butter to a paste then add the milk) so it is crucial that you don’t stop stirring otherwise it will go lumpy.
If it does and you’re using a stainless steel pan you can whisk the lumps out.
Add the grated cheese but save a bit for sprinkling on the top and stir until all melted
Get a dish and add a thin layer of meat sauce then a layer of Lasagne sheets
Alternate these two ending with Lasagne sheets
Pour cheese sauce over the top, sprinkle last bit of cheese on that and cook at gas 180 for 40 mins or more
Serve on its own or with salad.