LASAGNE 1970S STYLE
- Cooking Time: 40 minutes
- Servings: 6-8
- Preparation Time: 30 minutes
- Olive oil
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 100g/3.5oz salami, or bacon, minced or finely chopped
- 1kg/2lbs minced beef
- 2 tbsp tomato puree
- 3 tsp dried oregano
- 2x400g/14oz cans plum tomatoes, chopped
- 150ml/2/3 cup beef stock, (use instant)
- 60g/2.1oz Butter
- 70g/2.4oz plain flour
- 600ml/2 1/3 cups whole milk
- freshly grated nutmeg
- 250g/0.5lb no-cook lasagne pasta sheets
- block Parmesan cheese
- 100g/3.5oz mozzarella cheese, grated
There are two sauces and some layering up to be done, so get everything ready and then you can assemble. You’ll need a 20cm (7.8 in) by 30cm (11.8 in) shallow baking dish (or similar), inside lightly greased with oil.
To make the ragout sauce, gently fry the onion and garlic in a wide pan in 2 tbsp oil until softened but not coloured. Tip the salami or bacon in along with the minced beef and stir though, breaking up any clumps of mince. Let it fry, moving it around from time to time, for about 4 minutes or until it’s faintly browned all over – it will, however, look more an unfortunate grey than brown. Next, season it, then add the tomato puree, oregano, chopped tomatoes and stock. Bring to a good bubble, and let it gently cook for about 20 minutes. It should be thick, gorgeously red, and not watery.
To make the white sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan, stir in the flour and let it foam a bit, then slowly add the milk, stirring all the time. Keep stirring over a gentle heat until it thickens and bubbles. Grate in a good shower of nutmeg, add some salt and pepper and stir it through, then remove from the heat.
To assemble and bake, spread about a quarter of the meat sauce across the base of the prepared dish, then cover this with a layer of lasagne sheets. Spread this with the thinnest layer of white sauce and grate over some Parmesan. Cover this with more pasta, and do the same again with white sauce and Parmesan. Now, go back to the meat, and spoon in and spread out evenly another quarter of it. Top again with three pasta, white sauce and Parmesan layers. Continue to the top until everything is used up, finishing with a thicker layer of white sauce and then scatter the grated mozzarella all over the top.
Slide the dish on the top shelf of a 190°C/375°F oven and bake for about 40 minutes or until the pasta inside is cooked and the top molten and golden.
Eat with a green salad.