RECIPE: Lasagne


Lasagne is one of the most popular Italian dishes to have reached other parts of the world. In homes across the globe, it is a favourite family meal. There are many variations on this traditional Italian dish, but this version is really easy to make and tastes delicious. Here is how to make lasagne.

Ingredients for Lasagne

  • 650 g minced beef
  • 12 sheets of lasagne (or enough to cover three layers of your oven dish)
  • 250g mature cheddar (or other strong flavoured cheese), grated
  • 1 red and 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 jar of white lasagne sauce (or homemade bechamel sauce)
  • 150g button mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • A handful of torn fresh basil
  • 0.5-litre beef stock
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper

How to Make Lasagne

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat.
  2. Add the minced beef to the pan and cook for approximately seven minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mince is browned.
  3. Add the garlic, mushrooms and diced peppers. Cook for a further ten minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
  4. Add the tomatoes puree, basil, and chopped tomatoes.
  5. Stir through and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Preheat the oven to 180C/ gas mark 4. 
  7. Add the beef stock and simmer for another ten minutes.
  8. Layer the bottom of an oven proof dish with lasagne sheets.
  9. Using a ladle, spoon over half the lasagne mixture.
  10. Add another layer of lasagne sheets.
  11. Spoon over the remaining lasagne mixture.
  12. Add a final layer of lasagne sheets before covering with either your homemade bechamel sauce or a jar of white lasagne sauce. 
  13. Sprinkle the grated cheese evenly over the top. 
  14. Put the lasagne in the oven and cook for 35-40 minutes or until the top is bubbling and golden.
  15. Divide into portions and serve with salad and garlic bread.