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Recipe

Simple, satisfying lasagne

Nothing beats a good lasagne, but it's even better when you make a hearty tomato sauce from scratch.

  • 20 mins preparation
  • 1 hr 10 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Simple, satisfying lasagne

Ingredients

Simple, satisfying lasagne
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 500 gram beef mince
  • 2 cup basic tomato sauce
  • 2 cup basic white cheese sauce
  • 1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard
  • fresh lasagne sheets
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese
  • chopped fresh italian parsley
Basic tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 diced whole peeled tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • sea salt and cracked pepper
Basic white cheese sauce
  • 60 gram butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 3/4 cup hot milk
  • 1/2 cup tasty cheese, grated
  • sea salt and cracked pepper

Method

  • 1
    To make the tomato sauce, heat the oil in a medium saucepan and saute onion and garlic for 3-4 minutes over low heat until softened and fragrant. Add wine and reduce by half, then add tomatoes, sugar and seasoning. Simmer the sauce, covered, for 10 minutes.
  • 2
    To make the white cheese sauce, Heat the butter in a medium saucepan until melted and bubbling. Add flour and cook for 2-3 minutes until mixture is a sandy texture and golden. Gradually stir in a little hot milk at a time until you have a smooth creamy sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes, then stir in cheese and season to taste.
  • 3
    Next, heat oil in a large frying pan and brown mince. Add tomato sauce and simmer for 10 minutes. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Mix cheese sauce with mustard.
  • 4
    Heat a shallow pan with water and dip 2-3 sheets of lasagne in for 1-2 minutes to soften. Lay in base of a lasagne dish and top with half mince mixture. Cover with another few pre-softened sheets, then spread over half the cheese sauce. Continue with another layer of pasta, the remaining mince and pasta, finishing with cheese sauce.
  • 5
    Sprinkle over grated cheese and bake for 30-40 minutes until golden. Top with parsley.

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