It takes a bit of time to make, but each step is quite simple. The Bolognese is simple, it cooks slowly for 2 hours, and can be made earlier in the day, no need to wait for the last minute. You could probably make it the day before, just reheat when needed. The cheese sauce is super simple, and should be made close to when it is needed.
You can make one large lasagne, or two smaller ones. Double the recipe and make one to eat, one to freeze. You are already doing all the work, you may as well make one that you will need on a busy day when you don't feel like cooking.
Recently I have assembled one and froze it just before the baking step, will let you know if this is a good thing to do. It was, just put in the refrigerator overnight to start defrosting, then take it out of the fridge at least 4-6 hours on the day of cooking to defrost. You can place it back in the fridge until you need to bake it, if it defrosts quickly. (It worked perfectly, by the way)
Leftovers can be frozen, just thaw them in the refrigerator overnight before reheating. My kids have discovered thermoses this year and now take the lasagne to school in a thermos. I just heat it in the morning and they love it at school for lunch.
This is one of those rustic dishes that can feed a lot of people and is great now with the cooler weather approaching.
Makes 1 large lasagne
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
500g beef mince
500g pork mince
100g mushrooms, diced (optional)
2 x 810g tins crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vegeta
Pepper, to taste
White Cheese Sauce:
50g unsalted butter
50g plain flour
3 1/2 cups (875ml) milk
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
200g tasty cheese, grated
Salt and white pepper, to taste
1 x 375g packet Dried Instant Lasagne Sheets
150g grated tasty cheese
Bolognese: Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for another 1-2 minutes, or until onions have softened, but not browned.
Add the pork and beef mince, you need to brown the mince and break up all the lumps using a wooden spoon.
Add the tomatoes, sugar, salt, vegeta and pepper. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat to low. Allow the mince mixture to simmer away for 2 hours, uncovered, stirring every now and then.
After 1 hour I taste the sauce for seasoning, add extra salt and pepper now, or herbs if you like more.
After the 2 hours, taste again for seasoning
Add the milk a cup at a time, whisk it in to get rid of lumps, once it thickens add the next cup, until all the milk has been whisked in and the mixture is smooth. Cook, whisking continuously until the mixture just comes to the boil and thickens.
Remove from heat, whisk in the Dijon mustard and the cheese.
Season to taste with salt and white pepper.
Ladle a little Bolognese sauce into the base of a lasagne dish approximately 35cm x 25cm, and 6cm deep.
You need to put enough sauce to just cover the base.
Top with another layer of pasta sheets.
Ladle on the remaining white cheese sauce. Spread it out to cover the lasagne sheets. Sprinkle with tasty cheese, as much as you like. If you don't add cheese in the middle of the lasagne, add more cheese on top, than is pictured below.
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