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Lizzie’s Lasagne

Everyone has their own Lasagne recipe and everyone makes it a different way. This one is quick and easy and absolutely delicious. I have also made it using curly fettucine which works very well if you don’t have any lasagne sheets in the house. Just cook them following the packet instructions and layer them as per the recipe. The texture is lovely and something a bit different

Lizzies Lasagne

ingredients:
3 cups of your favourite bolognese sauce
500g packet of frozen spinach (I use Birdseye – it is more coarsely chopped)
1 packet of fresh lasagne noodles (approx 8 sheets)
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoon plain flour
approx 2 cups milk
3 tablespoons sour cream
1 cup grated cheese
grated nutmeg
salt & pepper to taste
freshly grated parmesan cheese
additional grated nutmeg for topping

Method:
Cook the spinach according to directions on the box – about 4 minutes in a covered bowl in the microwave
Spread a couple of spoonfuls of bolognaise sauce on the bottom of your oven proof baking dish
Arrange lasagne sheets over the bottom cutting to size
Spoon over about a quarter of the spinach and a quarter of the bolognese sauce
Keep layering until all the pasta, sauce and spinach are used up. (I usually get 4 layers)
Make a thick cheese sauce adding the sour cream when thickened
Pour the sauce over the lasagne and top with the additional grated nutmeg, salt & pepper and freshly grated parmesan cheese.
Bake in 180c (fanforced) for about 40 minutes or until top is golden brown.
Leave to rest for a few minutes before cutting into blocks to serve.

Bon Appetit! 🙂

Lizzie’s Bolognese Sauce

I have been making this sauce the same way for about 30 years.  It can be fiddled with by adding extra ingredients such as mushrooms, spinach, grated zucchini or bacon etc.  The basic sauce however is delicious…

This recipe make quite a lot of sauce but it freezes very well and I also use it for lasagne or savoury pancakes…

Ingredients:

1 kg premium beef mince

2 carrots grated

1 large onion finely chopped

2 large cloves of garlic grated (I find grated garlic more flavoursome in sauces)

splash olive oil

wine glass of red wine

810 gram can crushed tomatoes

tub tomato paste

1 teaspoon Italian herbs (I always have a tube of Garden Gourmet Italian Herbs in the freezer)

nutmeg

salt & pepper to taste

large pinch of sugar (this is to taste and is optional)

1 litre of beef stock

a splash of balsamic vinegar

Method:

Over a high heat sweat the onion, grated carrot and grated garlic together in the olive oil

Add the minced beef and stir constantly to break up as finely as possible

Add the herbs and nutmeg and continue to stir

Add the red wine

Add in the tin of crushed tomatoes and tub of tomato paste

Mix together thoroughly

Add in the beef stock

It will look quite thin and soupy at this stage

Add a little salt & pepper – not too much as you can add more at the end

Bring back to boil then move onto a lower heat and cook uncovered at a slow to medium simmer for 2 hours or until it cooks down to a thick sauce

At this point you can adjust the salt & pepper and add in the sugar – this takes the acidity away from the tomatoes

If necessary add in a splash of balsamic vinegar – it gives a real punch to the sauce…

Serve with any type of pasta – spaghetti is wonderful of course.  I always drain the pasta and toss the sauce through before serving..

Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese..

Bon Appetit!

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