15 January 2015

'Homemade' lasagna (2 portions for now and 14 for the freezer))


With 'homemade' we mean that this is not store-bought lasagna (that has lots of carrots and is quite sweet). Yes, we did go to the store and bought
3 red paprikas, 
140 gr grated Comté cheese, 
a 125 gr package of mixed grated Italian cheeses (Provolone piccante, Mozzarella, Pecorino and Formaggio Stagionato), 
2 (400gr) pots of Barilla Bolognaise sauce, 
2 packets of chilled ready made Béchamel sauce (66 cl in total) and 
2 packets of 'fresh' (i.e not the dried variety) lasagna sheets and 
a 400 gr tin of peeled tomatoes. 

On our way back we stopped at the market where an English butcher sells excellent chili hamburgers. They release hardly any fat and we used 6 of them instead of minced meat (750 gr).

Back home we halved the paprikas, removed the stems and seeds and grilled them under the grill till blackened. We pre-heated the oven at 200C and started slicing 4 onions, that were softened on a low heat. Then we added the contents of the 2 pots of Bolognaise sauce and the tin of tomatoes. We revved the skin from the paprikas, cut them finely and added them to the sauce, with 2 sprigs of rosemary, 6 sprigs thyme and 4 sprigs fresh oregano from the garden (homemade!) and heated the sauce on a very low heat for 20 mins.
In the meantime we turned the hamburgers into their original shape: minced meat and fried it till done and mixed the meat with the sauce. Removed the herbs!
Then we buttered a 30x36 cm baking tin and covered its bottom with (slightly overlapping) lasagna sheets. We covered them with one half of the sauce, then poured the contents of one packet of béchamel sauce over it, followed by another layer of lasagna sauce.
Then the last half of the sauce went in and the other packet of Béchamel. Finally a third layer of lasagna sheets, which were lightly covered with egg yolk. Then the grated cheeses and into the oven for 40 mins.

Sounds like a lot of work, but it isn't (half an hour) and the best thing is that after serving 2 portions you are left with enough to enjoy it on 7 more occasions!                                                                                                     Just let the rest cool, the cut portions and freeze them!

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