Lasagna – a quick meal & New Year resolutions.!

A lasagna makes for a simple yet classic meal on any day of the week – a delight for kids and adults alike. Enjoy..!

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Lasagna is a classic Italian dish that has gained immense popularity and fan following over time. It is made out of Lasagna noodles (flat rectangle pieces of pasta) combined with a classic bechamel sauce and a tomato based meat or vegetarian gravy. This is one of my daughters favorite dishes, and mine too. We do not make this at home too often because it is a bit heavy on the calories and definitely not a diet food as per South Indian standards. However it is a nice change and a much welcome dish.

Getting back, how was your New Year celebrations dear people? Or more importantly what is your New Year resolution dear?? Yup, I know it. The magic fairy told me that all of you have a  must do – wish to  thing to do this year, your resolution. Well, I have too. Actually I am a person of resolutions all year round. Unfortunately I make them and break them at will. And almost all of you know that I am the “heavy Santa” at home. So I guess my new year resolution this year (again) is to lose a few of those extra pounds. I lose count as to the number of times I made this decision, but hope it sticks this time.

Hence , as a last meal before a hopeful period of weight loss, I present this full on, indulgent meal – a lasagna to end my days of gorging and hopefully lose a few pounds so I do not have to make this resolution again.

 

 

LASAGNA – SIMPLE AND QUICK MEAL

Lets take this recipe step by step. Let us make the sauces and then assemble the dish. In order to make this dish vegetarian, substitute the minced meat with soya mince and add some flavorsome vegetables to it. the sauce can remain the same because it is basically a tomato sauce and contains no animal products.

1. Bechamel Sauce

  • 50 gm unsalted Butter
  • 1/4 cup All purpose flour
  • 500 ml Milk
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Pinch of grated Nutmeg
In a saucepan, heat the butter over medium-low heat until melted. Add the flour and stir until smooth. Over medium heat, cook until the mixture turns a light, golden brown color, about 6 to 7 minutes. This is called the roux. Slowly add milk, whisking constantly, until mixture is smooth. Keep stirring the milk for about 10 minutes, till the sauce comes to a boil and thickens enough to coat the back of the wooden spoon. Add the seasonings and give a good stir till combined. Remove from heat and keep aside. Parmesan cheese is sometimes added to the sauce to make it thicker and cheesier. I avoid it as we will be topping the lasagna with cheese anyways.
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   2.   Ragu Sauce (Meat sauce)
  • 750 gm Minced beef
  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 2 cans Hunts seasoned tomato sauce for Meatloaf
  • a large pinch Oregano
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Pepper, or more if you need more  spice
Wash the minced meat well using a colander / sieve and keep aside. Take a large saucepan and heat the olive oil in it. Add the minced garlic to the oil and saute lightly. Add the minced meat to the garlic in the pan and fry lightly for about 6 minutes. Now add the remaining ingredients to the beef mince , give a good stir and cook covered for about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally so that the meat does not burn at the bottom of the pan. Once cooked, remove from flame and reserve.

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3.   Other Ingredients and Assembly

  •  1 packet Lasagna noodles
  • 20 gm butter
  • 200 gm Mozzarella Cheese. grated
  • Foil Paper
  • A baking dish

Before we start assembling the dish, lets talk about the lasagna sheets. There are basically 2 kinds available in the market. One which has to be precooked before assembling, and the other which can be used as it is. Read the instructions on the package and cook accordingly.  Preheat your oven to 180 C. Take out your baking dish and place it on your work area. Use half the amount of butter to butter the dish well. Put the first layer of bechamel sauce and spread it at the bottom. Arrange one layer of the lasagna sheets in a single file with edges overlapping. Pour 1/3 of the meat sauce on top of the lasagna sheets, followed by some more white sauce. Place the next layer of lasagna sheets on top and repeat the layers till all the meat sauce is used up, ie 3 to 4  layers ending with lasagna sheets. Pour any remaining bechamel sauce on the last layer and spread the grated cheese over it. Dot the cheese in places with the remaining butter. Cover the baking dish with a foil paper.  Bake the lasagna in your oven for 30 minutes, till the cheese is nice and bubbly. Now switch on the upper part of your oven, the grill and grill the lasagna till the cheese becomes brown in places and yummy. Remove from the oven and serve warm.

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I am giving a pictorial representation of the layering process. Hope it helps..! Enjoy.!

55 comments

    • Anzz says:

      It always seemed like such a difficult thing to make before I tried it out. But on trying, it turned out super simple. You will enjoy making it. Let me know how it turns out. 🙂

  1. Sobha Shyam says:

    I have not tried Lasagna yet..this looks fabulous..Thanx for stopping by my space and for the sweet comments..but I can’t see u in my follower list..do check it out when you get time..Happy New year and good luck with ur resolution 🙂

  2. Caysera says:

    Hey Anzz……..that looks utterly delicious……Wish you and your loved ones a wonderful New year and great success with your NY resolution 🙂

  3. Srivalli says:

    Ancy, serious with pictures such as these, do you think I can think of dieting?..such drooling pictures..:))…Wish you and your family a wonderful year and many more such delicious food..glad you read about on the diet..I am on it again..but Chocolate Mela is not really helping ok..hahah..see you around..

    • Anzz says:

      I know, was supposed to make it one last time before I started dieting. Now the temptation to make it again is so strong.! Scared my weight loss plans will go for a toss 🙂

  4. manju says:

    hey dear…at first thanks for being there…now i am also happy follower :)…am so so delighted to see your space…it is just awesome….loved this space…keep going

  5. Gopika says:

    I love lasagna but am always scared of the calories.. Guess its not for people who make too much fuss na ;D Yours looks just like the ones we get at the Lasgna house near our place.. awesome 🙂

  6. Rathai says:

    Those are the most appetizing pictures I have ever seen of lasagna! I love lasagna. We were served this at school every once in a while (here in Sweden they serve free meals at schools) and my mother would also buy the deep-frozen lasagnas sold at stores for me because I liked it so much. I am definitely going to try this some day. Just looking at these pictures makes my mouth water and crave that rich, creamy taste of lasagna.

  7. Jo says:

    I was on the net checkin out for IRUMBAN PULI pickle recipes (I got some from kerala yesterday) and it was by chance that i was directed to your blog. Glad that I came across your blog. Great work Anzz!!

    Regarding the Hunts seasoned tomato sauce for Meatloaf is it available in Carrefour or where is it available otherwise….

    Yummy yum 🙂

    • Anzz says:

      Thanx Jo for the lovely words. Hunts seasoned sauce is available in every supermarket. I get it from Al jazira. It is kept in the aisle with the canned peas, canned tomatoes etc. BTW irumban puli is quite strong and has a tendency to stain aluminium vessels if kept for a long time in it. Keep it in the cover till use and then maybe in a good quality glass bowl. Thanx for visiting..!

  8. Tina says:

    ansy,a small suggestion .. can you please post a beef stew recipe and a naadan or easy or spicy beef curry recipe whe time permits?
    😉

  9. Merlyn says:

    Anzz… Ur lasagna jus luks yummy n perfect.. Like the one I get ere in Figaro’s.. My kids jus luv dis dish.. Thot it was really difficult to make but ur recipe makes it luk so easy.. I am surely gonna giv it a try… Jus for my kids 🙂

    Hav a wonderful day !!!

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