A lasagna makes for a simple yet classic meal on any day of the week – a delight for kids and adults alike. Enjoy..!
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
- 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
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.
I am giving a pictorial representation of the layering process. Hope it helps..! Enjoy.!