January 17, 2013

Lasagna recipe

Lasagna (or lasagne) is Garfield's favorite food and one of my favorite dishes to. It is a relatively easy recipe but it takes some time to prepare it mainly because you have to make two sauces and then assemble it.

First you have to make a bolognese sauce like this:
put chopped onions and olive oil in a pot
after a few minutes add about 600 grams of ground meat (I prefer mixed ground meat, pig and beef), season with salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic
stir an cook until the meat gets brown
add tomato juice and/or whole tomatoes, season with oregano, basil,  rosemary and bay leaf
I added some frozen vegetables (corn, beans, carrots and peas)

Until the bolognese sauce is cooking (about 15 minutes) you can make the béchamel sauce:
put butter in a pot
when the butter starts to melt add flour and stir
add some milk
add milk and flour while stirring until you get the desired amount of sauce
season with pepper and nutmeg (very delicious and aromatic spice)
cook until the sauce thickens
The bolognese sauce
spread some butter in an oven pan
put one layer of béchamel sauce
and one layer of bolognese sauce
sprinkle some grated parmesan cheese
add one layer of lasagna pasta
Repeat these steps (béchamel sauce, bolognese sauce, parmesan, pasta) until you run out of sauces. Save some béchamel sauce to put on top of the last layer of pasta.
add  some cheese and some butter pieces on the top
cover it with a foil and put it in the oven for about 20-30 minutes, until the pasta gets tender  (check with a fork)
cut ii in small pieces and enjoy

Bon appetit! 

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