Intro: Family Size Lasagne
My family loves lasagne but I often find it a bit time-consuming. I now make up a batch of tomato sauce (see previous instructable) and freeze that in portions to save some time.
I'm also starting to try and make extra white sauce to freeze that too but always seem to end up using it all!
Step 1: Ingredients
500g beef mince (I sometimes use a mix of beef and pork mince)
1 quantity of tomato sauce
1 pack prosciutto (or smoked bacon or pancetta)
1/2 tsp nutmeg
200 ml beef stock
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp dried oregano
fresh lasagne sheets
freshly grated parmesan
750ml milk (I find that skimmed milk is just too thin, but any other variety works well)
Step 2: Meat Sauce
Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius
Brown off the mince in a large pan, depending on the fat content of the meat, you may or may not need a little oil.
Drain the mince onto some paper towel to remove any oil and then place back in the pan
Add 4 slices of chopped prosciutto (or bacon/pancetta) and fry for a few minutes
Add beef stock, tomato sauce, nutmeg, bayleaf and oregano.
Simmer for at least 30 minutes.
Step 3: White Sauce
Melt the butter in a large pan.
Add the flour and beat until you get a smooth paste.
Gradually add the milk and keep beating to prevent lumps.
(Any lumps can be beaten out with a stick blender at the end if necessary)
Season to taste.
I tend to add some strong cheddar, or fresh parmesan and a little dijon mustard but it's not essential.
Keep simmering and stirring until you get a thick sauce
Step 4: Build!
Put about 1/3 of the meat mixture into a large ovenproof serving dish (about 20x30cm)
Cover with a single layer of lasagne sheets. (I somehow managed to find lasagne sheet the exact same size as my dish!)
Cover with 1/3 of white sauce.
Repeat until you have 3 layers, finishing with a layer of white sauce
Step 5: Bake!
Shred the mozzarella and sprinkle over the top with freshly grated parmesan and bake in the oven for about 45 minutes until golden and bubbling.
Serve with garlic bread.
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