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Hearty Beef Lasagne

Lasagne needs no introduction. It’s every second home’s favourite dish. In fact, it was one of the first few recipes I learnt as a kid from my mama and still makes it to our dinner table more than twice a month.

Originated in the Italian regions of Emilia-Romagna and Marche, it differs from home to home. Every family has a recipe they are proud to own. But interestingly, I recently found out that lasagne has it’s roots in Ancient Greece. The name ‘lasagne’ is derived from the Greek word ‘laganon’ , which was the first kind of pasta ever known.

Layers of pasta sheets with a robust meaty sauce and creamy bechamel sauce, it is a glorious creation indeed!

Inspired by the traditional Lasagne alla Bolognese, I cooked up my own version which is appealing to the Indian palate. Rich in herbs and spices, I present to you, my Hearty Beef Lasagne that’s an absolute treat to your taste buds.

Usually, most people tend to add crisp pieces of bacon into the sauce but I decided to use bacon mince which brings about so much more character to the dish.

Also, I am a huge believer of fresh ingredients. So, I urge you to either pick up fresh herbs from the grocery store or even better, grow them in your garden. But in case you don’t have the opportunity to do so, you can use the dried ones which are more readily available.

It may seem like an extremely complicated dish, but trust me, this recipe is as easy as it can get. Follow the steps below and you shouldn’t have any kitchen disasters.

It is one of those comforting dishes that is so tempting to eat and relish with your dear friends and family.

Even though I haven’t been to Italy as yet, it’s always been a dream to marry an Italian, open up my own little trattoria and hope that this will be the star dish of that menu someday!

Waiting for you all to try this out soon, so looking forward to your comments below.

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Hearty Beef Lasagne
There's nothing more comforting than a plate of pasta sheets separated by layers of robust and creamy sauces, loaded with cheese. Presenting my Hearty Beef Lasagne, that's an absolute treat to your taste buds. Do read all about it here...
Course main course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
For the meat sauce:
  • 400 g beef mince
  • 100 g bacon mince
  • 2 carrots , finely chopped
  • 20 beans haricot , finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1 onion large , diced
  • 200 gms tomato puree
  • 1 tomato large
  • 5 pods garlic , crushed
  • A handful parsley oregano basil of fresh , and sweet
  • pinch salt of
For the bechamel sauce:
Course main course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
For the meat sauce:
  • 400 g beef mince
  • 100 g bacon mince
  • 2 carrots , finely chopped
  • 20 beans haricot , finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1 onion large , diced
  • 200 gms tomato puree
  • 1 tomato large
  • 5 pods garlic , crushed
  • A handful parsley oregano basil of fresh , and sweet
  • pinch salt of
For the bechamel sauce:
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high flame.
  2. Add the onions, garlic, celery and bacon mince. Cook until browned for around 5 minutes.
  3. Add the beef mince and cook for another 5 minutes.
  4. Add the tomatoes, tomato puree and paprika. Stir well.
  5. Add the carrots, beans and herbs to this mixture and simmer until thick for about 10 minutes. Allow the mixture to dry up. Season with salt. Keep aside.
  6. In another pan, melt butter over medium-high flame.
  7. Add the flour and cook in the butter mixture.
  8. Gradually add the milk, whisking constantly.
  9. Season to taste with salt and pepper and stir constantly with a wooden spoon to avoid lumps. Remove from heat.
  10. Combine with cheddar and mix well. Keep aside
  11. In a large pot of salted boiling water, add the lasagna sheets and cook until al dente, for about 10 minutes.
  12. Drain and gently toss with olive oil to avoid them sticking from each other.
  13. Preheat the oven to 250°C.
  14. In a baking dish, add one cup of the meat sauce followed by placing the lasagne sheets over it and one cup of bechamel sauce.
  15. Continue the process and once you get to the final layer, grate the cheddar and parmesan cheese over it.
  16. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes.
  17. Serve hot.
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