How to Convince Your Friends You’re Good at Cooking: Lasagne


 

Welcome to my second recipe on how to make a cheap and delicious student lasagne!

Below you will find a video showing my exact method of how I made this lasagne, there will be a little less room for customisation this time but feel free to experiment where you can. The included article will give you the exact ingredients I used if you want to follow my exact recipe, as well as a few tips, tricks and ingredient guides.

So aprons on, hands washed, and let’s start cooking!

Key skills taught: How to make a Meat Sauce

Recipe Video:

Ingredients:

Necessary ingredients:

Beef mince (300g)

Mushroom (50g)

Onion x1

Garlic (2-4 cloves)

Tinned tomatoes

Ricotta (250g)

Mozzarella (1 ball)

Lasagne sheets

 

Additional Ingredients:

Pork mince (250g)

Lemon x1

Grated Parmesan (100g)

Baked Beans (1 small tin)

 

Seasonings (to taste):

Salt

Pepper

Bay Leaf

Nutmeg

Worcester sauce

Oregano

Basil

 

Method:

  1. Dice your mushrooms, onion, garlic and mozzarella
  2. Grate your parmesan
  3. Pre- heat your oven to 180 degrees
  4. Add some oil to your pan and sauté your onions and mushrooms, add some salt and keep cooking to all water has evaporated and the pan has stopped steaming.
  5. Add your mince and cooked until brown
  6. Add to a sauce pan with your tinned tomatoes, beans and seasonings
  7. Stir together and crush the tomatoes against the side of the pan
  8. Simmer for around 45 minutes or until the sauce has thickened and become a bright red.
  9. In bowl combine ricotta, a pinch of nutmeg, the juice and zest of a lemon, half of your parmesan and mozzarella and black pepper.
  10. Taste your ricotta mix and adjust to taste
  11. Add ¼ of your meat sauce to the bottom of your baking dish
  12. Layer your lasagne sheets on top
  13. Add ½ of your ricotta mixture and spread over the top
  14. Add the next 2nd ¼ of your meat sauce
  15. Layer more pasta
  16. Add the final part of your ricotta and the 3rd ¼ of your meat sauce
  17. Add the final layer of pasta and the final part of your meat sauce on top of the dish
  18. Scatter your mozzarella and the remainder of your parmesan on top
  19. Put in the oven and bake for 30-45 minutes
  20. Serve to 4-6 people and enjoy

Vegetarian version:

In order to make vegetarian version of the meat sauce double the amount of mushrooms and put in your Quorn mince during the last 20 mins of simmering. Quorn mince doesn’t have the same structural integrity as regular meat so will disintegrate if simmered for too long.

Cupboard Fillers:

Baked beans:

Beans. I love them, you love them. Not only are they good on toast but as an ingredient, especially in tomato sauces. Adding a sweetness that won’t detract from the tomato flavour as well as adding a bit of extra veg.

Lemon Guide:

Zest vs Juice:

Ever wondered when to use which? Its pretty simple, when you want lemon flavour but none of the sourness you need lemon zest. If you want some acidity and sourness as well, especially against milder flavour like ricotta.

 

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