- 3 large onions, halved and thinly sliced
Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…
- 3 tbsp olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- 1 tsp dried oregano
Closely related to marjoram, of which it is the wild equivalent, oregano has a coarser, more…
- 300g pack lean smoked back bacon, chopped
Bacon is pork that has been cured one of two ways: dry or wet. It can be bought as both rashers…
- 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes in rich juice
- 20 basil leaves, roughly torn, plus extra to serve if you like
- 250g pack fresh egg lasagne (check pack for cooking instructions)
For the white sauce
- 600ml milk
One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…
- 50g each butter and plain flour
Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…
- generous grating fresh nutmeg
One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury…
- 50g grated Parmesan
Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…
Fry the onions in the oil for about 15 mins until golden. Add the oregano and bacon and fry for 5 mins more, stirring frequently. Tip in the tomatoes, season and bubble uncovered for 5 mins. Remove from the heat and stir in the basil.
Meanwhile, make the white sauce. Pour the milk into a pan and tip in the butter and flour. Whisk continuously over a moderate heat to incorporate the flour, then simmer, stirring until thickened. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
Spoon a third of the tomato sauce on the base of a lasagne dish. Top with a third of the lasagne sheets. Then top with a third sauce, a third lasagne, the last of the tomato sauce and finally the last sheets of lasagne. Pour over the white sauce and scatter with the cheese and an extra grating of nutmeg. Chill. If eating straight away, bake at 190C/170C fan/gas 5 for 40 mins until golden and bubbling. Scatter with basil, if you like, and serve with a salad and garlic bread.
To freeze, cool completely, then wrap in cling film, then foil. Will store for 3 months. To serve, thaw for 6 hrs in a cool place. Unwrap and bake at 190C/170C fan/gas 5 for 50-60 mins until thoroughly heated through.