- 1.2l milk
One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…
- 100g butter, cut into pieces
Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…
- 100g plain flour
- pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury…
- 500g baby spinach leaves
- 250g lasagne sheets – fresh is best
- 3 rounded tbsp good quality pesto
Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.
- 500g cherry tomato on the vine, two or three vines left whole
- good handful of basil leaves (or one supermarket pack)
- 175g piece fresh parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), coarsely grated
Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…
- 2 x 150g balls mozzarella, preferably buffalo, torn into bite-sized pieces
Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6/fan 180C. Put the milk, butter and flour in a medium pan and cook over a medium heat, whisking until thickened and smooth. Simmer for 1 minute. Take off the heat, season and add the nutmeg. Cool, stirring occasionally to stop a skin forming.
Put the spinach in a large heatproof bowl, pour over a kettle of boiling water and leave for 30 seconds. Drain into a colander, cool under the cold tap then squeeze it well to remove the excess liquid.
Spread a spoonful or two of the sauce on the bottom of a large ovenproof dish (about 30x20cm) and lay a third of the lasagne on top. Spoon over a third of the sauce and spread it out. Swirl a spoonful of pesto through the sauce with a knife and scatter over half the spinach with a third of the tomatoes, a few basil leaves and a third of the cheeses. Season with salt and pepper. Layer another third of the lasagne with a third of the sauce, a spoonful of pesto, the rest of the spinach, a third of the tomatoes and cheeses and some basil. Season.
Finish with a layer of lasagne, the last of the sauce, pesto, cheeses and the tomatoes, including those on the vine. Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden. Scatter with the last of the basil leaves and serve.