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Fail-safe Lasagne

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Serves 8

Simple lasagne recipe

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  • Meat Sauce
  • 500g ground beef
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 10 ml olive oil
  • 1 medium-sized onion, diced
  • 5 cloves of garlic, creamed
  • 1 x 400g tin of tomatoes
  • 10ml oregano, dried or fresh
  • 500ml water
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Bechamel Sauce
  • 500ml milk
  • 10ml butter
  • 1/4 cup plain flour
  • salt
  • a handful of cheddar cheese, grated
  • Pasta
  • About 6 sheets of dry lasagne
  • Grated cheddar cheese for sprinkling on top


    1. Heat olive oil and add stock cube, diced onions and garlic, along with dried oregano. Allow the onions to brown.
    2. Add ground beef once onions have browned, and cook over moderate heat until mostly cooked.
    3. Add chopped tomatoes and stir. Add water and allow to simmer for 1 hour.
    4. In the meantime, prepare bechamel. Add butter to a hot saucepan. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add flour and mix into butter to form a choux.
    5. Gradually add the milk in small amounts, while stirring with a wooden spoon or whisk to avoid lumps forming. Continue until sauce has thickened, adding flour in small amounts already mixed with cold water, if necessary.
    6. Once meat sauce has cooked for an hour, spoon about half into a glass or ceramic baking tray. Cover with half of the bechamel, and then a layer of lasagne. Repeat. The final layer should be bechamel sauce, topped with a generous helping of grated cheddar cheese. Bake for at least 50 minutes, or according to instructions on lasagne packaging.

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