- 250g pack dried lasagne sheets
- 2 x 400g tin whole cherry tomatoes (I used Biona organic)
- 2 x 187ml bottle red wine
- 2 x 80g packs grated parmesan
Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…
For the seasoning sachets
- 4 tbsp dried wild mushrooms
- 2 tsp fennel seeds
A dried seed that comes from the fennel herb, fennel seeds look like cumin seeds, only greener,…
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp paprika
A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…
- 1 tsp light brown sugar
- 1 tsp dried oregano
Closely related to marjoram, of which it is the wild equivalent, oregano has a coarser, more…
For the slow-cooked onions
- 4 tbsp olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- 2 onions, sliced
Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
For the béchamel sauce jars
- 100g butter
Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…
- 100g plain flour
- 1l whole milk
- 2 bay leaves
- grating of nutmeg
One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury…
You will also need
- sticky tape
- string or ribbon and wrapping paper
- gift tags and a pen, for labelling
- 2 x 18 x 25 x 6cm lasagne dishes
- 2 x 135ml jars
- 2 x 500ml jars
Open the pack of lasagne sheets and divide between two large pieces of greaseproof paper. Wrap into 2 parcels and secure with sticky tape then wrap in wrapping paper and tie with string or ribbon, adding a label, if you like. Place each parcel into a lasagne dish along with a tin of tomatoes and a bottle of wine.
To make the seasoning sachet, place the dried mushrooms into a small food processor. Blitz until finely chopped then transfer to a small bowl. Stir in the remaining sachet ingredients and mix well then divide between 2 pieces of tin foil. Fold the foil parcels up to contain the mushroom and spice mix inside then wrap each one in wrapping paper. Label and place into the lasagne dishes.
Sterilise your jars and keep warm until needed (see tip). Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over a low heat then add the onion and cook gently for 20 mins until really soft. Stir in the garlic and heat for a further 5 mins. Divide the hot onions between the smaller jars, seal and leave to cool.
Now make the béchamel sauce. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over a medium heat. Add the flour and mix really well. Add the milk gradually until you have a smooth sauce then add the bay leaves. Simmer gently and allow to thicken, then season well with salt, black pepper and nutmeg. Divide between the large jars making sure a bay leaf goes into each one. Seal, leave to cool then label as ‘Béchamel sauce’. Once cool, refrigerate the jars until needed then add one to each lasagne dish along with a pack of Parmesan. Write or print out the recipe below and fix to a gift tag.
Presenting your giftOnce you've assembled the dish, be sure to print out our decorative PDF assembly instructions to nestle alongside your lasagne ingredients...
How to sterilise jarsHeat oven to 140C/120C fan/gas 1. Wash the jars in hot, soapy water, then rinse well. Place the jars on a baking sheet and put them in the oven to dry completely. If using Kilner jars, boil the rubber seals, as dry heat damages them.