Lasagna for dads visit
Dad came last night and, with it raining and cold outside, I wanted to make something warming and comforting.
At Christmas I brought my husband a mega treat of a big Le Creuset pan and, after being inspired by Chris Kitch's veg lasagna (which they bake in theirs), I decided to stuff ours full of the meat and cheese layers :)
I went to Muswell Hill Sainsburys and stocked up on:
450g minced beef
450g sausage (removing the skins to just leave the mincemeat)
1 red onion
2 garlic cloves
A tub of Ricotta
500g of grated mozeralla
A box of lasagna sheets
800g chopped tomatoes
I also already had some: dried oregano, onion flakes, garlic granules.
I firstly cooked up the red onion, mince and sausagemeat, adding the basil and chopped garlic + all the dried herbs with 125ml of water and seasoning with tons of black pepper. I adjusted the quantities of each after a quick taste.
I let it simmer for about 15 mins and then stirred in the chopped tomatoes and seasoned (I also added a teaspoon of sugar... shhhh)
I then got on with the fun bit... I smeared a layer of the meat mix of the base of our pan and added the lasagna sheets to cover.
On top I spread a layer of ricotta and sprinkled the mozeralla.
I repeated the same again finishing with a small layer of the meat on top with dollops of ricotta and a sprinkling of cheese.
I baked it for about 45mins at 190 degrees and then took it out, sprinkled some more cheese, and popped it back in for another 5 mins or so.
I served it up with a big bowl of peas covered in mint and butter.
Let's just say, it all got eaten. Although I wish I had made the meat a bit more saucy! It looked the part though :)