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My Favourite and Tasty Beef Lasagna / Lasagne Recipe

Updated on August 8, 2012

Over the years I have tried various lasagne recipes as it has always been one of my favourite meals. By adapting these recipes I think I have now come up with the perfect lasagne, but why not give it a try for yourselves and let me know what you think!

Ingredients

Dried Lasagne Sheets

For the Meat Sauce

2 tablespoons of olive oil

Salt and Pepper

Approx 450g of steak mince

A large onion

2 to 3 cloves of fresh garlic

2- 3 average sized carrots

Approx 6 tablespoons of milk

Approx a tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce (optional)

8 medium sized fresh mushrooms peeled and de-stalked

1 tsp of mixed herbs

Approx 25 fresh cherry tomatoes or a can of chopped tomatoes

1 tablespoon of tomato puree

A beef stock cube

Approx 1/4 of a litre of water

For the Bechamel Sauce

Salt and Pepper

Approx half a litre of milk

A tsp of dried nutmeg

A tablespoon of butter

Approx 4 tablespoons of plain/all purpose flour

Approx 100g of Cheddar, Red Leicester or similar cheese

To Top

Either a further 100g of grated cheddar cheese, or alternatively the equivalent in sliced mozzarella cheese

Method

Rich Meat Sauce

Dice up your onion, peeled carrots, and garlic. Heat oil in a frying pan with a lid and add vegetables. Once sizzling, turn down the heat to low, and stir for about 10 minutes until slightly softened.

Transfer vegetables to a separate dish. Now add your steak mince to the pan and raise the heat to brown the mince, whilst stirring constantly. Once browned, drain the mince through a sieve to get rid of the greasy liquid.

Return mince to the pan along with the previously simmered vegetables.

Add your mushrooms.

Add either the can of chopped tomatoes, or your cherry tomatoes (once you have chopped them) to the pan.

Add mixed herbs, milk, Worcestershire sauce, stock cube, salt, pepper, puree and water to the pan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to very low and place lid on top of the pan.

Leave to simmer for several hours, checking and stirring occasionally.

After several hours remove lid and allow the liquid to reduce (stirring regularly) until you have a thick meat sauce.

For the Bechamel Sauce

Gently melt your butter in a pan.

Add the flour and mix together using a hand held whisk or a wooden spoon.

Blend in the milk.

Add your nutmeg, salt and pepper.

Gently bring to the boil stirring all the time.

Reduce the heat and add your cheese, stirring until it has melted into the sauce.

To Prepare Your Lasagne

Spoon half of the rich meat sauce into the bottom of your lasagne dish.

Layer sheets of the dried pasta on top.

Pour over approx half the bechamel sauce.

On top of this spoon the rest of the rich meat sauce.

Finish with a further layer of dried pasta sheets.

Pour over the remaining bechamel sauce.

Put either the grated cheese, or the mozzarella cheese over the top of the sauce.

Place the dish in a baking tray, and bake in an oven at about 180 degrees for around 45 minutes, or until the top of the lasagne is semi-golden.

Delicious!

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    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Cheers 2patricias, really hope you enjoy it as much as we do :)

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      2patricias 

      6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Nice clear instructions!

      I have added this to my Recipe Index for HubPages.

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks Dorsi, hope you enjoy it :)

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      Dorsi Diaz 

      6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      Sounds yummy! Bookmarked for future use. Thank-you!

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Well mine is about 12" x 12" if that helps laura.

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      laura 

      7 years ago

      What size lasagne dish will I need? Thanks

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      Ntombi Pisan 

      7 years ago

      mmmm

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks saif113sb, glad you liked it :)

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      saif113sb 

      7 years ago

      very interesting hub. thanks

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      10 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks everyone for your comments, I really hope you enjoy it when you try it out. :)

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      gwendymom 

      10 years ago from Oklahoma

      I am not a big fan of eggplant although I only tried it once and probably should give it another try. It's really hard to beat lasagne, good stuff.

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      Rodney Fagan 

      10 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Good recipe there Misty, as another alternative to zuchhini slices for the low carb look, try and get some eggplant or aubergenes and slice them instead of the pasta sheets.

      Lasagne hot or cold, I like, so does the family and friends, both versions!

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      Feline Prophet 

      10 years ago

      Oooooh sounds wonderful...like the cat I resemble, I love lasagne too! :P Thanks Cindy!

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      starrkissed 

      10 years ago from Arizona

      Sounds so yummy! I will have to try it out soon!

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      10 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Well, I guess you could try them instead of the dried pasta sheets. :)

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      gwendymom 

      10 years ago from Oklahoma

      I have a recipe where I use zuchinni slices insrtead of lasagne noodles. It is so good and it's also low carb, not that I count carbs. I love zuchinni.

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      10 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Oh do give it a try, it truly is yummy and my Husband loves it. :)

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      gwendymom 

      10 years ago from Oklahoma

      Misty, this sounds so very good. I am such a sucker for lasagne, Yum!

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