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Lazy Lasagna

I dunno why but I’m finding myself blogging about things I cook lately. As I was saying yesterday, I made Beloved’s requested lasagna. I am terrible at following recipes in cook books so I improvise a lot. And also, I dont have a proper kitchen!!  I hate buying lots of stuffs coz I move a lot–with shared accomodations, space is limited too so I just make do with whatever thing is on hand. With the Lazy Lasagna you will need these:

 1 carrot–chopped, 1 pepper–chopped, 1 onion–chopped, 3 cloves garlic–crushed, a can of 400g chopped tomato with herbs, lasagna sheets ( I cant make my own and never will coz this is lazy cooking!! Remember when you were still in college??), 1 spoon of tomato puree, 1 spoon of olive oil. And that is just for the sauce. Now for your roux sauce–sorry I was not able to take a picture of the ingredients. You will need butter ( did i mention I dont really measure some of my ingredients?? I do it by feel, sight and smell 😛 ), some milk, some plain flour and some grated cheese—actually a lot of grated cheese!! I like my roux cheesy! Remember to leave some grated cheese to sprinkle on top of your lasagna later.

1. Heat your casserole dish/ pan or what ever you are using. Add the olive oil then the chopped onion and crushed garlic. Cook it till wilted  or have slightly browned a bit–do not let it burn tho!

2. Add the rest of the chopped vegetables in, tinned tomato and tomato puree. Add a bit of hot water into it ( I use the empty tin of chopped tomato–half full), then mix. Turn the heat to low after it boil and let it simmer for 40 minutes. It should now look like this:

3. While waiting for your sauce to cook, time to make your roux sauce. In a hot pot, put some butter (did i mention I dont really measure my ingredients?? I go by feel, sight and smell :P:P ). When melted, add in some plain flour and make a paste. If you put too much butter just keep adding more flour till you get that paste consistency. Add milk little by little while mixing–make sure it does not get lumpy. Continue doing it till you attain a thick –but not too thick– consistency. Pretty much like this:

Hmmm, i have to add Le Cresout dish on my wish list from Santa!!   Then add some grated cheese–use cheddar red or white does not matter– till you got the taste you like. For me, the more cheese, the better! Keep mixing it to prevent it from burning till the cheese melts. Let it boil for 5 more minutes then take it out from the hob.                                  

4. I assume, the mince is now cooked and tender, take out the baking dish/tray whatever size or shape you are using. It’s layer time!! First, put roux sauce at the bottom. Then lasagna sheets ( i like using Jaime Oliver’s just because he is gorgeous :D:D:D ). Then put half of the mince sauce in. Then more pasta.  Roux sauce. Then the reamaining mince sauce. More lasagna sheets then top it with roux sauce. Put grated cheese on top at last. It should now look like this:

Hmmm, now bung it into the pre heated oven ( 180 ) for 45 or 50 minutes. Then voila!!!!!

Yum yum! Tuck in!! :D:D:D I normally serve it with baby potato wedges with some chopped thyme and crushed garlic for Beloved. Other time, with mashed potato and sometimes when I am feeling healthy, I serve it with some greens.

Apologies for the pictures, I am still experimenting.

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Categories: Home Cooking
  1. October 19, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Oh my gosh this looks SO tasty, and I was just craving lasagna too! Your post takes away the intimidating factor, so I think I will try it soon. Merci!

  2. October 20, 2010 at 9:11 am

    oh thanks ! I know what you mean. My first lasagna is a disaster! But i realise i dont have to follow everything in the cook book and things will just be fine. Lol i admire your baking tho. I have just started baking and is slowly buying baking things. Its one hell of a expensive hobby ! But its all worth it tho. I take pride that i make my own bread and scones ! Its a great feeling. 🙂

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