19 Oct 2015


We had a very productive weekend in the garden, weeding, pruning, planting and mowing. And once we were finished the heavens opened and down came the rains. I love a good rain storm, I also love the easy meals we enjoy on the weekends, there is just something different about spending time in the kitchen with the family home and the bustle of the week behind you.

This weekend however I was quite naughty, serving up meals with lavishes of cheese and pasta. In my defence it will most likely be the last time we indulge in these types of meals as the weather heats up and salad become the daily ritual.


* Fresh or dried lasagna sheets
* Beef mince
* Diced onion
* Minced garlic
* 1 tsp Italian herbs
* 1 tbs tomato paste
* Large tin of diced tomatoes
* Grated cheese

Bechamel Sauce 

* 60 g of butter
* 1/3 cup plain flour
* 4 1/2 cups of milk
* 1 cup grated cheese

In a large pan, saute onion, garlic and herbs till soft. Add mince and cook until all browned.

Add the tomatoes and tomato paste and stir until well combines. Bring mixture to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for a half hour or until sauce reduces and thickens.

In a separate saucepan, melt the butter for the bechamel sauce then add the flour while stirring.
Gradually add the milk whisking continuously to prevent lumps. Once the sauce begins to thicken remove from heat and stir in the cheese.

In a deep lasagna dish, layer the mince, the lasagna sheets and bechamel sauce, finishing with the bechamel and a layer of grated cheese.

Bake in the oven at 150 degrees (fan forced) for 20 minutes until cooked through and cheese is golden.


beck xx

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