Pyrex National Baking Week

Homemade Family Time
14th - 20th
October 2019


Cooking time: 
15-30 minutes
Preparation time: 
15-30 minutes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ large onion, peeled
  • 1 large carrot, peeled
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 pinches dried oregano
  • 300g minced beef
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 30ml red wine
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 50ml JUST MILK
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 25g butter
  • 25g flour
  • 300ml JUST MILK
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 60g Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 30g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 6 sheets of 'non-cook' lasagne sheets
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 225°C.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a pan. Grate the onion and carrot and crush the garlic before frying together. Season with the bay leaf, a pinch of oregano, Worcestershire sauce and a little salt and pepper. Allow the onion to soften before making a well in the centre of the pan.
  3. Place the mince in the middle of the pan and stir to break it up. Add the tomato puree and allow to cook out for 30 seconds until the meat has browned nicely. Add the wine and cook off the alcohol before adding the tomatoes. Finally add JUST MILK, turn off the heat and set aside.
  4. To make the cheese sauce, first melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the flour and stir to form a paste. Over a gentle heat add a third of the JUST MILK and stir vigorously.
  5. Add the rest of the milk a third at a time, whisking as you go. Season with salt and pepper and a pinch of ground nutmeg. Allow the sauce to cook out for another minute before adding the Cheddar cheese. Stir and remove from the heat.
  6. Spoon half of the meat sauce into the bottom of a baking dish and place pasta sheets on top (break the sheets if necessary to avoid any overlapping). Next, pour in just under half of the cheese sauce, and spread evenly before spooning the remaining meat on top. Add the final layer of pasta and use a spatula to pour over the remaining cheese sauce.
  7. Finish with the grated Parmesan and sprinkle with another pinch of oregano. Add a light seasoning of salt and pepper before cleaning the edges of the dish and placing in the oven to bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
  8. Serve with a green salad.

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