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On the Dinner Menu…

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Lasagne, a’la Intricately Complex…

 

So, tonight I thought I’d make a lasagne for dinner. I love it. It’s easy and great for the kiddies!! My husband is so jealous right now as he loves my lasagne but he can’t have any tonight as he is away at a business meeting! Hehehe! I thought I’d share the recipe with you all.

Please forgive my poor presentation – I’m not a chef, and I don’t have that certain flair that gives me the ability to make food look like it does in television commercials!

Warning!!!

This is not suitable for those on diets or dietary programs such as Weight Watchers!

However, its still very yummy and a great way to get kids to eat vegies.

These quantities make up enough lasagne to feed myself, hubby and 3.5 y/o daughter for two nightly meals, could spread further if a salad is added.

Ingredients

  • 1kg beef mince
  • 6 rashers of bacon, chopped in small squares
  • 1/2 large capsicum (either green or red, it doesn’t really matter), diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 500ml jar of spaghetti sauce
  • 1 500ml jar of béchamel sauce
  • 250g packet of oven ready lasagne sheets
  • 1 tin of crushed tomatoes
  • herbs and spices to taste  ( I used garlic, marjoram, basil, oregano, and rosemary)
  • grated cheese (lots!)
  • tomato paste to thicken if necessary ( I didn’t have use it this time round, but have in the past. Depends on fat content of mince and bacon)
  • 1 large carrot, grated

Optional ingredients

  • broccoli cut into small pieces
  • cauliflower cut into small pieces
  • corn kernels
  • peas

Trust me, if your kids are fussy eaters where vegetables are concerned, this is a fantastic way to get them to eat it as the colour and taste of the sauce overpowers the taste of the vegetables – with the exception of peas and corn – you may still see these.

Method

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 350 Fahrenheit. (Moderate Oven)

In a large frying pan,(or alternatively a large pot on the stove) fry up bacon, onion and capsicum until tender and bacon is cooked. Add mince, fry until cook. Add herbs and spices. Add carrot and any optional vegies and fry until tender. Add jar of spaghetti sauce and crushed tomatoes. Simmer for about 10 mins. Add tomato paste if needed.

In a baking tray that is fairly deep, spread a layer of the meat sauce on bottom, then add a layer of lasagne sheets, followed by a spread layer of the béchamel sauce. Continue to layer in this order until no meat sauce remains, top with a layer of lasagne sheets, béchamel sauce and  cover top with lots of grated cheese!

Whack it in the oven for about 50-60 mins, until cheese is golden brown. Serve and enjoy!!!

If reheating in an oven from the fridge, set temp as before and heat for approximately 30mins, until heated through. It tastes just as great the second night.

Tell what you think if you ever get around to making this for your family.  🙂

And maybe you could share some of your own recipes that is family friendly, and quick and easy to prepare!

**Due to living in Australia, I am using the metric system where quantities are involved. Unfortunately I cannot seem to convert them for you. These quantities are mostly packaged in the stated quantities, ready to use.**