Yes, lasagne. Good ol' reliable, been around forever, never fail, lasagne. I have a serious confession, this is the first time in my life I have made a meat based lasagne! How in the world did that ever happen, or not happen? Well, I have always stuck to the vegetable and chicken kind, just not beef. So, this time, I thought why not venture outside my very comfortable comfort zone, and dive into beef. All I did was adapt my other lasagne recipes and turned it into this one. My kids loved it and cleared their plates. That is great news because they are getting it for dinner again tonight.
On a slightly different note, I have just stepped over the 300 recipes mark! I had no idea where this blog would take me when I started it last May, but apparently to the kitchen! I am loving every minute of it and am learning along the way with so many inspirations to pull from. Just recently I became part of the Food Bloggers of Canada community and they are so supportive, helpful and talented. Along with family and friends supporting and offering advice and help along the way. A journey for sure.
Note: I always make my own tomato sauce because I like the taste and I don't find it too much of a bother. But, and I have said this before, just buy the jar if you find it easy and convenient. In the recipe below it states to use Marinara Sauce, you can click the link to that sauce recipe if you feel so inclined to make a batch.
Sometimes all we need is good ol' classic never fail food. You will find this with the lasagne...promise!
A great dinner for mid winter when you just want to dive into something satisfying.
1 1/2 lbs Ground beef
1 Onion, roughly chopped
6 Garlic cloves, crushed
2 tablespoons of olive oil
3 Cups/720 ml Marinara Sauce
2 Cups/225 grams of grated cheddar cheese
1 Ball of fresh mozzarella, cut into thin slices
Small bunch of fresh chopped parsley
Small bunch of fresh chopped basil
1 Teaspoon of dried oregano
1 Teaspoon of dried rosemary
2 Tablespoons of butter
3 Tablespoons of flour
2 Cups/480 ml of milk
Salt and pepper to season
About 16 lasagne sheets
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
In the largest skillet you own, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil with the garlic and onion. Cook over medium high heat for about 8-10 minutes. You are looking to soften the onion and give it a nice golden brown colour. After the onion is cooked, add in the ground beef. Stir around breaking up the meat as it cooks. Add the parsley, basil, oregano, rosemary salt and pepper. Give a good stir and continue to cook until the meat is cooked through. Add the Marinara Sauce to the ground beef and bring to a simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
Next, make your cheese sauce. In a heavy bottomed saucepan set over a medium heat, add the butter. Once the butter has melted, add the flour all at once and whisk until a paste forms. Now gradually add your milk, whisking as you go. Once you have added in all the milk you should have a smooth and slightly thickened sauce.. Add the grated cheddar cheese, reserving about 1/3 cup for later. Whisk until it becomes a smooth and thick sauce. Season with salt and pepper, remove from heat and set aside.
Cook your lasagne pasta according to package. Drain, rinse and set aside.
In a 6 x 14 inch (or closest size you have) oven proof dish, layer your lasagne. Start with a few tablespoons of the tomato mixture for the bottom. This is mostly so the lasagne doesn't stick to the bottom. Then layer your pasta, meat sauce and cheese sauce. Repeat this until your dish is piled high . On the top make sure you pour over the remaining meat sauce and then sprinkle over remaining cheddar cheese and top with the fresh mozzarella.
Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for about 40-50 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for at least 15 to 20 minutes before cutting and serving. Honestly, delicious!
Click the downloadable link below to print recipe!
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