Mum’s Lasagne

Lasagne is a faff to make, there’s no denying that. But every now and again, it’s worth making the effort. And if you have the time, my mum’s lasagne recipe will blow every other one you’ve tried right out of the water.

Lasagne fresh out of the oven

Ingredients (serves 6)

For the ragu:

  • 500g pork mince
  • 500g beef mince
  • x1 beef oxo cube
  • 1 tbsp oregano or thyme
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 3 fat garlic cloves
  • x1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1/2 bottle red wine

For the bechamel:

These are approximate measurements, mum does this by sight so I’ve used a little guesswork!

  • 60g salted butter
  • 60g plain flour
  • 600 ml (1 pint) semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 tsp ground white pepper 

For the top:

A small handful of mixed grated parmesan, mozzarella and cheddar.

High Quality Lasagne sheets

Bronze die pasta is the way forward! It holds its bite meaning you don’t get slimy lasagne layers

Method

Start with the ragu: 

  • Brown the mince and crushed garlic with a dash of olive oil in a deep frying pan or wide saucepan.
  • Sprinkle an oxo cube, herbs and season the mince before adding the tinned tomatoes and a glug of red wine. Leave to simmer for at least 15 minutes before adding the rest of the wine.
  • Simmer for as long as you like on a low heat – the longer the better and up to 2 hours is fine!
  • Once the ragu is rich and the wine has reduced, add a tbsp tomato puree, check the seasoning and if needed, add a splash of water.

Cooking the ragu

Bechamel Sauce:

  • Melt the butter in a saucepan over a low heat and add stir in the flour, making sure its properly bound. Remove from the heat and slowly pour in the milk, stirring or whisking constantly.
  • Put back on the heat and bring to a gentle boil, making sure you’re still whisking to avoid any lumps. This is important as you need to make sure the flour is cooked through.
  • Return the pan to the heat and simmer gently for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with white pepper.

Bechamel Sauce

Layering: 

Ragu –> Lasagne sheets –> Bechamel –> Mozerella –> Repeat.

Mum’s lasagne layering technique is slightly different from the norm. Each time you add a layer of bechamel, sprinkle it with mozzarella before moving on to the next. The resulting dish is less pasta, more filling and plenty of cheese! On the final layer, top with a mix of grated Mozerella, cheddar and parmesan for a brown and crispy top.

Mum and her amazing lasagne!

On this occasion, we ate mum’s lasagne with a big green salad (leaves, cucumber, spring onion & avocado). Of course, if you’re feeling extra greedy, you could also have garlic bread on the side to mop up all the sauce!

Mum taught me to cook and is my inspiration when it comes to good, homemade meals. Take a look at her chilli recipe here and favourite way to eat pineapple too. I think we should give her a regular slot, what do you think? 

13 Comments

  1. 26th March 2018 / 9:43 am

    There’s nothing better than mum’s lasagne ( and I grew up with my italian mum’s)! These look absolutely drool-worthy!

    • 27th March 2018 / 5:21 pm

      Ah, I bet your mum’s lasagne was amazing Andrea! 🙂

  2. 26th March 2018 / 2:16 pm

    This looks yummy! 🙂 …and although I am a plantbased diet promoter…I could easily veganize it for yumminess!!! <3 Great post! x

    • 27th March 2018 / 5:22 pm

      Oh, you definitely could – it would be very tasty packed with veggies or mushroom mince instead of the meat! 🙂

  3. 26th March 2018 / 2:25 pm

    Lasagne is best made up the day before ‘cooking’ – the layers meld together for perfect slicing.

  4. 26th March 2018 / 3:28 pm

    Wow that is a mega lasagne!
    I’ve never made one but this has majorly tempted me!

    • 27th March 2018 / 5:21 pm

      It really is a mega one! It’s all faff to prepare but pure joy to eat. A nice weekend activity!

  5. 26th March 2018 / 6:54 pm

    I love lasagne so much and this looks like an incredible version!

    • 27th March 2018 / 5:23 pm

      Isn’t the dish gorgeous? I got it for my mum for Mother’s Day from TK Maxx – they might still have some if you’re quick! 🙂

  6. 27th March 2018 / 1:13 am

    I am definitely going to try this for dinner some night but I will substitute the meat ingredients for plant based ingredients! Thanks for sharing your mum’s recipe😊

    • 27th March 2018 / 5:23 pm

      I think this would work really well with veggies like carrot, mushroom and maybe even something like courgettes grated in? Enjoy 🙂

  7. 27th March 2018 / 11:31 am

    This is fantastic Alex!! I love lasagnas and you have made it all sound so simple to set up!!

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