RECIPES

Classic lasagne

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Classic lasagne

A combination of pork and beef mince and a glass of red wine make for a flavoursome ragù sauce in this luscious lasagne. Mozzarella and parmesan melt to perfection between ragù, pasta sheets and creamy white sauce.

Ingredients

For the ragù sauce

For the white sauce

To finish

Method

  1. For the ragù sauce, in a large pan, heat the olive oil, add the mince and brown well. Add the red wine to deglaze the pan and cook until it has almost evaporated.

  2. Tip in the onion, carrots and celery and fry for a couple of minutes. Season with salt and pepper, then add the chopped tomatoes and rinse the tin out with water and add the water from the tin to the pan. Lower the heat, cover with a lid and gently simmer for two hours, stirring from time to time.

  3. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

  4. For the white sauce, melt the butter in a small pan on a medium heat, stir in the flour with either a wooden spoon or small hand whisk (this will avoid lumps from forming) to form a paste and stir in a little of the milk.

  5. Add the remaining milk, stirring all the time until it begins to thicken to a creamy consistency. Remove from the heat, add salt and pepper and stir in 20g/¾oz of the grated parmesan cheese.

  6. Line an ovenproof rectangular dish of about 22 x 26cm/8½ x 10½in with a little of the ragù sauce, arrange sheets of lasagne over followed by ragù sauce, dots of mozzarella and white sauce and a sprinkling of grated parmesan. Continue to make layers like this until you have finished all the ingredients, ending with a topping of white sauce. Hold back some of the ragù to dot over the top and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

  7. Cover with foil and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until golden-brown. Remove the foil for the last five minutes of cooking. Allow to rest for a couple of minutes before serving.

Wines

Try of wines made from Shiraz/Syrah grape, such as Tabali, Reserva Shiraz; Jean Claude Mas, Les Tannes Shiraz; and Jim Barry, Lodge Hill Shiraz.