Recipe

Beef and eggplant parmigiana lasagne

Parmigiana is an Italian dish made with a shallow or deep-fried sliced aubergine filling, layered with cheese and tomato sauce.

  • 2 hrs 50 mins cooking
  • Serves 8
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Ingredients

Beef and eggplant parmigiana lasagne
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 brown onion (150g), chopped finely
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 kilogram beef mince
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) dry red wine
  • 2 cup (500ml) beef stock
  • 700 gram bottled tomato pasta sauce
  • 1/4 cup (70g) tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
  • 2 eggplants (600g), peeled, sliced thinly cooking-oil spray
  • 3 fresh lasagne sheets (150g)
  • 2 cup (200g) coarsely grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup (100g) packaged breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup (40g) coarsely grated parmesan cheese

Method

Beef and eggplant parmigiana lasagne
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced.
  • 2
    Heat oil in large frying pan; cook onion and garlic, stirring, until onion softens. Add beef; cook, stirring, until browned. Add wine, stock, sauce and paste; bring to the boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover; simmer about 30 minutes or until thickened slightly; stir in basil.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, place eggplant on oiled oven tray; spray with oil. Roast about 20 minutes or until tender
  • 4
    Oil shallow 2.5-litre (10-cup) ovenproof dish. Cover base with lasagne sheets, cut to fit; top with about a third of the warm beef mixture, half the eggplant and ⅓ cup mozzarella cheese.
  • 5
    Repeat layering with remaining trimmed lasagne sheets, another third of the beef mixture, remaining eggplant and ⅓ cup mozzarella cheese. Finish with lasagne sheet. Spread remaining third of the beef mixture over lasagne; top with breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese and remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake, covered, 40 minutes
  • 6
    Preheat grill.
  • 7
    Uncover lasagne; place under grill until browned lightly. Stand 5 minutes before serving. nutritional

Notes

Fresh pasta is available from the refrigerated section of most supermarkets. You can use dried pasta instead of fresh, however, you will need to cook the lasagne for at least half an hour longer.

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