Simple satisfying lasagne with basic tomato sauce

  • 55 mins cooking
  • Serves 6, Makes 2 Cup
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Basic tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 diced whole peeled tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • sea salt and cracked pepper
Simple satisfying lasagne
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 500 gram beef mince
  • 2 cup basic tomato sauce (see above)
  • 2 cup bought or homemade white cheese sauce
  • 1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard
  • fresh lasagne sheets
  • grated cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh italian parsley


Basic tomato sauce
  • 1
    Heat the oil in a medium saucepan and saute onion and garlic for 3-4 minutes over low heat until softened and fragrant. Add wine and reduce by half, then add tomatoes, sugar and seasoning.
  • 2
    Simmer the sauce, covered, for 10 minutes.
Simple satisfying lasagne
  • 3
    Heat oil in a large frying pan and brown mince. Add tomato sauce and simmer for 10 minutes. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Mix cheese sauce with mustard.
  • 4
    Heat a shallow pan with water and dip 2-3 sheets of lasagne in for 1-2 minutes to soften.
  • 5
    Lay in base of a lasagne dish and top with half mince mixture. Cover with another few pre-softened sheets, then spread over half the cheese sauce. Continue with another layer of pasta, the remaining mince and pasta, finishing with cheese sauce.
  • 6
    Sprinkle over grated cheese and bake for 30-40 minutes until golden. Top with parsley.


Feel free to add chilli, smoked paprika or herbs to suit the intended dish. Double the recipe and freeze in batches. Basic tomato sauce: • Substitute tinned tomatoes for vine-ripened ones in summer. • Try adding a pinch or two of herbs and spices depending on your desired recipe. • Sugar cuts the acid from the tomatoes and enhances flavour.

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