Recipe

Simple satisfying lasagne with basic tomato sauce

  • 55 mins cooking
  • Serves 6, Makes 2 Cup
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Ingredients

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

Method

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.

Notes

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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