Dinner: A slice of beef lasagna served with garlic roasted asparagus
Note: There are detailed step by step photos on making the lasagna in this post.
This is my unauthentic way of making lasagna. I’m not sure what’s the authentic way, but I just have a feeling that mine is not authentic heheh … but it doesn’t matter as long as the lasagna tastes great right ;p I made my life much easier by ‘cheating’ whenever I can – for example, I use lasagna sheets that do not require precooking, shredded cheeses, and a bottle of pasta sauce instead of making the tomato paste from scratch. I love cooking shortcuts and not a purist in this sense I guess. I’ve always love lasagna since young so I was pleased that I manage to make it in the kitchen … now I can have lasagna whenever I want. Sometimes when I ordered lasagna at cafes (and also baked rice for that matter), I notice they tend to reheat it over and over again, causing it to be rather dry. If you cook it at home, this won’t be that much of a problem. It was quite a bit of work actually to arrange the pasta sheets & ingredients but it’s worth the effort if you consider that a huge tray like the one I made can feed many people (making it a great party food for potluck).
(Serves about 6 people – fills a roasting tray measuring 26cm by 20cm)
Recipe adapted from startcooking.com
– 1 large onion, sliced
– About 500g shredded mozzarella cheese
– 1 small bottle of pasta sauce, 400g
– pasta sheets* (I use about 9 sheets for a 3 layered lasagna) , choose the type that don’t require pre cooking
– 600g minced beef
– 1/2 to 1 cup red cooking wine
– 1 tbsp olive/vegetable oil
– 5 bay leaves (optional)
– a bit of grated parmesan cheese/shredded ricotta cheese (optional)
* I use San Remo’s Instant Lasagna – oven ready lasagna sheets
You also need
– a roasting tray (mine measures 26cm by 20cm) or a disposable aluminum pan
Step 1: Heat some oil in a saucepan or wok, and saute the sliced onions till they are translucent.
Step 2: Fry the minced beef for a while, then add the pasta sauce (reserve a few tablespoons for step 5!), bay leaves and red cooking wine.
Step 3: Mix evenly, cook till beef is browned, bring to a simmer and dry consistency, season with salt & pepper if you like and off the flame.
Step 4: In a roasting tray, first spread a layer of pasta sauce with the back of the spoon at the bottom.
Step 5: Now we can start to layer the ingredients using this order.
First Layer – Noodles, Meat, Cheese
Second Layer – Noodles, Meat, Cheese
Third Layer – Noodles, Cheese
In this step, lay 3 overlapping lasagna sheets over the sauce as shown in the photo above.
Step 6: Add a layer of the previously cooked ground beef (use half the amount). I also sprinkled some chopped parsley as I happen to have some in the fridge.
Step 7: Sprinkle some shredded cheese (slightly less than 1/3) to cover the beef.
Step 8: Lay 3 overlapping sheets on top.
Step 9: Repeat for the second layer (See step 6 & 7 photos) – Add the remaining beef and spread evenly on top of the lasagna sheets, then add another layer of cheese (less than 1/3).
Step 10: Lay another 3 overlapping sheets over, then top with a final layer of remaining shredded mozzarella cheese. You can also add some shredded ricotta or grated parmesan cheese if you like. Bake in preheated oven of 200C for approximately 30 minutes till the top is slightly browned, and the sauce is bubbling.
Thanks so much for such a great step by step guide!!
I tried and the last/top most layer of lasagne sheet doesn’t get soft after baking.
What step did I miss?
which brand of lasagne sheet did you use? mine works without pre-cooking. perhaps next time you can precook the lasagne sheet in boiling water (just cook halfway) before use.
I used the San Remo’s Instant Lasagna – oven ready lasagna sheets too.
My last layer was just the sheets and topped with the cheese.
Should I add sauce as well ? As looking again at the picture of your final product, I see some sauce with the melted cheese :)
I don’t think I added sauce to the top layer, they kind of got softened so you see through the sauce, however feel free to do so if desired :)
Hi… Can I freeze the lasagna and bake it when I am ready to eat?
Hi what can I substitute the red wine for ?