I would never choose to eat lasagne. I’ve never made it because I’ve never eaten one I really enjoyed and I don’t like to ‘waste’ my choices when we go out to eat on something I’m not convinced I’ll love getting my chops around. In theory, I’m well-suited to the Italian classic – I’m a big bolognese and ragu fan. I like meat, I like tomatoes, I love cheese and I like pasta. But when it all comes together it just doesn’t tickle my fancy. Didn’t*.
Upon hearing this, Alex felt compelled to change my mind. It was a somewhat selfish pursuit since he’s loco over lasagne, but I didn’t hold that against him when he suggested a combination of beef AND pork and three cheeses. What a good idea, I exclaimed. And so this indulgent recipe was born. For fans and not-yet-fans, I’m 110% convinced that after trying the below you’ll insist on no less than three cheeses and two meats in your lasagne forever more. Enjoy!
For 6 people
Fresh lasagne sheets
2 onions, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
400g pork mince
400g beef mince
150ml beef stock
2 tins chopped tomatoes
Salt and pepper
A spoonful of sugar…
Red wine (we went with a Rioja but it’s up to you which you go for)
1.5 pints semi-skimmed milk
50g cheddar cheese, grated
50g cheddar cheese, grated
50g Gruyere cheese, grated
1 small mozzarella ball, sliced
Fry the onion and garlic in a little olive oil, then add the mince, making sure you break up all of the lumps. When the meat has browned, add all of the beef stock and a splash of wine. Next, add the tomato puree and sugar and season well. Let that bubble for a bit before adding the chopped tomatoes and torn up prosciutto. Leave to simmer on a medium heat for 30-40 minutes, stirring every so often ensuring the liquid that rises to the top is being moved to the bottom of the mixture to keep the meat tender and speed up the cooking process.
To make the white sauce, melt the butter and mix with the flour, gradually adding the milk to a saucepan on a low to medium heat. Add a little cheese and stir constantly to avoid lumps. A whisk is best here but a spatula will work too. Once this has thickened, it’s done.Soak the lasagne sheets in water for 2 minutes.
Soak the lasagne sheets in water for 2 minutes so the pasta has taken on some moisture meaning it’ll cook better and won’t absorb too much sauce.
Now it’s time to build your lasagne! Three layers work well, but it’s up to you – just work it out before you get started. Spoon about a third of the meat mixture into your dish and spreading it evenly. Top with a lasagne sheet (or several depending on the size and shape of your dish), and then pour over the white sauce. On the last layer, you’ll finish with white sauce – make sure it completely covers the top lasagne sheet.
Mix together the grated Gruyere and cheddar and sprinkle over the top of your uncooked lasagne. Finish with slithers of mozzarella.
Pop in the oven for 45 minutes. Serve with a simple salad and garlic bread.