As you have probably realized from previous posts about my dad's cooking he does not use a recipe. The other weekend we had friends visiting from Victoria so I thought the perfect meal to make for a group of us would be his lasagna. So I called him up and of course he said: "Oh you know, a little of this, a little of that. It's so easy." Well I guess it was lucky that I watched him cook so much throughout my life that I think I've got most of his recipes down pat. However, they will never taste as good as his. Maybe one day though!
Recipe for Lasagna:
- 1 package of lasagna sheets (unless you want to make your own!)
- 1 package of spinach
- 1 package of mozzarella (I used fresh)
- tomato sauce (which I always make from scratch, you can see my dad's recipe on the blog)
- 1 package of ground pork (or use more vegetables like eggplant if you are vegetarian)
- grated parmesan
Recipe for Bechamel:
- 1 tbsp flour
- 1 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tbsp butter
- salt and pepper to taste
This recipe has a couple of steps so what I do is I do everything at once, while everything is cooking. Yes it leaves your kitchen a complete disaster but it's all worth it for the taste.
1. Make your tomato sauce. Of course you can skip this step if you are using it from the jar. Refer to my recipe in the section "Mains" to see it.
2. While your tomato sauce is simmering, bring a large pot of water to boil for your lasagna sheets. Cook according to package and add salt to water. Once they are cooked, remove from heat and strain. Lay flat to dry out on tea towels or a clean counter top.
3. Once your tomato sauce is cooked and ready, put aside. Cook up your ground pork, or eggplant if you are a vegetarian. After cooked through, add to tomato sauce to make a bolognese sauce for one of the layers.
4. Steam spinach, remove from heat and strain any excess water.
5. Grate mozzarella.
6. Now that you have all your ingredients taken care of and cooled off. It's time to assemble the lasagna. Take a 9 x 13 pan, I used a glass dish, but ceramic is fine too. If you want it to be bigger that works as well, just make sure you have enough pasta sheets. Place some tomato sauce on the bottom of the pan then place your first layer of pasta down. On top of the pasta place the bolognese sauce. Repeat with another layer of pasta. Next add your spinach and grated mozzarella. Repeat with another layer of pasta until you have run out of pasta or ingredients. For this lasagna I had two layers of each. Lay the final layer of pasta sheets down.
7. Top off with bechamel sauce or cheese. My dad has always done bechamel sauce on top and I love it, always reminds me of a kid.
8. Cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until middle is warmed through. Finish under the broiler quickly to brown the top. Enjoy with a glass of wine and side salad!
Sadly I forgot to take a photo of the final product, guess it was too good!