Chen Yichun

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20+ years of chef & hospitality experience

Beef Lasagna

Imagine coming home, on a cold winter’s eve, from a tiring work day only to be greeted with the best plate in the world, a heart, warming aroma of your favourite lasagna. A robust meaty sauce compliments the delicate ricotta bechamel, topped with a golden layer of mozzarella. Every bite is soft and squishy leaving you warm and cozy. What a way to complete the day!

OTHER
CUISINES: American
LEVEL: EASY
TIME: 1 hr 10 min
SERVING: 4 People
INGREDIENTS:
LET'S START
Step 1【Bolognese sauce】
Step 1【Bolognese sauce】
Step 1【Bolognese sauce】
Heat the oil in a pan. Stir in onions and cook until soft, golden and translucent. Stir in chopped garlic, oregano and bay leaves.
Step 2【Bolognese sauce】
Step 2【Bolognese sauce】
Step 2【Bolognese sauce】
Add ground beef, brown slightly; mix in butter and stir well to combine all ingredients.
Step 3【Bolognese sauce】
Step 3【Bolognese sauce】
Step 3【Bolognese sauce】
Add a dash of red wine, stir well until mince is evenly browned and soaked up the wine.
Step 4【Bolognese sauce】
Step 4【Bolognese sauce】
Step 4【Bolognese sauce】
Season with salt and pepper, then add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, mix well. Gently simmer for 10 minutes. Stirring occasionally to prevent sauce from sticking to the pan. Add paprika, cinnamon, minced parsley and mix well. Remove it from the heat and set aside.
Step 5【White Sauce】
Step 5【White Sauce】
Step 5【White Sauce】
Heat a new pan and melt the butter. Add in the flour and whisk together forming a roux (base for the white sauce).
Step 6【White Sauce】
Step 6【White Sauce】
Step 6【White Sauce】
Stir in the milk, bay leaves, cream and seasoning. Whisk continually (to prevent lumps) to form a smooth sauce. Simmer gently on a medium low heat.
Step 7【White Sauce】
Step 7【White Sauce】
Step 7【White Sauce】
Remove the bay leaves from the sauce, then gently stir in the ricotta and parmesan cheese. Remove from the heat.
Step 8
Step 8
Step 8
Preheat oven: 350°F/180°C
Step 9
Step 9
Step 9
Smear the base of the lasagne dish with a thin layer of bolognese sauce. Lay the lasagne sheets over the sauce.
Step 10
Step 10
Step 10
Cover the lasagna with a thicker layer of bolognese sauce followed by a thinner layer of the cheese sauce. Repeat the process again, forming three layers of lasagna.
Step 11
Step 11
Step 11
The top layer should end with the cheese sauce and a scattering of mozzarella and cheddar.
Step 12
Step 12
Step 12
Cover the dish with tin foil and bake in the oven for 40 mins.
Step 13
Step 13
Step 13
Remove the foil and bake (a further 5 minutes) or until a golden cheesy topping appears.
Step 14
Step 14
Step 14
Enjoy!
Final Notes
Final Notes
Note: Allow your lasagna to set for at least 10 minutes. This will give a better cut and flavour to the dish.