Nana's Bolognese Lasagne

⠀ ⠀ I can honestly say with my hand on my heart that my Mum makes the best Bolognese sauce. I think the secret is to colour the onions so they are sweet and caramelised, to add lots of garlic and mushrooms and then to slowly cook the sauce to allow the flavours to develop. She kindly made me a double batch this week and after a few portions of spag bol, I used what was left for this delicious lasagne.⠀



INGREDIENTS⠀ Nana’s Bolognese Sauce ⠀ 400g lean mince beef⠀ 300g chestnut mushrooms chopped ⠀ 4 red onions finely chopped ⠀ 5 cloves crushed garlic ⠀ 1 tin tomatoes ⠀ 1 glass red wine (Bordeaux if I know her 😂)⠀ 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (I love Belazu’s)⠀ 1 tablespoon tomato purée ⠀ Optional ⠀ 1 carrot grated ⠀ 2 stalks celery finely chopped⠀ ⠀ Béchamel Sauce⠀ 60g butter⠀ 60g plain flour⠀ 600ml milk⠀ Salt and pepper ⠀



METHOD

⠀ 1 mozzarella ball drained on kitchen towel and torn into pieces ⠀ 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan or Grana Padano⠀ Lasagne Sheets⠀ ⠀ Bolognese ⠀ Sauté the onions in olive oil,slowly on a low heat for approximately 30 minutes until caramelised, but not burnt. This is worth doing as really adds flavour to the end sauce.⠀ ⠀ Add the garlic for 2 minutes. Now add the beef, season and turn the heat up slightly. Break up the meat until brown and there are no lumps. Pour in the wine and balsamic and let the alcohol evaporate. Now add the mushrooms, carrot, celery, tomatoes and purée. Season and taste. Simmer on a low heat for 2 hours. ⠀ If you think it’s too thin remove the lid to thicken.⠀ ⠀ Béchamel Sauce⠀ Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat.⠀ Stir in the flour. Whisk in a little of the milk at a time, stirring continuously until you have a smooth, slightly thick sauce.⠀ Remove from the heat; seaon with salt and pepper. Add bay leaf for additional flavour.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ In a medium-large oven dish, layer the lasagne,⠀ Lasagne sheets⠀ Bolognese ⠀ Béchamel ⠀ Lasagne sheets⠀ Bolognese ⠀ Finishing with béchamel, mozzarella and Parmesan.⠀ Bake in an o