DINNER: Lasagna with Kumara slices




This is a perfect Sunday night meal for the family, or a beautiful meal to take to your family or friends place. 

Lasagna with Sliced Kumara

500gms beef mince
1 onion, finely chopped
3-5 garlic cloves, finely chopped 
1/3 cup tomato paste

1/3 cup beef stock or water
1 can diced tomatoes 
1 tbsp freshly chopped basil

1 tsp salt

1-2 large orange kumara, peeled and thinly sliced

Optional extras:

1 carrot, grated 

1 red capsicum, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped

  1. Heat a fry pan to high, add the onion, garlic and mince, continuously stir until the mince is brown. 
  2. Add the tomato paste, beef stock (or water), diced tomatoes, extra veggies if using, basil and salt. Simmer for 20 minutes, occasionally stirring. While this simmers, cut the kumara and make the cheese sauce. 


Cheese sauce:


"What the fat" has a great cheese sauce that I have made before. However, when I made this Lasagna we didn't have any cream to use that recipe. This recipe is a tad indulgent... 

25g butter
3 tbsp flour 
nutmeg (spice)
salt & pepper
2 cups milk
2 cups cheese 
paprika

  1. Melt the butter in a pot on the stove top, add the flour and stir to combine, sprinkle in some nutmeg, salt and pepper. 
  2. Add 1 cup of milk and continuously stir until milk is boiling. Add the last cup of milk and stir until boiling again. I often use a whisk to do this. Take off the heat and add 1 and 1/2 cups of cheese. Stir. 


Assemble the lasagna:


  1. 1/3 of the mince mixture goes into your casserole/lasagna dish (around 20 x 30cm). 
  2. Lay over the sliced kumara, try not to leave gaps. 
  3. Add another layer of mince mixture and another layer of kumara pieces. 
  4. Lastly add the last 1/3 of the mince mixture and then pour over the cheese sauce. 
  5. Sprinkle over 1/2 cup cheese, and some paprika. 
  6. Bake for 45 minutes at 180C.

And there you have it - a beautifully cooked meal! Served with a fresh green salad is a great combination. 


This can also be made with pumpkin or eggplant slices.



Enjoy!

Nicci x



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