There is nothing like the aroma of a freshly-cooked lasagna to bring everyone in my house rushing to the dinner table.
Served with a side salad, or maybe some garlic bread, the delicious combination of tomatoes, herbs, mince, pasta and, my family’s favourite part, a creamy béchamel sauce, all make this one of the ultimate comfort food dishes.
Lasagna isn’t a new food; its history reaches as far back as Ancient Greece. Since then, hundreds of different lasagna recipes have been created and everyone has a different recipe they prefer to follow.
I always use a recipe that my grandmother used to make. Her secret to a tasty lasagna was to sprinkle grated parmesan on the top of the lasagna before it goes into the over, so that it would crisp up nicely.
My lasagna recipe is based around a slow-cooked bolognese sauce, bringing together minced beef, chopped streaky bacon, onions, carrots and celery, all simmered with white wine and chopped tomatoes.
I always choose fresh ingredients, including fresh egg pasta sheets as I think they taste a lot better. The only exception is the tomatoes, as a tin of chopped tomatoes works just as well for me and saves a lot of time.
The traditional Italian lasagna recipe is just one of many different varieties of lasagna that you can make for friends or family. You can use any type of meat, such as beef, turkey, or chicken, plus there are also alternative recipes available, such as non-meat versions suitable for vegetarians as well as seafood-based recipes which are also popular.
One thing is for sure – whatever the lasagna recipe, when they are baked together, the ingredients create a truly mouth-watering treat that is a simple and tasty way to feed the whole family.