Lasagna was always one of those things on the menu that I was in awe of. Considering I dint know how to pronounce it when I looked at the spelling! Oh puleez, stop raising your eyebrows and shaking your head in disbelief. That was eons ago! I know how to say it now ‘La-zan-ya’. There. Can we move past this now? Layers of pasta, cheese, meat and sauce – looked complicated! (Ok Ok … NOW I know its nothing but assembly line work). If you have all the components in place you really just need to stand there and go into a trance like state where you slop on pasta, meat, white sauce and cheese in a never-ending sequence. (Again I exaggerate – till you have reached the top of the baking dish is more like it). It does give you a very satisfying feeling at the end of it … mindless repetitive work always takes me into zen mode. (Ask me more about that meditative technique later). For the time being it’s safe to say, make this lasagna for a fleeting feeling of bliss and a longer lasting satisfaction from the big portions that will inevitably land up in your stomach. Say it with me ‘La-zan-ya’.
Prep time: 25 mins
Cooking time: 25 mins
What you need:
6 no pre-cook required Lasagna sheets
400 gms Chicken mince
100 gms Mozzarella cheese
2 Tbsp Olive oil
6 cloves Garlic, minced
2 Onions, finely chopped
1 tsp Chilli flakes
2 Tomatoes finely chopped
2 Tbsp Tomato Puree
2 Tbsp Tomato ketchup
½ tsp Sugar
1 tsp Basil
1 tsp Oregano
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 portion Cheese Sauce (1 ½ cup milk, 1 ½ Tbsp butter, 3 Tbsp Flour, ½ tsp salt, ½ cup grated Cheddar)
What to do:
Prepare cheese sauce. Keep aside. (Click for recipe http://foodforswaps.blogspot.com/2009/11/pasta-with-peppers-in-cheese-sauce.html). Heat oil in a pan. Add garlic and sauté for a minute on low heat. Toss in minced onion and sauté till transluscent. Add chilli flakes, basil and oregano. Add tomatoes and sauté for 3 mins. Toss in the puree and ketchup and heat through for 2 mins. Add the chicken mince and cook till done.
Preheat oven to 180°C. To assemble – grease a baking dish (9”X9”). Spread a layer of white sauce, then arrange a lasagna sheet. (No pre cook required sheets are a blessing!) Spread the chicken mixture and top with some grated mozzarella. Repeat the layers till you land up with a lasagna sheet. Now top with the remaining white sauce and cheese. Bake the assembly for 25 mins. (or according to time instructions on the lasagna packet). Serve bubbling hot. But blow on it before shoving a spoonful into your mouth!
Ooh yes… that would be perfectly yummy!
HI can i use mutton kheema instead of chicken for this recipe
Thanks Smitha, I did work at thomson in '02. Small world ain't? 🙂
Hi Swapna, awesome job on the blog, kudos!…I was wondering if you were working at Thomson in '02. you popped up as 'people you may know' on my FB a/c and that took me to your blog…I used to work for Thomson in'02 and my name is smitha.