Made lasagne last night always a firm favourite with the kids and simple and easy to make!

Fry some chopped onion, garlic and the mince, add some chopped bacon, when it’s cooked through add a jar of pasata (much better than tinned tomatoes in my view), a little tomato paste, some red wine, a bay leave, mixed herbs and a dash of Worchester sauce and Tabasco). Secret ingredient? A little ketchup!

Leave to cook through. Meanwhile make the sauce. The trick with doing a sauce is not to do what the recipe books say by cooking the flour and butter first and then adding the milk. I do the opposite! Let the milk warm a little then add the butter let it melt a little and then slowly whisk in the flour. Stir, stir, stir, till you get a nice consistency, and then add grated strong cheddar.

In a large dish layer alternatives of the mix, lasagne sheets and the sauce, finishing with the sauce then cover with grated cheese. Cook in the oven till the top is golden brown and bubbling. I served this with a green salad (iceberg lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, avocado, olives and red pepper; with an Italian dressing on the side). I also made garlic bread, which I think is much better homemade. In a pestle and mortar pulp 8 – 10 garlic gloves, then add the butter, a little rock salt and some olive oil. Cut the French bread into slices and cover with the mix on both sides, any left over can be smeared over the outside. Wrap in tin foil and pop in the oven for the last ten minutes or so of the cooking!! Had an Italian friend amongst the guests who gave it an A+, high praise indeed!!


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