Home Comforts

The bitter cold of January has arrived. Venturing out becomes that much harder…to walk out your front door you need layers, hats, gloves, scarfs but then once you are on the tube smushed against other people you regret wearing 5 under tops. I can’t face travelling into London on the central line anymore, it’s one extreme to another.  Enough is enough, i’ve made a decision for us all, let’s not go out anymore, stay in and eat yummy food.

Last weekend I decided to cook a traditional home comfort of mine, Lasagne. It’s perfect for warming you up but it’s also quite easy on the purse because it can either feed a lot of you, feed one for a week or you can put it in freezer bags and defrost at a later date. An overall winner.

Let’s get cookin’…

You will need:

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Lasagne Sheets, Beef mince, an Onion, Butter, Flour, spoon of mustard, an aubergine, tinned tomatoes, tomato puree, garlic, beef stock, a bit of celery and basil..

(most of that stuff I vaguely had in the cupboard..)

You make the Ragu first, then get your white sauce going – if you are using dry lasagne sheets like me make sure you soak them in a little hot water first so that they are slightly pre-cooked before going into the oven. If you are using fresh pasta sheets then there is no need to do anything with them before layering everything up.

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I personally like layering aubergine in mine, but that is of course up to you! I also like adding celery to the ragu as it gives it a bit of crunch.

Then of course smother it in cheese and bake it in the oven for a good hour or so.

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And voila – it is cooked and ready to eat with a bit of salad on the side (you’ve got to be a little bit healthy after all)!

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