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Wholesome & Hearty – Beef Lasagne

Delicious Beef Lasagne from A Cut Above Butcher and Corio Fruit & Veg!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour
Serves: 6+

Ingredients

  • 1kg Premium Beef Mince
  • 1 Brown Onion
  • 2 medium Zucchinis
  • 2 medium Carrots
  • 1 cup Mushrooms
  • 2 cans Diced Tomatoes
  • 140g Tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons minced Garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh Parsley or Basil (chopped finely)
  • Lasagne Noodle Sheets
  • 250g Cottage Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups Light Mozzarella Cheese (can do either full fat or fat-free)
  • Salt and Pepper

Method

Sauce

  1. Preheat your oven to 180c
  2. Finely dice your onions and mushrooms. Shred carrots and zucchinis.
  3. Place a large fry pan over a medium to high heat. If not non-stick add 1 tablespoon of oil. Add mince and cook until brown.
  4. Once the mince is fully browned, add in the onion and cook for one minute or until slightly translucent. Next, add the mushrooms and cook for one minute or until slightly softened.
  5. Next, add in your garlic and cook until fragrant.
  6. Now add in the shredded carrot and zucchini and cook for 2 – 3 minutes.
  7. Add in your tomato paste, cans of diced tomatoes and fresh parsley. Let simmer for 10 – 15 minutes.
  8. Finish with salt and pepper to taste.

Assembly

  1. Put a light layer of sauce on the bottom of your baking dish, followed by a layer of noodles. Top that will a splatter of cottage cheese and a light sprinkle of mozzarella.
  2. Repeat with meat, noodle, cheese order until all of your ingredients are gone. You want to finish with a good layer of sauce and cheese on top.
  3. Cover your baking dish with foil and cook for 30 minutes.
  4. After 30 minutes, remove the foil and cook for a further 15 minutes or until cheese is golden brown on top.
  5. Cut and serve!

Tips & Tricks 

  • Premium Beef Mince – Using a premium grade mince means you aren’t getting any fat through the meat. All our beef at A Cut Above Butcher is grass fed which means there is less marbling (fat through the meat) making it a healthier option.
  • Veggies – You can substitute any of the veggies for one of your choice, my only tip here is to grate or finally chop them so they are less visible to the kids.
  • Cottage Cheese – Cottage cheese is a great substitute for a bechamel (cheese sauce). It is rich in protein, calcium and vitamin B12.
  • Mozzarella – If you can try purchasing whole mozzarella and shredding it yourself it is better for you. Pre-shredded cheese has an ‘anti clumping agent’ that is an extra ingredient you just don’t need in your diet.  However, this is optional, if you can’t access this, pre-shredded is still fine to use.
  • Lasagne Noodles – For better texture try only boiling your pasta for 5 minutes to soften but not fully cooked. However, if you’re lazy like me, the no boil option is even better!

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