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One of my favourite foods is lasagna. But I've only ever cooked them from frozen before.  Last night I thought I'd have a go at doing one from scratch.  So got all the ingredients while shopping yesterday.  The biggest difference is that we wanted to do a vegetarian filling rather than a mince one.  So we got a 200g packet of textured vegetable protein, as well as a carrot and a zucchini (both shredded) and some mushrooms (finely chopped).  Other than that followed the recipe pretty closely.  I've never made a bechamel sauce before, but the instructions were pretty good, and it turned out as it should.  

So an a hour and a half of prep time and about an hour and a quarter cooking time and we had this:

Actually there was enough "meat" sauce and pasta sheets for three lasagnas. I made two because that's all the baking dishes I had available.  I might make up some more bechamel sauce and do a third on the weekend.

The only problem I had was perhaps leaving them in the oven a little too long - they were very slightly overcooked.  But oh so delicious!! :) Definitely a leftover winner! :)


Slow Food Adventures said:

Hi Kazza,

Thanks for the linkbacks. I'm really glad you had success with the bechamel sauce, and your lasagne looks fantastic!

As for leftovers, you can quite easily freeze lasagne, just pop it in the fridge to defrost, and then cover it with foil and reheat in the oven for 20-30 minutes.

August 17, 2009 8:24 PM


Kazza the Blank One said:

The first batch of two lasagnes didn't survive the week, and the third only lasted a day or two too ;)

August 18, 2009 5:52 PM


Slow Food Adventures said:

Hehe ... no problem then!

Do let me know if you try cooking anything else from the website, I'm keen to find out how people go with the recipes.

August 19, 2009 2:58 PM


Kazza the Blank One said:

Yes some of them look great.. :)

August 19, 2009 9:37 PM


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