Gordon Ramsay’s Lasagne al Forno
Serves: 4 – 6
Innovation when it comes to lasagne, spaghetti bolognese and the like, is neither wide, nor particularly wanted.
We crave these pastas because we know these pastas; and thankfully, adding a twist with the addition of milk, or anchovies or diced bacon, doesn’t really screw with the formulae or take them too far away from what we crave.
Having already typed up a lasagne – and certainly having cooked plenty of other variations in the past – I was unsure of whether I should type this one up.
Not because it isn’t amazing because it is.
Though for all the other reasons. Anchovies and bacon, cream and ricotta, a good lasagne is all you asked for and so how many nip-tuck variations do you really need?
You need to try this one.
Sure, it’s ultimately just a lasagne, though I type it up for two reasons.
Firstly – as I said – it really is very good. And secondly, to get you to cook lasagne, something we just don’t cook enough of.
Cook what the people want and they want this lasagne.
2 tbsp oilive oil
½ large onion, grated
1 large carrot, grated
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 pinches, dried oregano
500gm minced beef
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 bay leaf
2 tbsp red wine
400gm can tomatoes
Salt and freshly ground pepper
For the sauce
Pinch of ground nutmeg
60gm Cheddar cheese, grated
30gm Parmesan cheese, grated
6 sheets, lasagne sheets
- Preheat the oven to 220.
- Heat the oil in a large, heavy saucepan over a medium-high heat; cook the onion, carrot and garlic, adding the bay leaf, a pinch of oregano, the Worcestershire sauce and a little salt and pepper. Cook until the onion is softened.
- Add the mince and break up; add the tomato puree and cook, stirring, until the meat is browned.
- Add the wine and cook of the alcohol before adding the tomatoes. Simmer for a few minutes. Add the milk and set aside from the heat.
- Cheese Sauce: Melt the butter in a saucepan. Ad the flour and using a wooden spoon, stir to form a paste. Over a gentle heat, add a third of the milk, whisking to prevent any lumps forming. Add the rest of the milk slowly, whisking as you go. Season with salt and pepper and a ground of nutmeg. Allow the sauce to cook out for a minute or so and add the Cheddar cheese. Stir and remove from the heat.
- Spoon half the meat sauce into the bottom of the baking dish and place pasta sheets on top. Pour in half the cheese sauce and spread evenly. And then more meat and pasta sheets and cheese… you know how to layer a lasagna.
- Finish with grated Parmesan and sprinkle with another pinch of oregano; lightly season.
- In the oven, 20 – 30 minutes until golden.