South African Twist On Lasagne: A Delicious Fusion

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Lasagne is a beloved comfort food enjoyed worldwide, and South Africa offers its own unique take on this cheesy delight. This recipe combines the classic elements of lasagna – layers of pasta, meat sauce, and creamy béchamel – with a touch of South African flair.

Here’s everything you need to know to create this mouthwatering masterpiece:

Perfect beef lasagne  Woolworths TASTE
Perfect beef lasagne Woolworths TASTE

Ingredients:

1 pack (500g) dried lasagna sheets

  • Olive oil, for greasing

  • For the Meat Sauce:

    500g ground beef (or lamb, if preferred)

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 (400g) can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 (400g) can tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • For the Bechamel Sauce:

    50g butter

  • 50g all-purpose flour
  • 500ml milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • South African Twist:

    1 cup grated cheddar cheese

  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Gouda cheese (a South African favorite)
  • 1/2 cup grated Gruyere cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh coriander (cilantro)

  • Instructions:

    1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F). Lightly grease a large baking dish.

    2. Prepare the Meat Sauce: Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the ground beef (or lamb) and cook until browned, breaking it up with a spoon. Drain any excess fat.

    3. Add the chopped onion, garlic, and bell pepper to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes, or until softened.

    4. Stir in the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes, or until slightly thickened.

    5. Prepare the Bechamel Sauce: In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Slowly whisk in the milk, a little at a time, until a smooth and creamy sauce forms.

    6. Season the béchamel sauce with nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened.

    7. Assemble the Lasagna: Spread a thin layer of meat sauce over the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Top with a layer of lasagna sheets. Spread a layer of béchamel sauce over the pasta, followed by a sprinkle of the mixed cheeses. Repeat these layers, ending with a layer of cheese.

    8. Bake the lasagna for 30-35 minutes, or until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly. Let the lasagna cool slightly before serving. Garnish with fresh coriander (cilantro) for a fresh touch.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    This recipe yields approximately 8 servings. Please note that these are approximate values and can vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.

    Calories: 500-600 kcal

  • Fat: 25-30g
  • Saturated Fat: 15-20g
  • Cholesterol: 100mg
  • Sodium: 500mg
  • Carbohydrates: 40-50g
  • Protein: 30-40g

  • Conclusion:

    This South African lasagna is a hearty and flavorful dish that will surely please your taste buds. The combination of classic lasagna ingredients with the addition of Gouda cheese and fresh coriander creates a unique twist that truly sets this dish apart. So grab your ingredients, preheat your oven, and get ready to enjoy a delicious South African twist on a beloved classic!

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Can I use a different type of meat in this recipe?

    Absolutely! You can substitute the ground beef with ground lamb, chicken, turkey, or even a vegetarian alternative like lentils or crumbled tofu. Adjust the cooking time accordingly depending on the chosen protein.

    2. Do I need to precook the lasagna sheets?

    No, the beauty of this recipe is that you don’t need to precook the lasagna sheets. The sauce will provide enough moisture to cook them through in the oven.

    3. How can I make this lasagna ahead of time?