Lasagna as comfort food.

by Veronica on August 5, 2010

It’s the last few weeks of winter here and after a run of really bad luck, I’m craving comfort food. Chicken and peas, drenched in gravy. Mashed potatoes. Rich tomato and beef casserole.

And Lasagna.

Lasagna is one of those things, it’s a pain in the arse to put together, it uses WAY too many pans for my liking, it’s got different elements and yet sometimes, you just crave lasagna.

Of course, the times when I crave lasagna, I never have pasta sheets on hand, because holy crap but GF lasagna sheets are expensive and as rare as hens teeth. So, doing what I do best, I improvised and just used a layer of spiral pasta between the meat.

I like to add vegies to my lasagna, but being lazy, this time I couldn’t be bothered grating carrots into the mince. So I just cooked it up, very tomatoey and figured we’d cope.

Brown off some onion with a couple of anchovies. Add the mince and cook through. Add a can of diced tomatoes and some tomato paste, some sugar and a little bit of salt. Cook together until it’s rich and delicious tasting. Adjust the seasoning with whatever you like. Once spring hits properly, I’ll have fresh herbs to throw through dishes like this.

Par cook some pasta. Drain.

Make a white sauce and then stir through a cup or so of ricotta. No, I’m not writing the recipe up. I’m lazy. Google it.

In a lasagna dish, or a casserole dish if you’re me, layer white sauce, spinach, pasta and meat, alternating so that you end with white sauce on top.

Top with cheese and put into a moderately hot oven for 30 minutes, or until the cheese on top is golden brown.



Frogpondsrock August 5, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Oi girly, that is my casserole dish…

Veronica August 5, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Nope, it’s Nans. She knew I had it, said I could keep it and went over your head. Ner ner.

sharon August 6, 2010 at 1:51 pm

That’s one of my favourite meals too. I always add some chopped bacon to the mince mixture. We had a very unctuous beef casserole last night which had spent the day perfuming the house from the depths of the slow cooker. Served with garlicky mash and buttered kale. Still drooling. Not good for my attempt at losing some weight though ;-(

Veronica August 6, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Sharon – I did beef casserole the day after Isaac broke his arm, because I wanted something rich and red, hehe. My kale isn’t big enough yet for eating, which is a shame. Soon though!

Amy August 10, 2010 at 6:34 am

I should try to make some lasagne sometime. All the pre-made gluten/soy free ones are just plainly expensive (might as well be in a catered residential college at that!) and don’t really have the best taste or texture. I’d LOVE to reduce my food costs. Great Post! Any pasta suggestions. I can’t have San Remo GF because of soy in it but most other brands are fine.

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