Lasagna al Forno

I’ll just straight up say it. I am not a big fan of lasagna. I do not NOT like it, but I don’t particularly love it. To some of you this might seem strange, as I have just confessed my undying love for pasta in the previous hearty post. However, I finally found out why I do not like lasagne as I used to eat it.

Years ago, when my siblings and I were still really young, and my parents were busy working and taking care of us, cooking was something that had to be quick and easy. After a long work day, no one wants to spend hours cooking their dinner, especially when you have three sometimes cute, but sometimes very loud, kids. So you are looking for something easy, and tasty.

In Holland, we have like tons and tons of brands that try to satisfy the need of easy dinners. Meaning that they either have prepared meals, or they have boxes which provide for everything – especially seasoning – and leaves you with the ease of putting A together with B, and done.

Which is fine.

I guess.

It’s just not something that you can make me very happy with. As I slowly started to develop my own taste in food, I found that every box of sachets with dried seasoning and mixes tastes the same. Literally every single one of them. It doesn’t matter that you’re eating Chicken Tandoori, or Enchiladas, or Lasagne. And that is not how your dinner should be. Besides that, it is not cooking, which is something that I think everyone should and could do, if you have the right recipes.

Lasagna al Forno

So when I started cooking for my family, these boxes were not to be seen in the kitchen. Much to the dismay of my brother, who absolutely loved the Lasagne.

So, my dear brother, especially for you I have made this easy and flavourful Lasagna al Forno. I hope that eating this will leave you and your taste buds happy. It sure makes me a very happy girl.

All ingredients are fresh, and unprocessed. Healthy stuff. Don’t we love that, huh? It such a comforting dish as well, it’s like a warm blanket. So pure and honest. Lasagna al Forno 2

To make it even healthier, I left out the bechamel sauce. Mainly because cream does not like me very much, which is a mutual feeling. You could ofcourse add it, or substitute it for ricotta cheese, or Hüttenkäse.

I’d love to know what you think, and if you’ve made the recipe!

Lasagna al Forno

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 250 grams of lasagna sheets
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • 125 grams of mozarella
  • Handful of cherry tomatoes

    Ingredients for the sauce

  • 500 grams of ground beef
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 large carrot
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 250 grams of mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon of dried oregano
  • 500 grams of Passata di Pomodoro
  • 400 grams of peeled tomatoes

Used kitchen appliances

  • Oven
  • Oven dish
  • 1 pan

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C or 370F. Grease the oven dish with olive oil.
  2. Finely chop the onion. Slice the mushrooms, celery stalks and carrot.
  3. In the pan, heat a slug of olive oil. Add the ground beef, and cook for about 5 minutes or until cooked through.
  4. Add all the vegetables and let cook for another 5 minutes.
  5. Proceed to add the oregano, Passata, and peeled tomatoes, cook for about 1 minute.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. In the oven dish, start with a layer of the tomato sauce, cover with lasagne sheets. Make another 3-4 layers like this, and end with sauce on top.
  7. Halve the cherry tomatoes, and slice the mozarella. Place them on the top of the lasagne, along with some basil leaves.
  8. Cook in the oven for 25 minutes. Sprinkle over some fresh basil leaves, and serve.
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