Lasagna

Lasagna is something I have heard during my college days. One of my friend’s mom used to make them and send it for college. It used to be yum. After that I never got to eat Lasagna anywhere. Then after we came to Cairo three years back when I started to bake I got Lasagna recipe from my sister in Munich and tried it. It was good. Initially I used to mince the chicken breast and then do the sauce. This would dry out the chicken easily. After that once I tried to poach the chicken and then flake it and used for the chicken Bolognese sauce it worked well.

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The best in this lasagna is that it has little cheese as we add thick white sauce instead of cheese in every layer. But the taste is not compromised instead it takes lasagna to a different level. YUMMY …………

Cuisine: Italian | Category: Italian Dishes | Prep time:1hr | Cook time: 25-30 mins | Rest time: 20 mins | 

Serves: 6

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This Lasagna recipe is made in a 10×10 inch square glass dish. The recipe is made with chicken and not minced meat. If u wish u can replace chicken in the recipe with any other meat as per your choice.

Ingredients

Chicken Bolognese

  • Olive oil – 1 tbsp.
  • Onion – 2 medium sized (Chopped finely)
  • Garlic cloves – 5 (minced)
  • Tomatoes – 4 big sized
  • Tomato Paste – 1tbsp.
  • Chicken breast – 3 to 4 pieces
  • Pepper – 2tsp
  • Chili flakes – 1 1/2 tbsp.
  • Dry Italian herbs – 1 tbsp.
  • Salt – As needed

White Sauce

  • Milk – 500 ml / 2 cups
  • Butter – 30g / 1/3 rd cup
  • All Purpose Flour – 40g / 1/2 cup
  • Pepper – 2 tsp.
  • Salt – As needed

Assembling Lasagna

  • Lasagna sheets (preferably ready to cook in the oven)
  • Olive oil (for greasing the dish)
  • Bolognese chicken sauce
  • White sauce
  • Cheese as desired

METHOD

Making Bolognese Chicken Sauce

  • First Poach the chicken, that is, cook them in boiling water for 10 mins or until cooked.
  • Strain the water. Now flake the chicken to small strands.
  • Take Tomatoes and make a hole in the center and blanche them in boiling water until the skin peels off.
  • Peel the skin and puree the tomatoes in the blender.
  • Now heat olive oil in the pan and sauté garlic and then onion with salt.
  • After the onion becomes translucent add poached and flaked chicken pieces.
  • Now add tomato puree and tomato paste along with chili flakes, pepper, dry herbs and salt.
  • Cook the sauce for few mins and switch off the stove.
  • The Bolognese chicken sauce or mix is ready.

Making White Sauce

  • Take a pan and heat the butter.
  • After it gets melted add the flour and stir without lumps.
  • Now add milk and whisk it to form a smooth mixture.
  • Heat the same until u get a thick sauce.
  • Add salt and pepper.
  • White sauce is ready.

Assembling the Lasagna

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degree C.
  • Take the baking dish and grease it with olive oil.
  • Spread the Bolognese chicken sauce as the bottom layer.
  • Then add the lasagna sheets above that.
  • Now spread the Bolognese chicken sauce again.
  • Above that add the white sauce evenly.
  • Spread the lasagna sheets at the top of that.
  • Now repeat the layers. Bolognese sauce, white sauce and then add cheese as desired.
  • Bake Lasagna in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 mins. You will see the cheese on top gets a golden colour after it is done.

Visual Clicks

Making Bolognese White Sauce

Take your Ingredients for Chicken Bolognese Sauce.
Take your Ingredients for Chicken Bolognese Sauce.
Poach the chicken.
Poach the chicken.

Strain them.
Strain them.

Flake it using a fork and butter knife.
Flake it using a fork and butter knife.

All done.
All done.

Add Olive oil and add garlic.
Add Olive oil and add garlic.

Add Onion.
Add Onion.

Add salt to cook onion faster.
Add salt to cook onion faster.

After the onion gets cooked add tomato paste and tomato puree.
After the onion gets cooked add tomato paste and tomato puree.

Now add Chilli flakes.
Now add Chilli flakes.

Dry herbs.
Dry herbs.

Then add freshly ground pepper.
Then add freshly ground pepper.

Cook for a while.
Cook for a while.
Bolognese Chicken Sauce is done.
Bolognese Chicken Sauce is done.

Making White Sauce

Take all your ingredients for white sauce.
Take all your ingredients for white sauce.

Heat butter in a low flame.
Heat butter in a low flame.

After the butter melts add the flour.
After the butter melts add the flour.

Stir until the flour gets cooked in the butter.
Stir until the flour gets cooked in the butter.

Add milk.
Add milk.

Whisk the mixture to avoid lumps.
Whisk the mixture to avoid lumps.

Keep cooking until it attains the sauce consistency.
Keep cooking until it attains the sauce consistency.

Add salt and Pepper and switch the flame off.
Add salt and Pepper and switch the flame off.
Perfect. White Sauce is done.
Perfect. White Sauce is done.

Assembling the Lasagna

Take all the ingredients to start assembling lasagna.
Take all the ingredients to start assembling lasagna.

Grease the pan using Olive Oil.
Grease the pan using Olive Oil.

Spoon the Bolognese Sauce and spread it evenly as the first layer.
Spoon the Bolognese Sauce and spread it evenly as the first layer.

Place the lasagna sheets on top according to the size of the dish.
Place the lasagna sheets on top according to the size of the dish.

Again spread a layer of Bolognese Sauce evenly.
Again spread a layer of Bolognese Sauce evenly.

Now goes the white sauce on top of the Bolognese sauce.
Now goes the white sauce on top of the Bolognese sauce.

Tile the Lasagna sheets on top.
Tile the Lasagna sheets on top.

Repeat the layers -Bolognese sauce.
Repeat the layers -Bolognese sauce.

White sauce.
White sauce.

Time to sprinkle the cheese on top. Parmesan cheese.
Time to sprinkle the cheese on top. Parmesan cheese.

Here goes the shredded cheddar and mozzarella.
Here goes the shredded cheddar and mozzarella.

Time to bake the lasagna @180 degree C for 25 to 30 mins.
Time to bake the lasagna @180 degree C for 25 to 30 mins.

See the Golden brown layer of cheese on top.
See the Golden brown layer of cheese on top.
All ready to dig in. Enjoy.
All ready to dig in. Enjoy.
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