Tuesday, July 24, 2012

cooking by instinct :: vegetarian lasagne

There are a couple of recipes in my repertoire that I just cook by instinct. There is no recipe. They are dependable meals at times when I’m scraping around for ingredients, needing to create a meal using pantry and freezer staples.

One of my favourites is vegetarian lasagne. I’ve been cooking this particular meal since I was a teenager living at my parents’ home, it has been with me as uni student, a professional and now as a mother. It’s a stayer.

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Step 1

Saute the onion and garlic in a large pan. Add two cans of bean mix and two cans of diced tomatoes.
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Step 2
Thaw two packs of frozen spinach.
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Step 3
Tear herbs adding them to a simmering sauce.
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Step 4
Reduce sauce (simmer for ten minutes or so) & then set to the side.
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Step 5
Press out moisture from spinach.
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Step 6
Melt some butter and throw in some flour. (Sorry I just guestimate my quantities). Stir.
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Step 7
SLOWLY add the milk stirring continuously over a low(ish) heat.
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Step 8
Add enough milk that the mix is runny and milk-like. Do NOT stop stirring.
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Step 9
Bring to the boil and remove from the heat. Sauce should have started to thicken. Keep stirring for a bit. Stir in loads of cheese. Sauce complete.
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Step 10
Grease lasagne dish. Then add lasagne noodle, bean sauce, noodle, spinach, noodle, white cheesey sauce, sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
Bake for 30min around 200C.
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Dinner is served.

7 comments:

  1. Love simple recipes! This one is just my style - thanks Sally! :) Kx

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  2. delicious!! you cook just the way I do: dashes, splashes and guesses!

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  3. that looks yum, i love your instinctual cooking. i usually make lasagne grilled veggie style these days, but i like your beannie take on a bolognese sauce. will have to have a go :)

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  4. Simple and delicious! I rarely refer to recipes when I cook and am notorious for not measuring too :)
    x

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  5. Yummo! I wonder if I could get my husband to eat it??? He has 'issues' with meat free dinners! God forbid I secretlly try to turn him into a vegetarian!!!

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  6. I make a similar thing but without the beans (and usually make a bean salad to go with it) - am definitely going to try the beans now! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  7. This looks great Sal, I've been looking for a good veg lasagne, most have too much precooking of pumpkin and the like for me, I will definitely give this one a try. Thanks for sharing.

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