Le Lasagne al forno di Megan

lasagne al fornoFor those that may have missed the news I have my daughter Megan over from Italy this week along with her daughter (my granddaughter) Gracey. I’m beside myself with joy as they haven’t been to visit in over a year and my visit in February was so rushed it felt I hardly had time to be with them.

When Megan left home her recipe collection was made up of Pasta in bianco (ie. no sauce just pasta with a bit of butter) Nutella on toast and she could knock up a mean microwave porridge with golden syrup drizzled on top for decoration.

Over the past few years I have received phone calls like this

‘Hi Mum, I’ve got all the ingredients for a steak pie here, can you tell me how to make it?’

‘What now?’


Naturally I had to drop everything I was doing and start running her through the recipe. Trust me she knew nothing so it was quite a lengthy phone call.

So this holiday we’re putting her to the test and today we’re offering you her Lasagne which she cooked this afternoon and I must say were delicious

Le lasagne al forno di Megan

don't take my photo!

Go away, don’t take my photo!


1 onion
2 carrots diced 
1/2 stick of celery
minced beef
1 jar of passato
3 fresh plum tomatoes or a tin of tomatoes
2/3 ladles of beef stock
salt and pepper
olive oil
lasagne sheets
grated parmesan cheese
bechamel sauce
For Princesses
Sliced cheese and Crown cutters

Fry off the onions until golden in the olive oil, add your mince and brown off, add the carrots and the celery to the mix and a ladle or two of stock.

mince, onion, carrot and celery for lasagne

Add the bottle of passata and the tin of chopped tomatoes, season and leave on a low heat to cook for about two hours, stiring occasionally

lasagne layers

Prepare the base of your lasagne dish with a smattering of bechamel sauce and then cover with a light layer of ragu.

lasagne pasta layer

Cover with lasagna sheets and repeat the process taking care to not fill each layer with too much meat, the more pasta layers there they better the finished product. Go easy on the meat.

lasagne bechamel

lasagne meat layer

We counted six layers of pasta in this lasagne

lasagne pronte per il forno

Top layer sprinkle with parmesan cheese and cook in the oven at 180C for 30 minutes.

Princess Crowns

Take one cheese slice and one crown food cutter

cheese crowns

princess cheese crowns

Perfect for all princesses in town

whilst you’re waiting for the lasagne to cook try forming your own tower

forming a tower


  1. May 21, 2012 / 10:50 PM

    6 layers of pasta – my boys would love you

    • May 25, 2012 / 10:45 PM

      Try it and let me know how they get on :) 

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