I thought I'd share my bacon lasagne recipe. It's probably one of my kids' favourite meals. I wouldn't say it's the quickest, but worth it. As with all my recipes, I usually find a basic recipe from somewhere, then add a bit of another one and then make a few changes of my own. I also tend not to measure ingredients, apart from when I'm baking a cake, then I am very precise!
Makes about 4 - 6 portions
For the tomato and bacon sauce:
- 8 rashers of bacon
- 2 cans of tomatoes (400g)
- Basil (dry or fresh)
- Oregano (I always use dry)
- Pasta sheets
For the white sauce:
- Ground nutmeg
- 50g butter or margarine
- 50g plain flour
- Cheese (Cheddar or Parmesan)
- 600ml milk
(Used celery as well once. Could also add peppers and mushrooms)
- Chop the onion and fry in some oil, then add about 1tsp of oregano and the bacon (chopped). I have also added cooked ham in the past, if I'm out of bacon or it needs using up.
- After about 5 minutes add the cans of tomatoes, season with black pepper if you wish and simmer for another 5 minutes or so, before adding some basil (about 20 leaves if fresh or 2 - 3tsp dried).
- Meanwhile, for the white sauce: pour the milk in another pan, add the flour and butter and whisk over a moderate heat. Simmer until it thickens before adding some ground nutmeg. I sometimes add a little grated cheese at this point.
- In a large baking tray, pour the tomato and bacon mixture and add some pasta sheets over the top.
- Pour over the white sauce and then another layer of tomato sauce. Alternate until you've used up your mixtures. I usually have 3 layers of 4 pasta sheets, but it really doesn't matter.
- You can sprinkle some Parmesan over the top if you like.
- Bake uncovered for about 40 minutes on 190C/170C fan/gas 5/370F.
And that's it! Serve with salad and chunky chips or crusty bread.