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Cheesy lasagna

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Cheesy lasagna

A lasagna is the answer to 'what's the best thing in Italian cuisine?'. Alternating layers of cheese sheets and succulent meat mixture baked, make for a heavenly dish.

Ingredients

1 ½ tbsp oil

2 ½ tbsp butter

1 large onion, finely sliced

4 pods garlic

1 tsp celery, finely cut

2 medium capsicum, sliced

1 cup grated carrot

4 tomatoes, finely sliced

1 cup tomato puree

½ cup mushroom

1 cup cooked chicken, boneless

Salt, as required

¼ tsp black pepper powder

7-8 sheets lasagna (can be purchased)


For the white sauce


2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp maida

1 ¾ cups milk

2 small eggs, beaten

¾ cup grated cheese


Preparation

Keep the oven heated at 150 degree Celsius

Heat together oil and butter in a pan and sauté sliced large onions and garlic

When the onions begin to turn transparent, add celery, capsicum and carrot and stir well

Add tomatoes, tomato puree and stir well

When it boils, add mushroom, chicken and sufficient quantity salt and pepper powder, mix well, cook and keep aside

Brush the lasagna sheet with some oil and boil in salt water for 10 minutes

Boil till it becomes tender. Do not put all the sheets at once

Once it is cooked, drain the excess water and put them in cold water

Take it out after a while and lay on a towel

For preparing the white sauce, heat the butter and add maida to it and stir. Add milk to it

Mix and blend without allowing the milk to solidify. Add beaten eggs and grated cheese, mix and remove from stove

Layer a little of the prepared tomato mix in a baking dish

Lay three lasagna sheets over it. Again add a layer of some more tomato mix over it

Pour half of the prepared cheese sauce over it

Once again, make a layer of tomato mix, lasagna sheet, tomato mix, cheese sauce in that order

The sheets must soak well

Garnish with cut tomatoes, place in the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes


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