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Not Your Usual Lasagna

Not Your Usual Lasagna

Not Your Usual Lasagna is exactly that ! Easier and more filling (with BACON too!) than the traditional lasagnas ~ Layers of deliciousness !

Not Your Usual Lasagna is exactly that ! Easier and more filling (with BACON too!) than the traditional lasagnas ~ Layers of deliciousness !

The recipe, Not Your Usual Lasagna, is a recipe originally shared by one of our star rugby players, Bryan Habana in the cookbook Springbok Kitchen for his version of a quick Lasagna.

I have made it dozens of times, differently each time. This is by far the tastiest of my experiments.

The Lasagna is very filling, but somehow we manage to really over-stuff ourselves. Each and every time !

You know, it’s one of those recipes where you just can not stop ! Same as starting with caramel peanuts or popcorn .. you start and don’t stop until the whole packet is gone!

Not Your Usual Lasagna is exactly that ! Easier and more filling(with BACON too!) than the traditional lasagnas ~ Layers of deliciousness !

I had planned to make a quick dessert afterwards. But halfway through dinner, we all decided against having a dessert as well. Now this does not happen very often at our house !

Not Your Usual Lasagna is exactly that ! Easier and more filling than the traditional lasagnas ~ Layers of deliciousness !

You will notice that I do not add any salt and pepper to the white sauce. This is due to the Beef being salty enough and the white sauce gives a delicious balance.

Feel free to add salt/pepper to the white sauce if you prefer.

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Not Your Usual Lasagna

Yield: 6 Servings

Not Your Usual Lasagna

Not Your Usual Lasagna

Not Your Usual Lasagna is exactly that ! Easier and more filling (with BACON too!) than the traditional lasagnas ~ Layers of deliciousness !

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook/Bake Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 large Onion chopped
  • 2 TB Olive Oil
  • 250 g Bacon Bits ( 8 oz )
  • 675 g Lean Ground Beef ( 1 1/2 pounds will do )
  • 1 cup Beef Stock
  • 2 TB Tomato Paste
  • 1 1/2 t Paprika
  • 1 t Meat Spice (your favorite)
  • 1 large Tomato peeled and chopped
  • Salt and Black Pepper to taste
  • 500 g Rotini (Spiral) Pasta ( 16 oz )
  • 2 1/2 cups Cheddar Cheese grated
  • 6 TB Salted Butter
  • 6 TB Flour
  • 3 cups Milk

Instructions

  1. Saute the Onion in the Oil until light brown and soft – add the Bacon Bits and fry 2 – 3 minutes – add the Ground Beef and fry until loose and light brown
  2. Mix the Beef Stock, Tomato Paste, Paprika and Meat Spice – add this mixture together with the chopped Tomato to the meat – stir well, turn down the heat and let simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated. (15 – 20 minutes). When done, season with Salt and Black Pepper to taste
  3. Meanwhile cook the Pasta according to the instructions on the packet, pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) and spray a large oven dish with cooking oil
  4. Melt the Butter in a microwavable dish (at least 4 cups capacity), stir in the Flour to form a paste – add the Milk little at a time to the paste, scraping the sides and bottom whilst mixing the Paste with the Milk
  5. Microwave the Milk mixture at full power for 6 – 8 minutes, stirring every 1 1/2 minutes to break up any clumps, until the sauce has thickened
  6. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and keep aside

TO LAYER:

  1. Place half of the Meat mixture on the bottom of the oven dish, followed by half of the pasta, one cup Cheddar cheese and half the White sauce (Layer each addition evenly on top of the other)
  2. Repeat the layers and end with the remaining 1/2 cup of Cheddar cheese – Bake for 20 – 30 minutes until nicely browned

Notes

Slightly adapted from the recipe in the cook book: Springbok Kitchen

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Amount Per Serving Calories 1083.6Carbohydrates 73.1gProtein 56.1g

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Serve with a crunchy salad on the side.

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Melinda

Friday 10th of June 2016

Im concerned that your thickened sauce has no seasoning. Just milk, butter and flour?

Linda Nortje

Friday 10th of June 2016

Melinda, the meat layers are very salty and rich. The white sauce (without seasoning) gives this dish just the right balance for us, but you can always add salt to the sauce if you prefer :-)

Marsha Baker

Monday 6th of June 2016

What a beautiful dish. I'm very intrigued by it. YUM! Thanks much for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck.

R Fascinated

Tuesday 18th of September 2012

That looks really interesting! I think my husband would like this.Thank you for linking up to Friday Fascinations! Don't forget to come back and link up to this week's party! http://domesticrandomness.blogspot.com/2012/09/friday-fascinations-6-everything-linky.html

The Mandatory Mooch

Wednesday 5th of September 2012

What a great combo of flavors. I love a great lasagna!! Thanks so much for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. I hope you will link up again this week. The party will be live tonight!! www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com

Thanks, Nichi

With A Blast

Tuesday 4th of September 2012

Lol.. let me know?Linda

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