LASAGNA (Cape Malay Cooking)

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1 kg steak mince 3 tablespoons of cooking oil
2 onions chopped finely 1 can of peeled and chopped tomatoes
2x 115 grams of tomato paste 5 cloves of garlic finely chopped
1/2 a teaspoon of Italian herbs 1 tablespoon of dried parsley
1/2 a carrot grated 2 teaspoons of salt
1 tablespoon of freshly ground black pepper 3 tablespoons of sugar ( very important)
1 box of Lasagna

In a large pot heat the oil and add the onions , fry for a few minutes now add the garlic , salt , pepper , herbs and tomato in a tin and the paste and carrots , cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally . Now add your steak mince … Cook for another 10 minutes , now add a cup of warm water and on medium heat cook mince stirring occasionally – after 20 minutes add another cup of warm water and simmer for 10 minutes – and you done . Now for the White cheese sauce –

The most delicious white sauce / Cheese Sauce

150 grams of butter 3 tablespoons of cake flour
1 tablespoon of corn flour 1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of fine black pepper 1/2 a teaspoon of nutmeg
1 tablespoon of mustard powder 1&1/2 liter of warm to hot milk
1 cup of grated cheese if you making a cheese sauce .

Add butter to a medium sized pot and allow to melt on medium to high heat , now add the flour, corn flour mixed with half a cup of warm milk , salt and spices and stir into butter with a hand whisk for a minute or two to allow the flour to cook through . Now add your milk a cup at a time stirring with your whisk until the sauce thickens … Repeat this process with adding the warm
Milk and stirring continuously until all the milk has been used and your sauce is silky and a bit thick . For cheese sauce add you grated cheese at this point and stir till all cheese has melted
Now layer the lasagna dish first with mince mixture , lasagna sheets , mince mixture , cheese sauce , lasagna sheets , mince mixture , lasagna sheets and remaining cheese sauce on top – sprinkle with some cheese and black pepper and bake on 190 deg for 35-40 minutes . Allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving . Serve with a crispy green salad . Delicious !!

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