Lasagne style macaroni bake

My kids love love love lasagne but my youngest has troubles eating it so I make my lasagne with macaroni now! It still basically tastes the same, you still get the cheesy bechamèl and you still have your rich minced mixture. But it’s easy for toddlers to eat. I hope you enjoy

PS: I never claimed to be a good photographer 😉


First make the meat sauce.
Fry 2 large very finely cut onions with 3-4 cloves garlic until softened
Add 1kg beef mince and cook while breaking up the lumps until no longer pink
Add salt and pepper to taste, 1 good heaving teaspoon of nutmeg, 1 can diced tomatoes (then fill can with water and add that too) plus 2 fresh tomatoes grated, 2 teaspoons of chicken stock powder and a small tin tomato paste. Let cook until almost thickened then it’s time to start the pasta
I use macaroni for this because it’s easier for little ones to pick it up. Boil 500g macaroni until almost fully cooked then tip into colander and return to the pasta pot
Meanwhile as the pasta is cooking make the bechamèl, melt 50g butter into a medium pot, then add about 3 tablespoons of plain flour and stir until starts to change color, whisk in about 1 litre of milk. More if you like it very saucy.
Cook the bechamel until nearly ready then add a handful of cheddar cheese, whisk until melted and sauce is gooey. Mix it through the macaroni.
Layer half of the beef in your lasagne pan, then half of the cheese/macaroni mixture, then the rest of the beef on top of that and finally the macaroni mix again. Top with grated cheese and bake at 200C or 180C for a fan oven until melted and golden if you like it like that.

Enjoy !


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