Lasagne for Dummies help please

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Tompeters

Lasagne for Dummies help please

Can any kind soul please tell me how to make a basic everyday lasagne - meat and veggie - that I can rustle up while fiddling in the kitchen rather than embarking on 'cooking dinner'?

In particular: These 'no need to pre-cook' lasagnes. Tescos says "It is not necessary to pre-cook Tesco lasagne as it can be used straight from the packet however if you prefer to pre-cook you can use method as follows...." Why would I 'prefer' to pre-cook? Do they think that boiling lasagne sheets is fun? Or is it better, or is it better not to pre-cook?

Can someone suggest a bottled/canned white sauce that is good? What do I do with the (presumably) quick cook lasagne, pre-cook or just layer? Should I add more fluid if uncooked or is the water take-up trivial? I'm trying to get together a basic recipe for children from 18 months to 100 years. Middle of the road food to eat with a side salad and french bread. Many thanks.

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Queen of Puds

lasagne

I use the dried & never pre cook. The only issue is that it is harder to snap it to size when the dish is an unhelpful shape, whereas if it is soft then you can cut it to shape. It doesn't need extra liquid adding in my opinion. I tend to make a fast white sauce by bringing 1pt milk & 50g butter to boil in a microwave jug, then quickly adding 50g plain flour all at once & whisking it quickly by hand with a large balloon whisk till all blended in & hopefully thickened & with no lumps. If there are lumps you can sieve, though it doesn't hurt if you don't. If you want it thinner, add more milk or even cream. If not thick, return to microwave for another 30 secs, etc.
Hope that helps?

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Tompeters

Lasagne for Dummies

That's great, thanks!

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Welshcookie

White sauce

I also make it in the micro but I cook butter and flour together, whisk in milk then bring to boil.

Haven't made white sauce on the stove-top for years.

You have to have enough liquid in the dish for successful no-need-to-cook sheets of lasagne; and make sure they are fully covered.

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SonyaK

Lasagne for Dummies help please

I'd second everything WC just said.

White sauce in the MW - flour & butter first.
Fully covering the lasagne is important too - get nasty dry, hard bits of pasta sticking out of the sauce otherwise!!

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Essex Girl

Lasagne

I like to prepare dishes like this in advance and when I tried lasagne with dried pasta it'd dissolved when I went to bake it so it put me off ever making it again in that way. Should I have cooked the whole thing first and then re-heated?

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JAMES

White Sauce.

I'd certainly not make it in the microwave! So easy to do on the stove, ready in a couple of minutes.

Sheet wise, I prefer Waitrose own brand cos its wavy shaped! LOL! NO need to precook, just make sure it is covered in sauce.

If time is an issue, do a batch at once, of convenient sizes for your household.

When fully prepared, cover and freeze. You can cook from frozen although it is slightly better if you defrost it over night in the fridge and back from chilled. The thing being it does not take much longer to make 4 lasagne's than it does 1.

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Tompeters

Lasagne for Dummies

EG, I've only made it twice, years ago, and I seem to remember hard bits of uncooked pasta in one and slime in the other.

James, microwave sounds like a good idea. It isn't just time, it's a different and better way to cook and sometimes leaves less washing up. Was it you who said a while back that you think microwave ovens are dangerous? The jury came back with a 'safe' verdict decades ago, unlike mobile phones where there is just a slim chance that very heavy users particularly children might be damaging their brains.

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Yummy

Lasagne for Dummies

If you used the dry sheets assemble the lasagne while the sauce and Bolognese are hot, this will start to loosen the lasagne sheets. Not sure if there is a "proper way" to assemble, but I always do a cheese sauce layer, then the lasagne sheet, bolognese layer, cheese sauce, lasagne sheet...and then repeat , finishing with a lasagne sheet and covered with the cheese sauce and then grated cheese .
I use the quick method for the cheese sauce, boil milk in pan with butter,salt and white pepper, then add cornflour mixed with milk to thicken, then grated cheese......can you tell we like it cheesey ????

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JAMES

Lasagne for Dummies.


". Was it you who said a while back that you think microwave ovens are dangerous? The jury came back with a 'safe' verdict decades ago,."


Actually, I do not believe any such verdict was ever made!

They said smoking was good for you originally!

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Tompeters

Lasagne for Dummies

Yummy, sounds easy enough to be do-able, thanks. I like cheesy, too so will add cheddar in the white sauce. I usually use fresh grated parmesan/grana (always in my fridge) or gruyere to add zing in pasta and pizza dishes. It's starting to make sense, now, thanks.

James, yes the tobacco lobby used to advertise smoking as good for you. Craven A for sore throats. Laudanum was available in pharmacies when my granny was a girl. Unless you have damaged your mic you really have nothing to worry about...but then again, if you don't fancy it, it's a free country! Something more dangerous is the plastic electric slicers. I have one to slice bread and I tried it for gammon once to find that there is no way to thoroughly clean it. I used a steam cleaners and spent ages now it is just for bread. And mandolins, take your fingers off.

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sandra

Lasagne

I always use dried and has been said it simply needs a little more liquid in the ragu to cook.

I tend to make a huge batch of ragu then freeze in portions. Once defrosted takes no time to make a cheese sauce, heat the ragu and assemble. Personally not keen on freezing the whole dish, never tastes quite the same to me.

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Tompeters

Lasagne for Dummies

Thanks, all. Tonight I made lasagne and have a couple of photos for comment etc. Am I able to post a link here to photobucket, or is there a better way?

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Yummy

Lasagne for Dummies

If you are on facebook, you can post a photo on there for us to see x

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Tompeters

Lasagne for Dummies

Yummy, sorry I don't do FB.

 
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