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Aubergine Lasagna

Classic lasagna with a twist.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Servings: 4

Ingredients

For the tomato sauce

  • 400 g ground beef
  • 1 large onion chopped finely
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

For the bechamel

  • 40 g unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • ca. 500ml milk
  • a pinch of nutmeg
  • salt

Furthermore

  • 1 aubergine
  • 6-8 lasagna sheets
  • 2 handsful of gruyere cheese grated

Instructions

  • Turn on the broiler in your oven and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Cut the aubergine lengthways in 1cm thick slices and place on the sheet. Salt lightly and sprinkle with some olive oil. Place under the broiler. Each side will need about 10-15 min depending on your oven. Just check once in a while. The slices are done when they are starting to brown and are nice and soft.
  • In a large pot or pan heat one tablespoon of olive oil, add the onion and sauté for a minute. Add the ground beef and fry until the meat starts to brown. Add the tomatoes, basil, oregano, salt and pepper and turn the heat down. Let the sauce simmer for 20min. Don't let it get too dry or else your lasagne will come out of the oven with hardly any sauce left.
  • While the tomato sauce is simmering you can prepare the bechamel sauce. The base for every bechamel is a roux. In a sauce pan heat the butter on medium heat until it's slightly bubbling. Add the flour and start whisking. When the mixture gets light brown add the milk one bit at a time. The liquid will thicken really quick so keep on whisking adding more and more milk gradually until the sauce coats the back of a spoon. Add salt and pepper to taste and a pinch of nutmeg.
  • When all the components are ready you can start to build the lasagna. But first turn off the broiler and set your oven to 180°C / 350° F. I used a 20x20cm (8x8inch) casserole dish for this recipe, but anything close to that will work. Spread a little bit of tomatoe sauce into the dish first. Then start building: Lasagna sheets - tomato sauce - a handful gruyere - aubergine - lasagna sheets - tomato sauce - aubergine - lasagna sheets - tomato sauce. To finish it pour the bechamel over everything and top with the leftover gruyere cheese.
  • Bake for 20-30min or until the cheese is golden brown.