|30 min||40 min||1 h 10 min||6|
|500 gm||Beef, ground, extra lean|
|3 cup||Tomato puree, canned|
|1/2 cup||Cherry Tomatoes (halved, for garnish)|
|2 tbsp||Extra virgin olive oil|
|1 medium||Red onion (diced)|
|2/3 cup||Red wine|
|2/3 tsp||Black pepper|
|1 tsp||Sea salt|
|1 eggplant||Eggplant (sliced into 1 cm-thick disks, for lasagna layers)|
|6 mushroom(s)||Cremini (Italian) mushroom (for lasagna layers)|
|2 tbsp||Extra virgin olive oil (for lasagna layers)|
|1/2 cup||Basil, fresh (for lasagna layers)|
|2 cup||Baby spinach (for lasagna layers)|
|1 tsp||Ghee (for lasagna layers)|
|3 tbsp||Parmesan cheese, grated (optional, for lasagna layers)|
|1 parsnip(s)||Parsnip (peeled and sliced, for lasagna layers)|
|1 1/2 cup||Ricotta cheese (optional, for lasagna layers)|
|1 tsp||Sea salt (for lasagna layers)|
|3 medium||Zucchini (sliced vertically into thin ribbons, for lasagna layers)|
1. Heat oven to 180°C (355°F). Place a layer of parsnip slices with a little ghee in a deep lasagna tray and pre-bake in the oven for 15 minutes, this will help to soften them slightly before we build the rest of the layers. Set aside
2. To make the sauce, heat 2 tbsp. of olive oil and sauté onion with a pinch of salt for 5-8 minutes, until slightly caramelised. Add 1 tsp of ghee and bring the heat up to high. Break the beef mince and add to the frying pan. Use a spatula or a potato masher (my little trick) to stir and break the mince apart into small pieces, as it tends to clump together during cooking. Cook for about 5–6 minutes, until browned.
3. Add red wine, garlic, pepper, paprika and salt to cooking meat and fry for a further 3-4 minutes. Add tomato puree, bring to boil and turn the heat down to simmering temperature. Cook for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, sprinkle eggplant slices with sea salt and set aside for 10 minutes to draw out some of the juices. Rinse and pat dry. Heat the oven back to 180°C (355°F).
4. In another frying pan, heat 2 tbsp. olive oil and 1 tsp ghee. Fry the eggplant in batches for 2-3 minutes on each side, until light golden brown. Add more olive oil and ghee as you go along. Set aside, by this stage all our layer ingredients should be ready.
5. Take the baking tray out of the oven and start layering the lasagna in the following order: pre-cooked parsnips, ⅓ of tomato meat sauce, eggplant slices, fresh basil leaves, mushrooms, the rest of the meat sauce pressed down evenly, baby spinach, zucchini, drizzle of olive oil and some cracked black pepper. Cook in the oven, at 180°C (355°F), for 35–40 minutes. See step-by-step pictures below. If using ricotta and grated Parmesan cheese, add on top of the lasagna at the 20 minutes cooking-time mark. Increase the heat to 200°C (390°F) for the last 10–15 minutes. Garnish with fresh basil and a few cherry tomatoes and serve.
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