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Welcome to Teri's Food Therapy, a unique blog here for you to explore. Teri's F.T. blog is mainly Caribbean style food. Cooking has added such value to my life, and I love having the opportunity to share my passions and thoughts with my loyal readers. Read on, and enjoy.

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Beef Lasagna


This particular recipe has been requested by quite a few of my Food Therapy friends. Truthfully, I shied away from doing it simply because lasagna is a recipe that in my opinion needs to be as close to authentic as possible. I certainly do not make my lasagna the traditional way. I was given a reminder though this is Teri's Food Therapy (emphasis on the Teri). Thus, I set out to bless a few creative foodies' taste buds with this recipe. I usually don't make this often because I think it's a bit time consuming but the end result is always so amazing that it's hard to resist when I actually do make the effort to throw it together. So here's my recipe, please enjoy.





INGREDIENTS


1packet Lasgna pasta 16oz


1lb ground Beef


2 tsp Salt


1 medium Onion chopped


4 cloves Garlic crushed then chopped


1/2 cup of chopped Chive


3 finely chopped Pimentos


1 tsp Black Pepper


4 tbsp of Vegetable Oil or Olive Oil




Sauce

1/2 cup chopped Basil


350ml Tomato Sauce


4 cloves Garlic crushed and chopped


1 small Onion chopped


1/2 cup of chopped Celery Stalk


2 tbsp Olive Oil


1 cup Water


2 tbsp Brown Sugar


2 tbsp Oregano


1 tsp Salt


Pinch black pepper




Cheese sauce

3 1/2 cups Shredded Vegetarian Cheddar Cheese

(You can use the cheese of your choice I use this due to my allergies)


1/4 cup Butter/Margarine


1/4 cup Flour


1 cup Evaporated Milk


1 tsp Garlic Powder


1 tsp Salt


1 tsp Chili flakes


1 tsp Parsley flakes


2 cups Water



METHOD



●Preheat oven at 375°


●In boiling salted pot of water add Lasagna pasta and cook for required time 8-10 until el dente.


Note:you want pasta to be soft with a bite because it has to cook further.


●Drain pasta in colander and rinse with room temperature water. Place pasta flat on a baking tray and set aside.



●Season ground beef with onions, garlic, pimento, chives, black pepper and salt and mix well.


●In a small to medium sized skillet on medium heat add olive oil and allow to heat up before add the minced beef.


●Cook beef until it has gone from pink to brown and remove from heat.


Tomato Sauce


●To medium saucepan on high heat add oil and allow to heat up for about 1 min, add garlic and onions and saute till onions become translucent.


●Add celery and cook for 1 min stirring gradually to ensure it does not burn.


●Add Tomato sauce and water and stir well. When sauce begins to bubble add basil, oregano, brown sugar, salt and black pepper.


●Cover, lower heat and and allow sauce to simmer for 15-20 mins before removing from heat.


Cheese Sauce


●To a medium sauce pan on medium heat add butter and allow to melt. Once butter is melted add flour and whisk for several seconds.


●Quickly follow up flour with evaporated milk by whisking it into the butter and flour mixture to remove all the lumps.


●When sauce begins to thicken up add water and stir well.


●To sauce then add garlic powder, parsley flakes, chili flakes and salt.


●Whisk in 1 cup of the cheese (set aside the rest to top later) gradually again ensuring no clumping and allow mixture to thicken up by coming to a gradual boil for 7-10 mins.


●Once sauce has thickened up remove from heat and get your greased baking tray.


Putting together the Lasagna


●You layer your pasta depending on the width of you pan ensure there are no open spaces between pasta pieces.


●A-top your layer of pasta add tomato sauce, minced beef, cheese sauce and cheese and then add another layer of pasta.


●Repeat this again according to the size of your dish I normally do 3 layers and top the final layer with noodles, tomato sauce, cheese and parsley flakes.


●Bake at 375° for 30-40 mins. Remove from oven and let sit for 10 - 15 mins before slicing and serving.


Thanks for joining me for another session of Food Therapy I really do hope you enjoy and look out for my Vegetarian Lasagna recipe.

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