Pasta and Meat Sauce Bake

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Pasta and Meat Sauce Bake
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Difficulty:
moderate
Difficulty
Preparation:
1 hr
Preparation
ready in 1 hr 30 min.
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How healthy are the main ingredients?
carrotCeleryBeeforeganoNutmeg

Ingredients

for
4
Ingredients
extra virgin olive oil
0.333 cup
Pancetta (finely chopped)
1
onion (finely chopped)
2
Garlic cloves (finely chopped)
2
carrots (chopped)
2 sticks
Celery (finely chopped)
1.333 cups
Minced Beef
cup
2 tablespoons
2 teaspoons
dried oregano
1.333 cups
For the bechamel sauce
3 tablespoons
¼ cup
2 ½ cups
Plus
14 ounces
butter (to grease the dish)
Parmesan cheese (freshly grated)

Preparation steps

1.
Heat the oven to 200°C (180°C in a fan oven), 400°F, gas 6.
2.
Heat 2 tbsp oil in a roasting tin and fry the Pancetta, onion, garlic, carrots and celery on a medium heat. Add the meat and fry, stirring continuously.
3.
Stir in the tomato puree, the oregano and the stock. Season with salt and ground black pepper. Cover and braise for 20-30 minutes on a medium heat.
4.
To make the bechamel sauce, melt the butter and sprinkle the flour on top. Gradually add the milk and bring to the boil, stirring continuously. Boil for one minute stirring all the time then remove from the heat and season with salt, ground black pepper and nutmeg.
5.
Grease a baking dish with some butter and layer the meat sauce and the lasagne sheets into it. Add a layer of meat sauce, then 2-3 tbsp bechamel sauce and sprinkle some cheese on top. Place the lasagne sheets on top and continue until the top layer is bechamel and cheese.
6.
Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown. Serve immediately with Parmesan cheese.