So I made this delicious dish and was going to post the recipe when I realised that actually I had no idea how much of what I had used...you see I cook like that...a'la my mom - a great cook!!...we just pour in milk and stop when it looks enough - a chunk of butter...yes seems enough...a sprinkle of this and pinch of that...
So I remade it tonight for family coming for dinner and took the time...
to count and measure everything...
So here goes...
You will need:
1 small onion - finely chopped
3 large carrots - peeled and finely chopped
4 free range skinless chicken breast - sliced
4 spring onions - sliced
1 Punnet of mushrooms - sliced (never used any last time!)
1 cup of corn
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
a bag of baby spinach leaves
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup of white wine
1 box lasagne sheets
750ml full cream milk
80 - 100 grams butter
150 grams cheese - grated
2 - 3 heaped Tblspoons cornflour
salt and pepper to taste
(half tsp of mustard if you have)
extra cheese for sprinkling on the top
Place all the ingredients into a large pot - except the lasagne sheets and spinach.
Add a cup of water or so, the white wine, and about 4 Tablespoons of tomato sauce or half a small tin of tomato paste - I prefer tomato sauce as it is not as strong as the paste.
Bring to the boil, then turn down and let it simmer until nicely cooked.
About half an hour or so, frequently giving it a stir.
It should look nice and saucy by now.
Wash the baby spinach leaves well, place in a colander and pour a kettle of boiling water over it - just to wilt it. Set aside.
Now make the cheese sauce. In a pot bring the milk and butter, salt and pepper to boil.
In a bowl add the cornflour and mix into a smooth paste with some water.
Once the milk is boiling add the cornflour to thicken and whisk well.
Add the grated cheese - turn down the heat and allow to thicken and melt nicely.
Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.
If you have some mustard, add a little, it always gives cheese sauce a lovely flavour.
Now start to assemble the dish - add a layer of your tomato, veg and chicken sauce to the base of the oven dish. Add a layer of spinach leaves, then a layer of pasta sheets...continue to layer until all finished. Top with the cheese sauce and sprinkle with a little more grated cheese.
Place in the preheated oven at 180 degrees clecuis for approx 30 - 40 minutes.
Take out and allow to stand for a few minutes before serving with
a big bowl of green salad and fresh bread...