Thursday, August 23, 2012

Not Your Usual "Lasagna"


The recipe I want to share today, is a recipe originally shared by one of our star rugby players, Bryan Habana in the cookbook Springbok Kitchen.

I have made it a couple of times, differently each time. This is by far the tastiest of my experiments - it is very filling, but somehow we managed to really over-stuff ourselves. You know, it's one of those recipes where you just can't stop - same as starting with caramel peanuts or popcorn .. you start and don't stop until the whole packet is gone!

I had planned to make a quick dessert afterwards, but halfway through dinner, we all decided against having a dessert as well .. now this does not happen very often at our house !

More than enough for 5 adults plus extra servings ...

Not Your Usual "Lasagna"

1 Large Onion, finely chopped
2 TB Oil
250g Bacon Bits (for this recipe - the bigger the chunks, the better)
800g Lean Beef Mince
1 cup Beef stock
2 TB Tomato Puree
1 1/2 t Paprika
1 t Spices for Mince (or any other MEAT Spice)
1 Large Tomato, peeled and chopped
Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper
3 cups Screw Noodles
2 1/2 cups Cheddar Cheese, grated

6 TB Butter
6 TB Flour
3 cups Milk

1.) Saute the Onion in the Oil until light brown and soft - add the Bacon Bits and fry 2 - 3 minutes - add the Minced meat and fry until loose and light brown.
2.) Mix the Beef stock, Tomato Puree, Paprika and Spice for Mince - add this mixture together with the chopped Tomato to the meat mixture - stir well, turn down the heat and let simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated. (15 - 20 minutes). When done, season with Salt and Black Pepper to taste.
3.) Meanwhile cook the Screw noodles according to the instructions on the packet, pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) and spray a large oven dish with Spray 'N Cook.
4.) Melt the Butter in a microwavable dish (at least 1 liter capacity), stir in the Flour to form a paste - add the Milk little at a time to the paste, scraping the sides and bottom whilst mixing the Paste with the Milk.
5.) Microwave the Milk mixture at full power for 6 - 8 minutes, stirring every 1 1/2 minutes to break up any clumps, until the sauce has thickened.
6.) Once the pasta is cooked, drain and keep aside.
7.) To assemble ; Place half of the Meat mixture on the bottom of the oven dish, followed by half of the pasta, one cup Cheddar cheese and half the White sauce (Layer each addition evenly on top of the other) 
8.) Repeat the layers and end with the remaining 1/2 cup of Cheddar cheese - Bake for 20 - 30 minutes until nicely browned.

Hope you will enjoy this recipe !

Ciao for now,


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17 comments:

  1. I love everything about this recipe! Pinned :)

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    1. Funny thing - when I made this, I thought of you and said to Roy..bet, Jamie will like this!
      Linda

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    2. Absolutely :) This may be our next recipe from your site!

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  2. Looks interesting. I may have to try this!
    I would love to have you link this up to my linky party! http://domesticrandomness.blogspot.com/2012/08/friday-fascinations-3-everything-linky.html

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  3. Bacon. In lasagna. Oh how my kids would love that! :)

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    1. Try it ! You will be pleasantly surprised, and definitely the kids as well,
      Linda

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  4. Mmm! This looks yummy! You can never go wrong with bacon, after all! ;-)
    Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party! :-)

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    1. Bacon adds a lot of flavor to most dishes and this is really a very tasty recipe. Thanks for stopping by, Shiloh!
      Linda

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  6. Hi Linda,
    What a great recipe, I just love this combination of flavor. Hope you have a great holiday weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  7. Yum. What a great twist. Thanks for sharing at OneCreativeMommy.com. Have a great weekend!

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  8. Such wonderful flavor combos. Thanks for sharing on Southern Sundays. Hope to see you again tomorrow!

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  9. I love that this has bacon in it. Yum! Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday. Hope to see you tomorrow!

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  10. Linda,
    This sounds delicious! I love bacon and can't wait to try it in this recipe. Thanks for sharing.
    Michelle

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  11. What a great combo of flavors. I love a great lasagna!! Thanks so much for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. I hope you will link up again this week. The party will be live tonight!! www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com

    Thanks, Nichi

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  12. That looks really interesting! I think my husband would like this.
    Thank you for linking up to Friday Fascinations! Don't forget to come back and link up to this week's party! http://domesticrandomness.blogspot.com/2012/09/friday-fascinations-6-everything-linky.html

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