Red lentil & mushroom lasagne

For the sauce

Make a traditional beef ragu or Bolognese sauce using your favourite recipe but substitute red lentils for minced beef  – be careful not to over cook the lentils!

For the mushroom layer

Pan-fry sliced mushrooms in olive oil
When they have released & reabsorbed their water add some finely chopped garlic & chives to the pan
Fry for a couple of minutes on a medium heat
Season with salt & pepper

For the lasagne

Spoon 1/3 of the lentil sauce into a oven-proof dish
Cover with lasagne sheets
Make a béchamel/white sauce and drizzle 1/4 of the sauce over the lasagne sheets
Sprinkle over some grated mature cheddar
Add another layer of lasagne sheets
Spread the cooked mushroom & chive mixture over the lasagne
Drizzle over another 1/4 of the béchamel/white sauce and some more grated mature cheddar
Repeat until you have used up your ingredients and finish with the remaining white sauce and more grated Cheddar

Cook for about 40 minutes at 200C/400F/Gas 6 or until the pasta is soft, the cheese is golden and the sauce bubbling!

This dish freezes well both cooked and uncooked.

Variation

Use kidney beans instead of lentils & add some chilli and ground cumin to the ‘ragu’
Add a little chopped fresh coriander to the mushroom mix
Use flour tortillas cut to size instead of lasagne sheets
Use a combination of mature Cheddar and grated mozzarella

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Croque Monsieur

Ham + Gruyere + Dijon mustard + quality sliced white bread

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Spread mustard on bread

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Top with sliced ham & sliced or grated Gruyere

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Top with another slice of bread

Butter both sides of the bread & place the sandwich in a hot ‘dry’ frying pan

Cook over medium heat (about 3-4 minutes)  or until golden brown on both sides

 

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Make a thick Bechamel

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Allow to cool

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Spread bechamel on the top slice & sprinkle over more grated Gruyere

Grill under a medium heat until cheese has melted and is golden

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Great for weekend brunch

& if you’re extra hungry, top with a fried egg for a Croque Madame!