Tips To Serve Traditional Lasagna Recipe Nz Easy

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Lasagna, a comforting and delicious layered casserole, is a beloved dish worldwide. New Zealand has its own take on this Italian classic, featuring a rich meat sauce, creamy béchamel sauce, and generous layers of pasta sheets. This recipe delivers a hearty and flavorful lasagna that’s perfect for a family dinner or a potluck gathering.


The best lasagne recipe with beef mince
The best lasagne recipe with beef mince

500g lean ground mince (beef or lamb)

  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red capsicum (bell pepper), diced
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (400g) can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 (400g) can tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 500ml milk
  • 50g butter
  • 50g plain flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cloves (optional)
  • 350g lasagna sheets (no pre-cooking required)
  • 300g grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

  • Instructions:

    1. Prepare the Meat Sauce: Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic, capsicum, and carrot, and cook for another 2 minutes.
    2. Increase heat to medium-high and add the ground mince. Cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until browned.
    3. Stir in the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, tomato paste, brown sugar, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens.
    4. Make the Bechamel Sauce: In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually whisk in milk, a little at a time, until smooth and thickened. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the sauce thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Season with nutmeg and cloves (optional) to taste.
    5. Assemble the Lasagna: Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Lightly grease a large baking dish. Spread a thin layer of meat sauce over the bottom of the dish. Top with a layer of lasagna sheets, breaking them to fit if necessary.
    6. Spread a layer of bechamel sauce over the pasta sheets, then sprinkle with a generous amount of mozzarella cheese. Repeat these layers, starting with meat sauce, pasta sheets, bechamel sauce, and mozzarella cheese, until all ingredients are used. Finish with a layer of mozzarella cheese and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
    7. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the lasagna is bubbly and golden brown on top. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving)

    This recipe yields approximately 8 servings. Please note that these are approximate values and may vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

    Calories: 650

  • Fat: 35g
  • Saturated Fat: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 60g
  • Sugar: 15g
  • Protein: 40g
  • Sodium: 800mg (depending on the salt content in your ingredients)

  • Note: This recipe is a general guideline. Feel free to adjust the amount of cheese, herbs, and spices to your liking.


    This traditional lasagna recipe is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. With its layers of flavorful meat sauce, creamy bechamel sauce, and tender pasta sheets, it offers a satisfying and comforting meal. The addition of grated parmesan cheese adds a salty and nutty touch, while the fresh herbs bring depth and complexity to the flavor profile. So, preheat your oven, gather your ingredients, and get ready to experience a slice of Kiwi comfort food!


    1. Can I use pre-cooked lasagna sheets?
    Yes, you can definitely use pre-cooked lasagna sheets. However, they may cook faster than traditional lasagna sheets, so adjust the baking time accordingly. It’s recommended to keep an eye on your lasagna during the last 10 minutes of baking to avoid overcooking.

    2. How can I make this recipe vegetarian?