The smells coming from the oven when this is cooking is simply wonderful!
Here I made a simple lasagne, full of flavour and oh so delicious!
I made it as simple as possible, and also used Spinach lasagne pasta sheets for a nice colour.
It is a very filling dish, so beware! What looks like a small portion on your plate is certainly going to fill your tummy!
2chicken legs or 4 thighs boned and cut into small bite size
*** You can use breast meat but I find the dark meat sweeter and has more flavour.
1Package of frozen spinach
1medium onion chopped
4clovesgarlic finely chopped
1 1/4cupsor 250 ml chicken broth
2teaspoonsWorcestershire Sauceor Balsamic Vinegar
Salt & Pepper
** I also used a handful of sliced mushrooms for added texture.
1/3cupor 40 g All Purpose Flour
2 1/2cupsor 600 ml Milk
1teaspoonYellow Mustard powder
1 1/2cupsor 150 g grated cheese
Choose your favourite cheese. I used Cheddar.
Salt & Pepper
Lasagne sheets - for 3 layers.
I used Spinach lasagne sheets
Make the meat filling. Peel & chop onion, garlic (and mushrooms if using) then add to a pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil.
Lightly fry until the onions are soft and translucent (not brown as this will make them taste bitter)
Add your chicken and cook, stirring in the pan with the other ingredients. Your chicken should be cut into bite sized pieces. Add the broth, spinach and Worcestershire Sauce and leave to simmer very low whilst you make the cheese sauce. Season if you wish with salt & pepper.
Make the Cheese Sauce. Melt butter in pan under gentle heat. Add Flour & mustard powder and beat until smooth paste and take pan off the heat.
Slowly add the milk, a little at a time and combine until smooth, then add a little more milk, combine. Continue until all the milk is used.
Return to gentle heat, and keep stirring until thick This will take about 5 minutes so be patient and keep stirring!.
Add 3/4 of the grated cheese and combine. The remaining 1/4 of the cheese is for the top of the lasagne.
Build the lasagne.Preheat oven to 170 C / 325 F / Gas 3
Start with a layer of 1/3 of the meat sauce on the bottom of the pan, then a layer of lasagne sheets, then cheese sauce. Repeat these layers, ending with the cheese sauce as the final top layer. Then sprinkle the remaining grated cheese on top. *** you should be able to make 3 layers of lasagne sheets.