Red wine and caster sugar are the secret ingredients in the mince that will make everyone keep asking for more.
- Prep Time : 30 minutes
- Cook Time : 01h 50min
- Olive oil - 2 tsp
- brown onion, finely chopped - 1
- garlic cloves, crushed - 2
- lean beef mince - 600g
- bottle tomato pasta sauce - 735g
- red wine - 1/2 cup
- caster sugar - 1 tsp
- packet dried lasagne pasta sheets - 250g
- thickened cream - 2 cups
- grated cheddar cheese - 2 cups
- grated parmesan cheese - 1/4 cup
Heat oil in a heavy-based saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until onion is tender. Add mince. Cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up mince, for 8 minutes or until browned. Add sauce, wine and sugar. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, for 40 minutes or until sauce has thickened. Remove from heat.
Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Lightly grease a 7cm-deep, 25cm (base) square baking dish. Spoon 1/2 cup mince mixture over base of dish. Arrange one quarter of pasta sheets over meat mixture, breaking sheets to fit. Spoon one-third of the remaining mince mixture over pasta. Drizzle with one-quarter of the cream. Sprinkle with one-quarter of the cheddar cheese. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining pasta sheets, cream and cheddar cheese. Sprinkle with parmesan. Cover loosely with foil.
Bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil. Bake for 15 minutes or until pasta is tender and cheese golden. Stand for 10 minutes before serving.