Lasagne with Lea & Perrins

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So today I'm posting a recipe for.... lasagne.  I know what you're thinking - lasagne? Everyone knows how to make that. And you probably do, but Lea and Perrins challenged me to make a 'lovelea' lasagne using their Worcestershire sauce and so, here we are, fine tuning a classic! Get ready for some lasagne porn and a few Lea and Perrins bottle shots thrown in for good measure!

Home made lasagne
Personally I've never used Worcestershire sauce in my lasagne and have always made the ragu heavily tomato based so after having read the Lea and Perrins recipe, I was excited to see how it would turn out. It was different to my usual, there was more of a beefy, meaty flavour to the dish. Using fresh beef stock and the Worcestershire sauce emphasised the flavour of the mince. I would usually put mushrooms in there too and again, not having them there, helped the meat shine through. For me, Worcestershire sauce has always lived in the cupboard for cheese on toast! It's the law - especially with a mature cheddar. Oooofff... so putting it in this dish was something new but definitely not unpleasant!

Anyway, lets not get distracted.. back to the recipe! The ingredients list here is big and to make this from scratch is quite a long winded job but it's definitely worth it for a really really good lasagne! The creamy homemade white sauce makes all the difference so don't be tempted to use a jar. Warming the milk with bay leaves and clove studded onions as per the recipe here makes it extra special. Whisk whisk whisk to ensure a smooth white sauce too!

Lea and Perrins Lasagne hamper

Ingredients (serves 6)

Meat ragu: 
  • 1 carrot 
  • 1 onion 
  • 2 sticks of celery 
  • 2 cloves of garlic 
  • A glug of olive oil 
  • A small handful of pancetta cubes
  • Minced beef (750g)
  • A glass of red wine
  • 4 tbsp of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tbsp of tomato purée (try sundried tomato puree - extra spesh!)
  • A tin of chopped tomatoes (400g)
  • Beef stock (250ml)
  • 12 no-cook lasagne sheets
  • A ball of mozzarella cheese
  • A block of Parmesan cheese
  • A handful of basil leaves
White sauce:
  • Butter (50g)
  • Flour (50g)
  • Milk (500ml)
  • 6 cloves
  • Couple of bay leaves
  • 1 onion 
Lea and Perrins with measuring spoons
Lasagne ingredients ready to start cooking Pouring on the white sauce for Lasagne

Method: 
  • Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and add the pancetta and brown. 
  • Dice the carrot, celery, garlic and 1 of the onions. 
  • Add the beef and brown well.
  • Squeeze the tomato purée into the pan and coat everything.
  • Then pour in the wine and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Let the liquid bubble for a few minutes before adding the chopped tomatoes and the stock.
  • Bring to the boil, then turn down to a gentle simmer for at least an hour to allow the mixture to reduce.
  • Halve the other onion and stud with the cloves.
  • Heat the milk in a saucepan with the studded onion and bay leaves.
  • Melt the butter in another medium sized saucepan.
  • Beat in the flour and cook for a minute (making a roux).
  • Pour in the strained, infused milk slowly, whisking constantly. Only add more milk once the last has been fully incorporated and is lump free.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Spread the meat sauce over the bottom of a rectangle baking dish.
  • Cover the layer with lasagne sheets, snapping them where needed to fit the dish. 
  • Spoon over a little white sauce and top with torn pieces of mozzarella, grated Parmesan and a few torn basil leaves.
  • Repeat, finishing with a top layer of lasagne sheets.
  • Scatter over a final layer of only cheese, then place in the oven for 30 minutes.
  • Serve with some salad & garlic bread!
You can find the original recipe on the Lea and Perrins website here along with loads of other recipes using their Worcestershire sauce - everything from basics like cheese on toast through to marinated chicken with minty fresh potato salad. If you're more of a visual kind of person, why not watch their recipes being cooked on their youtube channel! Pretty cool! 

A bowl of homemade lasagne

**If you've not already guessed, this is a sponsored post of sorts. Lea & Perrins did not pay me to write this post but they did provide the ingredients required for the dish. All opinions are my own - it really was a tasty lasagne!**

3 comments

  1. I love worstershire sauce for lasagne. I use it in macaroni cheese and other pasta sauces as well, it's my secret pasta cooking weapon that just gives things a bit of an edge! I've never tried this method of making a cheese sauce though, sounds amazing. x

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    1. Ok right, next time I make mac and cheese I'm stealing your secret and trying it with Lea and Perrins! Thanks for your comment Hannah! :-)

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  2. This looks gorgeous! I agree with you on having worcestershire sauce on cheese on toast - I'm also partial to plum tomatoes on toast with lashing of Lee & Perrings!

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