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Authentic Italian Cuisine
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Beef Lasagna

Simple Beef Lasagne is a lovely recipe, do try this if you are Italian food lover …

Ingredients:

BEEF SAUCE/BOLOGNA SAUCE:

  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes
  • ½ tspn oregano, thyme, rosemary and crushed black pepper
  • Some salt
  • 1 tspn paprika
  • 4 tbspns olive oil
  • 2 tbspns chopped onions
  • 4 tbspns chopped capsicum
  • 1 tbspn chopped zucchini
  • 250 gms beef mince

BECHAMEL SAUCE:

  • 1 ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 scoop of butter
  • 1 tbspn plain flour
  • Some salt and pepper

FOR LASAGNE

  • 10 lasagne sheets
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Tomato Slices

Procedure:

-Heat oil and add mincemeat. Stir fry for 15 minutes on low heat.

-Meanwhile in a  sauce add diced tomatoes and all other ingredients and let it cook on low heat for 10 minutes or until its like a chunky tomato sauce.

-Add the sauce in fried mincemeat and mix. Remove from heat.

-Boil milk and Heat some butter in a saucepan. Add flour and mix well. Now add boiling hot milk with constant whisking. Stir until it become thick. Remove from heat.

-Boil lasagne sheets and drain access water.

-Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

-In a Pyrex baking tray scoop some béchamel sauce on its base and spread.

-Now spread a layer of boiled lasagne pasta and then some béchamel and mincemeat sauce. Sprinkle some parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese and then cover it with the other boiled pasta and repeat the process again until the ingredients are finished.

-At the end top it with some cheese and tomatoes and bake on 180 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes.

-Serve.

Outcome:

Tasty and easy beef lasagne is ready to serve.

Ayesha's Kitchen

Tips:

-Add boiling hot milk in butter and flour when making béchamel sauce.

-Boil lasagne sheets 2 at a time so that they don’t stick to each other.

Servings:

This will serve 3 – 4 persons easily.

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Easy Mincemeat Pasta

The easiest way to cook tasty and juicy, aromatic pasta …

Ingredients:

  • ½ kg beef/ chicken/ lamb mincemeat
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 1 spring onion chopped
  • 1 white onion chopped
  • ½ bell pepper chopped
  • 2 cups traditional tomato pasta sauce
  • 1 pkt. Macaroni or spirals boiled
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • Some salt and pepper
  • 4 tbspns olive oil
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese (grated)
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese (grated)

Procedure:

-Boil pasta according to the instruction given of the backside of the packet.

-In a skillet, heat oil and stir fry garlic. After sometime add mincemeat and let it cook on low heat for 15 minutes. Add salt, pepper and all other ingredients.

-Cook well for 10 minutes.

-Stir in boiled pasta.

-Grease a pyrex tray and place all the mixture in it.

-Top it with some grated parmesan and mozzarella cheese and bake in a preheated oven (200 degrees Celsius) for 10 – 20 minutes or until he cheese melts and turns into golden red.

-Take it out from oven and serve.

Outcome:

Tasty and tangy mincemeat pasta is ready to serve.

Ayesha's Kitchen

Tips:

-Use fresh vegetables and chop them well.

Servings:

This will serve 4 persons easily.

Rigate Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese is a Bolognese sauce based dish, which is very tangy and very tasty, its easy-to-make, do try this and let me know your remarks …

Ingredients:

  • 1 jar or 575g Bolognese sauce
  • ½ kg beef mince
  • 1 pkt hollow pasta noodles or any pasta of your choice (rigate)
  • ½ capsicum chopped
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 1 tbspn soy sauce
  • ½ tspn black pepper
  • 4 tspns dry parmesan
  • 4 tbspns olive oil
  • 4 sprigs of coriander chopped

Procedure:

-Heat olive oil in a wok and stir Fry beef mince in it. After 5 – 10 minutes add Bolognese sauce and mix. Now add chopped onion and capsicum along with all the other ingredients.

-Boil pasta as prescribed on the back side of its packet. Drain thoroughly.

-Now in a serving plate place some boiled pasta and then scoop some Bolognese mixture on it, top with some coriander leaves and serve hot with some dry parmesan.

Outcome:

Tasty and easy Spaghetti Bolognese is ready to be served.

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha's Kitchen

Tips:

-See noodles/ spaghettis tips of tips page.

-See Bolognese sauce recipe by clicking it in ingredients’ list.

Servings:

This will serve 4 persons easily.

Old Fashioned Corn Pizza

This is a very retro style pizza. Now the pizzas are very innovative and customised but this was the 1st generation of pizzas, have alook and enjoy the lovely bits …

Ingredients:

  • 1 thin crust pizza base / Dough maker’s* Pizza base
  • 4 tbspns pizza sauce
  • ½ tspn garlic paste
  • 2 tbspns olive oil
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 button mushrooms chopped
  • 4 tbspns corn
  • A pinch of dried rosemary*
  • 1 pinch of dried oregano*

Procedure:

-Prepare a pizza base and apply some olive oil, garlic paste and pizza sauce. Now sprinkle some cheddar cheese and then some mozzarella cheese.

-Place some chopped muhrooms and Fresh maize or corn and top it withsome herbs, like oregano and rosemary.

-Bake in a preheated oven For 20 minutes on 190 degrees Celsius.

-When it is golden red, take it out and serve hot.

Outcome:

Tasty old Fashioned mushroom and corn pizza is ready to be served.

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha's Kitchen

Tips:

-Serve it in retro style, in some old Fashioned crockery and cutlery and some old Fashioned presentation styles.

-Thickness of dough totally depends on your desire, i prefer thin crust and it is ready in 20 minutes, if you are making thick crust of puffy crust or stuffed crust then refer to “Tips” page.

Servings:

This will serve 2 persons easily.

 

*Refer to Glossary