Cheesy Pinoy Lasagna. This is my version of a cheesy Pinoy lasagna which is made up a meat sauce similar to the Pinoy spaghetti. The white sauce is made up of generous amount of cheddar cheese that most of us love. The lasagna thickness defends with the dishpan to be used. You may use a couple of smaller dish and adjust accordingly on the amount of layer ingredient. Here is the recipe of my Pinoy version of lasagna.
1/2 kilo lasagna pasta, cooked as per package instructions
1 kilo ground lean beef
6 to 8 pieces hotdog, finely diced
1 large size bell pepper, finely diced
1 big can mushroom, finely diced
1 stalk celery, finely diced
1 small size carrot, finely diced
1 medium size onion, finely diced
1/2 head garlic, finely chopped
4 250g/packet tomato sauce
1 tsp. sugar
salt and pepper
1 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
3 cups evaporated milk
3 180g/blocks cheddar cheese, grated
1 180g/block cheddar cheese, grated
To cook the meat sauce, in a big saucepan sauté garlic and onion until fragrant, add in the ground meat and stir cook for 5 to 8 minutes. Add in the tomato sauce and hotdog, continue to stir cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Add all the vegetables and sugar, stir cook for another 6 to 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. When done remove from heat and keep aside.
To cook the white sauce, in a medium size sauce pan heat and melt the butter in low to moderate heat. Stir in the cornstarch until fully blended. Stir in the milk and continue to cook stirring occasionally until almost boiling. Now stir in the cheese and cook stirring occasionally until melted and fully blended. When done keep warm, keep aside.
To bake the pasta, coat a rectangular pyrex dish with butter. Arrange the pasta sheets at the bottom. Add in a layer of meat sauce over the pasta sheets. Then pour in a layer of the white sauce. Now arrange the second layer of pasta, meat sauce and white sauce until a total of 4 layers is formed. Top with grated cheddar cheese. Bake at 350°F to 375°F for 30 to 45 minutes until golden brown. Let cool down for about 5 minutes before serving.