Heinz Big Red Broccoli, Ricotta, and Beef Mince Lasagne

October 11, 2012 at 6:55 am

sofiah1

A delicious HEINZ recipe for your family to enjoy.

INGREDIENTS

  • 500g broccoli florets (I used frozen, but you can use fresh as well)
  • 1 tblsp olve oil
  • 2 brown onions, finely chopped
  • 1 large red capsicum, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 500g beef mince (I always use lean mince)
  • 1 tblsp Italian herbs
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 820g HEINZ BIG RED Condensed tomato soup
  • 800g fresh ricotta (you can find this in the deli section of your supermarket)
  • 1/3 cup basil pesto
  • 1 1/2 cups grated parmesan (don’t use an alternative as this creates the best flavour)
  • 8 sheets fresh lasagne (375g packet) fresh lasagne

METHOD

1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees celsius.

2. Place broccoli in a heatproof, microwave safe bowl and add 1 tblsp water if using fresh broccoli. Cover. Microwave on High (100%) for 3 – 4 minutes or until tender. Drain. Blend or process until smooth. Set aside.

3. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until softened. Add capsicum, celery, carrot and garlic. Cook stirring for 5 minutes or until vegetables have softened. Add mince. Cook stirring with a wooden spoon to break up any lumps, for 8 – 10 minutes or until browned. Season. Stir in herbs, stock and soup. Bring to a simmer, uncovered fir 30 minutes or until sauce thickens. Remove from heat.

4. Combine ricotta, pesto, 3/4 cup parmesan and broccoli in a large bowl. (I use my hands to make sure it all blends well).

5. Spread a thin layer of mince mixture over the base of a 12 cup capacity baking dish. Layer 2 sheets lasagne over mince, trimming to fit. Top with 1/3 remaining mince mixture and 1/3 remaining parmesan. Layer with another 2 sheets lasagne, then spread with half the ricotta mixture. Repeat layering, finishing with mince and parmesan.

5. Bake for 45 minutes or until cheese is melted.

6. Stand for 10- 20 minutes. Serve.