Lasagna is a type of Italian pasta that has become popular all over the world. First, lasagna is easy to cook. Secondly, this is a very satisfying and nutritious dish. Thirdly, the calorie content of lasagna allows you to include it even in diets, albeit with minor reservations. Now, first things first.
We will need
Lasagna is a puff noodle casserole with sauces: bolognese (meat) and bechamel (creamy). To prepare six servings of this dish, you will need the following set of products:
- dry lasagna sheets (pieces 8-10);
- 500 grams of ground beef;
- five ripe tomatoes (or 400 grams of tomatoes in their own juice);
- one hundred milliliters of dry white wine;
- 150 grams of soft cheese;
- two onions;
- two cloves of garlic;
- basil greens;
- 800 milliliters of milk;
- 100 grams of butter;
- 100 grams of flour;
- nutmeg, salt, ground black pepper.
Getting started cooking
Cooking lasagna is quite simple, but still a bit long. Preparing all the ingredients in a dish takes even more time than directly baking in the oven.
First you need to prepare the Bolognese sauce. To do this, finely chop the onion and fry it in butter for several minutes until it becomes transparent with a golden tint. A minute before the onion is ready, add finely chopped garlic, and then remove all this from the fire.
In another pan, you need to start frying ground beef without oil. Some use it with pork, but this makes the dish even fatter. So, the calorie content of lasagna increases dramatically. When the meat begins to darken, you need to add onion and garlic to it along with the oil on which they were fried. Then mix thoroughly and fry over medium heat until cooked.
When the aroma from minced meat with vegetables fills the whole kitchen, you need to add tomatoes to the meat.
If you use tomatoes in your own juice, then you need to peel them and pass through a blender. If fresh - then they need to be blanched, and then mashed.
After a few minutes, pour the wine into the meat, mix, cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes on low heat. At the end, add finely chopped basil or parsley - which is to your liking.
While the minced meat comes to condition, we will do the bechamel sauce. To do this, in a saucepan you need to melt 80 grams of butter, where to gradually introduce the flour, constantly stirring the mixture. Then gently pour half of the milk (cold) and bring to a homogeneous consistency. Then add the rest of the milk.
At the end, add salt, pepper and nutmeg on the tip of the knife. Boil the sauce is not necessary.
Boil the sheets of lasagna until half cooked and take out of the water. Dry them with paper towels and proceed to lay out the lasagna in the form. We coat the bottom with bechamel sauce, then put the dough, then the filling, again the creamy sauce and again the lasagna leaf. We continue to do this until the ingredients run out. The final layer should be sheets smeared with bechamel. Sprinkle them with grated cheese and send to the oven for 40 minutes, until golden brown. Please note that the lasagna must be served slightly cooled. A hot dish will not be cut into portions.
Memo to those on a diet
To lower the calorie content of lasagna, you can use a little less bechamel.
About the tricks with minced meat mentioned above. Also, sometimes the filling is replaced with a less fatty one - they mix chicken with vegetables and mushrooms, it turns out even tastier. Calorie lasagna with minced poultry is also much less.
Bechamel can also be replaced. For example, mixing low-fat sour cream with kefir and garlic. This will help reduce the calorie content of lasagna.
If there are two or three layers of the dish, then the energy value of one serving will become more modest.
Calorie Lasagna and the energy value of the classic recipe: *
- calories - 200;
- proteins - 10 g;
- fats - 7 g;
- carbohydrates - 17 g;
* Approximate energy value and calorie content of lasagna per 100 grams.