I have a serious craving for bolognese style sauce based on soy at the moment. Don't ask me why (I am not pregnant again, at least I hope...). So instead of serving for the x-th time this month Spaghetti Bolognese with granulated soy, I made a Lasagne. In case you are a non-vegetarian and are wondering what it is I use instead of the minced meat (as I have been asked many times) I use this.
It is a good bit more work, than the normal pasta version. So I had to pick a night where the wee man was in a good mood giving his Mommy a chance for some cooking. I normally have him happily hopping in his bouncer...making himself tired so it will be even easier to get him to sleep, before we eat...a win-win situation for all of us. Unfortunately, this doesn't work every night.
I started with the soy: I soaked
1 cup of granulated soy in
1/2 cups of Veg stock (boiling hot) and
1 chopped onion (red looks nicer, but an ordinary one will do)
1 bay leaf
1 tblsp. of dried oregano (never overdo oregano, you can get a bitter taste)
1 heaped tblsp. of basil (there just can never be enough...)
freshly ground black pepper and
a hint of cayenne pepper
I mixed it all well and left it soaking (covered) for 20 min
In the meantime for my white sauce I melted
roughly 80 gr of butter, added
1 bay leaf
freshly ground black pepper
(if unsalted butter, a little bit of salt)
stirred in roughly 80gr of flour (for best results sieved as there wont be any lumps in your white sauce later. Also stir well, do not let it get brown, just light golden)
then I poured in
2 cups of milk
let it come to boil while constantly whisking and then I took it of the heat. (But you still have to stir the sauce until it has cooled down just enough not to get that skin on top.)
Now I fried my Soy-mix in a pan with
a little olive oil, and added
1 can of unchopped peeled tomatoes and mashed them in the sauce pan (I use a potato masher) added
a knob of butter
left it boiling for a couple of minutes and then left it on side.
Now I got an oven proof casserole for the Lasagne and greased it.
(you will now need about
half a pack of Lasagne Pasta)
First layer is a little white Sauce then pasta, and on top of that a layer of bolognese sauce. Then starting off with the white sauce and kept going until I had used up my supplies. (Last layer should be white sauce). Then topped the whole lot with
grated cheese and
a little of basil
Now I just left it in a preheated oven at 200°C/390°F for 30 minutes with a lid, and in end for another 10 minutes without a lid for the cheese to get a little crusty.
I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!