Recipe for cheesy Tuna Lasagne

Ingredients

Pasta:
1 packet riffled lasagne sheets
(we used 12 of the sheets for our dish to make 3 layers of pasta)

Tuna Sauce:
2 x 170 g tins solid meat tuna in oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 T (15 ml) lemon juice
1 x Ina Paarman’s Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce
Ina Paarman’s Lemon & Back Pepper Seasoning
4 T (60 ml) Ina Paarman’s Tomato Pesto
1 t (5 ml) sugar

Cheese sauce:
4 T (60 ml) Ina Paarman’s White Sauce Powder
4 T (60 ml) cold water
2 1/2 cups (625 ml) milk
2 T (30 ml) butter
1/2 cup (125 ml) grated pecorino cheese

To assemble:
1 x 250 g smooth cottage cheese
1/4 cup (60 ml) grated cheddar or pecorino cheese
1/4 cup (60 ml) fresh breadcrumbs
2 T (30 ml) melted butter or olive oil

How to
Soak the lasagne sheets, in batches, for 2-3 minutes in hot tap water. This improves the tenderness of the pasta and reduces the baking time. Spread sheets out on baking paper.

Drain the oil from the tuna into a frying pan (the oil is full of flavour!) and sauté ´he onion in this until soft and beginning to brown. Add the tuna, Pasta Sauce, lemon juice and sugar. Season to taste and stir in Tomato Pesto. Keep on one side.

Mix the White Sauce Powder with the cold water.

Bring the milk nearly to the boil, add the white sauce slurry – stir until thickened. Add butter and 1/2 cup of grated cheese.

To assemble:
Use a 30 x 24cm size ovenproof dish and butter it lightly. Set the oven rack in the middle position.

Preheat the oven to 180 C.

Spread 1/4 of the tuna sauce into the dish. Layer with pasta sheets. Add another 1/4 of tuna sauce. Dot teaspoonfuls of cottage cheese here and there (use 1/3). Spread 1/3 of the cheese sauce over. Repeat layering twice more and end with a layer of cheese sauce. Mix the 1/4 cup of grated cheese with the breadcrumbs and butter or oil. Sprinkle over the top.

Bake for +- 45 minutes. Serve with a tossed salad dressed with either our Greek Vinaigrette or French Vinaigrette.

By: Ina Paarman

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