Filipino Lasagna

Filipino Lasagna Ingredients
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 kilo Lasagna

Meat Sauce:
1 can crushed tomatoes (28 oz)
1/2 kilo Lean Ground Beef
1 can tomato sauce (16 oz)
1 can tomato paste (6 oz)
1/2 cup chopped onions
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoon Canola cooking oil
1/2 cup Water
2 tablespoon white sugar
3 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
3 tablespoon fresh Basil leaves, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
spiced ham sliced into small cubes
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

White Sauce:
1/3 cup All purpose Flour
1/2 stick chopped Butter
4 1/2 cups fresh milk
75g finely grated Parmesan cheese
a pinch of ground nutmeg (optional)
1/4 teaspoon salt

How to make Meat Sauce:
1] Soak the Lasagna in water for 18 minutes.
2] To make the meat sauce, heat up frying pan then add the cooking oil.
3] Sauté the garlic and onions
4] Add the ground beef and cook until color turns brown, about 10 minutes.
5] pour the tomato sauce, crushed tomato and tomato paste then mix well with the meat.
6] add the fresh parsley, fresh basil leaves, sugar, and salt.
7] Stir and simmer for 60 minutes.
8] Add the ground black pepper and then set aside.

How to make White Sauce:
1] Melt the butter using a saucepan in a medium heat until it foams.
2] Add the flour, constantly stirring until bubbling for about 2 minutes then turn off the heat.
3] Slowly pour the milk while constantly whisking until the mixture is smooth.
4] Turn on the heat again then cook the mixture, using a wooden spoon keep on stirring for about 12 minutes or until the white sauce is thick and coats the back side of your wooden spoon.
5] Remove from heat.
6] Sprinkle the sauce with parmesan cheese, nutmeg and salt then set aside.

Filipino Lasagna Instructions
1] Spread the White sauce into the bottom of a 13 by 9-inch Pyrex baking dish, .
2] Arrange the pasta sheets side by side, covering the bottom of the baking dish.
3] Add in a layer of meat sauce over the pasta sheets, sprinkle spiced ham.
4] Then pour in a layer of the white sauce.
5] Arrange the second layer of pasta, meat sauce and white sauce until a total of 4 layers is formed.
6] Top with remaining White sauce and Parmesan Cheese.
7] Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.
8] Place lasagna dish on top, cover and put on the middle rack of the oven and Bake at 350°F to 375°F until top is bubbling, about 30 minutes.
9] Remove cover and continue to bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
10] Let it cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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