Chicken & Bacon Lasagne

Instructions

  1. For the béchamel sauce put the milk, onion, and cloves into a large saucepan and bring very gently just up to the boil. Turn off the heat and set aside for 1hr to infuse.
  2. For the chicken mince sauce, put the oil, celery, onion, carrot, garlic, and pancetta in another large saucepan. Gently cook together until the veg is soft but not coloured. Stir in the chicken mince breaking it up into small pieces. Stir in all the stock, tomatoes & oregano bringing it to a simmer. Cover and gently cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Uncover and gently simmer for another 30 mins-1 hour. Taste and season as required.
  3. To finish the béchamel sauce, strain the milk through a fine sieve into a jug. Melt the butter in the same pan then, using a spoon, mix in the flour and cook for 2 mins. Stir in the milk gradually to avoid lumps then, bring to a gentle simmer, stirring constantly until thickened. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Spread a spoonful of the chicken mince sauce over the base of a roughly 3.5 litre baking dish. Cover with a single layer of pasta sheets, then top with 1⁄4 of the béchamel. Spoon over 1/3 of the chicken mince sauce and scatter over a little Parmesan. Repeat the layers of pasta, béchamel, chicken mince, and Parmesan twice more.
  5. Add a final layer of pasta, the last of the béchamel and remaining Parmesan then top off with mozzarella. Sit the dish on a baking tray to catch spills and bake at 190°C/170°C / gas 5 for 30 mins, until bubbling, browned and crisp on top.

Total Recipe Time: One Hour +

Total Recipe Time: 90 mins
Cook Time: 60mins

Ingredients:

  • 2 x 400g packs of Manor Farm Chicken Mince
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 celery sticks, finely diced
  • 1 onion & 1 carrot, finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 130g pancetta
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  • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 200ml Chicken stock (boiled water and 1 stock cube)
  • 400g dried pasta sheets
  • 50g Parmesan & 200g Mozzarella
  • Salt and pepper to season

For the Bechamel Sauce 

  • 600ml milk
  • 1 onion & 1 garlic clove, crushed

Roux

  • 100g butter
  • 100g plain flour

Preparation / Cooking Steps:

Instructions

  1. For the béchamel sauce put the milk, onion, and cloves into a large saucepan and bring very gently just up to the boil. Turn off the heat and set aside for 1hr to infuse.
  2. For the chicken mince sauce, put the oil, celery, onion, carrot, garlic, and pancetta in another large saucepan. Gently cook together until the veg is soft but not coloured. Stir in the chicken mince breaking it up into small pieces. Stir in all the stock, tomatoes & oregano bringing it to a simmer. Cover and gently cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Uncover and gently simmer for another 30 mins-1 hour. Taste and season as required.
  3. To finish the béchamel sauce, strain the milk through a fine sieve into a jug. Melt the butter in the same pan then, using a spoon, mix in the flour and cook for 2 mins. Stir in the milk gradually to avoid lumps then, bring to a gentle simmer, stirring constantly until thickened. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Spread a spoonful of the chicken mince sauce over the base of a roughly 3.5 litre baking dish. Cover with a single layer of pasta sheets, then top with 1⁄4 of the béchamel. Spoon over 1/3 of the chicken mince sauce and scatter over a little Parmesan. Repeat the layers of pasta, béchamel, chicken mince, and Parmesan twice more.
  5. Add a final layer of pasta, the last of the béchamel and remaining Parmesan then top off with mozzarella. Sit the dish on a baking tray to catch spills and bake at 190°C/170°C / gas 5 for 30 mins, until bubbling, browned and crisp on top.
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