Ingredients for the meat
500g Minced meat (preferably beef)
3 Medium tomatoes
1 Large onion
Garlic (use as much as you like)
1 Large spoon of tomato paste
1 Small spoon of dried basil (or thyme)
Red pepper flakes (optional)
Hot sauce (optional)
A little water (or a small glass of red wine if you like)
1 Tablespoon of Olive oil
For the sauce
1 packet béchamel sauce (or to make your own 1 spoon of flour, knob of butter, milk)
1 teaspoon of Basil
Grated cheese for decoration
Dried flat pasta sheets
Chop and fry the onion and garlic in the olive oil until golden. Add mice meat and fry until browned. Chop tomatoes and add along with the tomato paste. Add salt, black pepper, red pepper and hot sauce. Add a little water or wine (but not too much). Cook on a low heat for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
In a saucepan put the béchamel sauce and add 750ml cold milk.
(If making your own then heat butter and add flour then slowly add milk while continuously stirring.)
When the sauce has thickened remove from heat and add grated cheese and basil. Salt and black pepper as required.
Prep and cooking
Pre-heat oven to 180c.
In an ovenproof dish (preferably square) put a thin layer of meat so it covers the bottom of the dish.
Next put a layer of dried flat pasta (DO NOT BOIL FIRST). (If dish is not square break pieces to cover meat)
Pour (or spoon over) the cheese sauce to cover the pasta. (You can be generous)
Next another layer of flat pasta then a layer of meat then another layer of pasta then cheese sauce. This should now fill the dish. Sprinkle grated cheese on the top and cook in the oven at 180c for about 40-45 minutes.
If you would like to make garlic bread as well the you will need:
Softened butter, garlic, black pepper and basil or thyme. And a loaf of bread (unsliced).
Cut slices into the bread but not all the way so it remains as one piece.
In a bowl mix the softened butter with crushed garlic and the spices.
With a spoon or flat knife put butter into the bread covering both sides (be generous)
When all butter is used wrap the whole loaf in aluminium foil. Place in the oven 10-12 minutes before serving.
Serve with a nice green salad, big lettuce leaves, cucumber, spring onions and cherry tomatoes.