Slow-cooked beef lasagne

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Serves 6
2 tbsp olive oil
600g beef sirloin, diced
1 onion, finely diced
1 large carrot, finely chopped
1 celery stick, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves
100g smoked pancetta, diced
200ml red wine
400g tin chopped tomatoes
4 tbsp tomato purée
300ml beef stock
2 rosemary sprigs
2 tsp light brown sugar
500g dried lasagne sheets
100g Parmesan, grated
125g mozzarella, grated

For the white sauce
100g butter
100g plain flour
1L whole milk
50g Parmesan, grated
100g cheddar cheese, grated
Pinch of nutmeg
Salt and black pepper, to season
  1. Heat half the oil in a large pan or dish with a lid over a medium-high heat, and fry the meat for five minutes until browned. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  2. Add the remaining oil to the pan and tip in the veg and pancetta. Cook for 10 minutes until the onion has softened. Turn up the heat and cook for three more mins or until the pancetta begins to brown. Add the beef back to the pan. Pour in the wine and bring to the boil, cooking until the liquid has reduced by half.
  3. Add in the tomatoes, purée, stock, herbs and sugar. Lower the heat and season to taste. Place a lid on the pan and cook over a low heat on a gentle simmer for 2-21⁄2 hrs until the meat is tender.
  4. Once cooked, shred the meat into smaller chunks with two forks and stir everything together. Season to taste.
  5. Heat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas mark 6. To make the white sauce, heat the butter in a saucepan until foaming. Stir through the flour and cook for two minutes. Gradually whisk in the milk until smooth. Return to the heat and simmer for five minutes until thickened, whisking continuously. Stir through the cheese, nutmeg and season.
  6. Pour a thin layer of meat sauce into a 25 x 30cm sized oven-proof dish, followed by a layer of lasagne sheets, then a layer of the meat sauce, followed by a drizzle of the white sauce. Repeat until all the pasta and meat sauce have been used, then finish with a layer of pasta sheets topped with a thick layer of white sauce. Sprinkle over the parmesan and mozzarella.
  7. Bake for 60 minutes until golden and bubbling. Check halfway through cooking – if it is already browned, cover with foil.

Per serving 954kcals, 50.01g fat (25.7g saturated), 74.4g carbs (8g sugars), 47.6g protein, 6.1g fibre, 0.674g sodium