Lasagne lamb roll-ups
( SERVES 4 )
Lasagne is wide and flat, is possibly one of the original pastas and is traditionally credited to the city of Naples. Available fresh in sheets, it also comes dried in short and long lengths, straight or curly, wide or extra wide. The word ‘lasagne’ also refers to a dish made with several layers of lasagne sheets alternated with sauces and assorted ingredients. And this I love because, although time-consuming to concoct, it’s a wonderful prepare-ahead dish for the freezer. The roll-ups should fit neatly into the baking dish so they support each other.
- Stir-fry the lamb in 2 teaspoons of the oil in a large frying pan, until coloured, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic, basil and oregano. Season.
- Meanwhile, bring a large frying pan of water to the boil. Add the remaining oil. Cook the lasagne in batches, until tender. Drain, then rinse in cold water. Drain well.
- Squeeze the spinach to remove excess moisture. Combine with the cheese, minced lamb and a ¼ cup of the pasta sauce.
- Preheat the oven to 180C. Lightly oil an 18cm-20cm round baking dish or similar.
- Spread about ½ a cup of the meat mixture along each length of lasagne. Roll up and stand in a circle in the baking dish, ends towards the centre to prevent unrolling. Pour the remaining pasta sauce over the top. Cover and bake for about 30 minutes.