16lasagna noodles** (also referred to as strips oven ready), more or less
*If you prefer you can use a good store bought bechamel of choice.
** If you prefer you can use the lasagna noodles that need to be boiled.
FOR THE MEAT SAUCE
In a large pot add the olive oil, ground beef, chopped carrots, celery, onion, garlic and salt, sauté for approximately 10 minutes or until meat has started to brown, then add the tomato pure, water and spices, cook on medium heat until thickened (quite thick), approximately 30-60 minutes.
FOR THE WHITE SAUCE
In a medium pot over medium heat melt the butter, add the flour and salt, whisk to combine well, add the milk slowly and stir constantly until the sauce has thickened (taste for salt). Remove from heat. (or you can purchase a good store bought white sauce).
Pre-heat oven to 350° (180° celsius)
PUTTING IT TOGETHER
In a baking dish measuring 10x10x2 (25x25x5 cm) spread 2-3 spoonfuls of meat sauce on the bottom of the pan, add a layer of lasagna noodles, then continue to layer in the following order, the meat sauce, white sauce, chopped mozzarella and parmesan cheese, continue making 3-4 layers, the last layer should be without the white sauce, so remember to divide the ingredients by 3 or 4, depending on how many layers you wish to make.
Bake for approximate 20-30 minutes, or until cooked through. Let sit 5-10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
If you prefer you can simmer the sauce for 1-2 hours on low heat.