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Layering Lasagne - quick help!

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whethertheweather Fri 09-Feb-18 14:37:51

I'm currently cooking lasagne for tomorrow.

In the past I have always layered in order from the bottom:

1)meat
2)pasta
3) bechamel
4) meat
5) pata
6) bechamel

With parmesan etc sprinkled on the white layer in between

But I looked in a couple of cook books and they do the white sauce as the bottom layer, then pasta then meat. Am I missing a trick? Do you put bechamel on top of the meat for the top layer?

whatareyoueatingNOW Fri 09-Feb-18 14:38:57

In my opinion you are right

Meat
Pasta
Bechemel

MammyHester9116 Fri 09-Feb-18 14:40:20

I do meat, pasta, cheese sauce, meat, pasta, cheese sauce! ­čśÇ

AlpacaLypse Fri 09-Feb-18 14:40:29

I don't think it matters whether you have white sauce or meat as the bottom layer, but the top needs to be pasta then white sauce then sprinkling of cheese otherwise it turns into a mess!

aneres Fri 09-Feb-18 14:40:51

I do the same as you.

Doje Fri 09-Feb-18 14:41:25

I never put bechamel on the bottom. Meat, pasta, bechamel. If I don't have lots of milk, I often don't put bechamel in the lasagne, I just use it as a top layer.

NathanTheProphet Fri 09-Feb-18 14:42:27

Meat, pasta, cheese sauce.

AstridWhite Fri 09-Feb-18 14:42:43

I do the same as you but I really don't think it matters as long as there is sufficient wet stuff between the pasta layersvand the top needs to be b├ęchamel then cheese.

AlpacaLypse Fri 09-Feb-18 14:43:25

I put in a layer of spinach too, usually mixed with ricotta. But I learned to cook as a vegetarian student and only started cooking with meat after the great bacon buttie revelation when I was 24 and very hung over...

TheSpottedZebra Fri 09-Feb-18 14:45:09

I put in the thinnest smear of bechamel and then a pasta layer first. Then it doesn't slop about on the plate.

gryffen Fri 09-Feb-18 14:46:29

Meat pasta then sauce (small amount)
Repeat and top layer of sauce has the most and then add cheese and Tabasco.
Now wanting lasagnas!!!

myrtleWilson Fri 09-Feb-18 14:47:16

ah - I do bechamel on the bottom, then pasta so the bottom pasta layer has some "glue" to stick to (and not wasting a meat/main dollop of sauce) So I go

bechamel, pasta, tomato sauce mix, spinach (bit more b├ęchamel if I've got too much - but not always) pasta, tomato mix, spinach, pasta, b├ęchamel -tonne of cheese

AdaColeman Fri 09-Feb-18 14:53:22

I butter the dish, then have pasta as the bottom layer followed by meat etc etc.
I find this makes for a very neat serving, and also makes a solid slice if leftovers are to be frozen, (not that there often are leftovers!)

whethertheweather Fri 09-Feb-18 14:55:42

Thanks for such a quick response.

Glue is good - my lasagne is never a neat slice! I'm hoping that making today for tomorrow might help in some way.

FridayThirteenth Fri 09-Feb-18 14:58:52

Yep, another who does pasta as the bottom layer, I find it much easier to serve

AndNoneForGretchenWieners Fri 09-Feb-18 15:04:28

Cheese sauce
Meat
Pasta
Cheese sauce
Meat
Pasta
Cheese sauce
Grated cheese or torn mozzarella
Sliced tomatoes
More grated cheese
Salt and pepper

CannotEvenThink Fri 09-Feb-18 15:05:52

I do pasta at the bottom too, gets any extra layer in.

MerryMarigold Fri 09-Feb-18 15:06:48

It's such a faff to do lasagne, but last time I made it I did 3 layers of pasta with v thin layers of sauce and meat between the layers. I put the bechamel (containing some parmesan) on top of each pasta layer. Final layer is just bechamel. I'm going to do a pasta layer at the bottom next time and maybe 4 layers of pasta. Dh aunt is Italian and she always has lots of v thin layers in her pasta so looks more like puff pastry than ready-meal lasagne plus the layers are less bright red as the bechamel mixes with the meat sauce.

afreshnewname Fri 09-Feb-18 15:06:51

Leave it 10-15 mins after getting out of the oven and it will 'firm up' so you can do neat portions

Oblomov18 Fri 09-Feb-18 15:08:24

Actually I do differently. I wonder why.
I put a tiny bit of meat on the bottom. Then: pasta, meat, white sauce.

So my white sauce goes on top of the meat. Then another layer of pasta.

I wonder why I do it differently to you all? hmm

GrouchyKiwi Fri 09-Feb-18 15:33:40

I do:

pasta
meat
cheese sauce (none of this bechamel nonsense; more cheese always)
pasta
meat
cheese
pasta
cheese
parmesan

GrouchyKiwi Fri 09-Feb-18 15:35:08

Those two solo "cheese"s should be cheese sauce. Fingers got lazy.

Merrz Fri 09-Feb-18 15:41:50

Wow never knew there were so many variations on Lasagne!!

cheese sauce (just enough to cover the bottom of the dish)
pasta
meat
pasta
meat
pasta
cheese sauce
chedder cheese

Yes 2nd day lasagne is always better

MrsJayy Fri 09-Feb-18 15:44:50

I put a smear of sauce then pasta on the bottom layer it slops on my plate other wise

OutyMcOutface Fri 09-Feb-18 15:48:23

Meat, Pasta, Meat, Ham, Meat, Bechemele, Pasta, meat, ham, meat, bechenemme etc.

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