Meat-za

  • Preparation Time30 mins
  • Cooking Time85 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyMedium

For the marinara sauce

10ml olive oil
1 onion
2 to 4 cloves garlic
800g tinned fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1.15kg tinned chopped tomatoes
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
Crushed chilli flakes, to taste
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Handfull fresh basil, torn

For the meat-za

450g minced Italian sausage
450g andouille sausage
Marinara sauce, recipe follows
450g lasagne noodles (type not requiring pre-cooking)
16 slices Provolone cheese
300g ricotta cheese
50 slices pepperoni
100g grated mozzarella cheese
Marinara sauce:
1) Pour the olive oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat. Dice the onion and saute until softened. Add the garlic and saute about 2 minutes. Add both cans of tomatoes and simmer for about 5 to 7 minutes.

2) Stir in oregano, thyme, red pepper, salt and chilli flakes, to taste. Heat through, then reduce the heat and stir in the fresh basil. Reserve the sauce until required.

For the meat-za:
1) In a large frying pan, brown the Italian sausage. Drain and set aside. Cut the andouille sausage into bite size pieces, heat through and brown in the same pan. Remove from the pan and mix with the Italian sausage.

2) Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Take about 250ml of the marinara sauce and cover the bottom of a 23cm by 33cm lasagne dish. Arrange sheets of lasagna to cover the bottom of the dish.

3) On top of the noodles place about 8 slices of the provolone cheese in 1 layer. Spread 1/2 of the ricotta cheese on top of the provolone. Spread 1/2 of the sausage mixture on top of the cheese. Spread out 1/2 of the slices of pepperoni on top of the sausage.

4) Spread 1/2 the remaining sauce on top. Repeat the layers: noodles, provolone, ricotta, sausage, pepperoni, sauce. Finish off the top with the shredded mozzerella cheese.

5) Cover the dish with foil and bake in the oven about 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 15 minutes until golden brown and bubbly. Leave to stand for 15 minutes then serve.

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