Or rather, I am always paranoid about ALEX not eating enough vegetables!
I know he gets them at school. In fact he gets better meals at school here than I could ever provide him with, but I always worry that he may not be eating enough vegetables there so I try to come up with different ways of getting him to have some at home.
So how to make vegetables interesting.
In the land where ragu and pork are kings, it's not easy to find good vegetable recipes.
So I got my brain in gear and thought of Alex's all time favourite meal: Lasagna.
Tweak the recipe a little bit here, add some pancetta for flavour there, roast some veggies in loads of yummy herbs et voila!!
I was surprised at how delicious it actually was but I have to admit that the pancetta really added a whole new depth to it!!
Hope you try it!
6 whole cloves of garlic
250gs of smoked pancetta or smoked streaky bacon, chopped
1 medium red pepper and 1 medium yellow pepper
1 small aubergine
2 tsps of dried rosemary
2 tsps of dried basil
Salt and pepper to taste
Pre heat the oven on your maximum heat setting.
In a pan, add a generous amount of good extra virgin oilve oil and add 3 cloves of garlic.
Pour some oil into an oven tray and heat it up in the oven until piping hot.
Once hot, removed from the oven and add pancetta and the remaining 3 cloves of garlic.
Roast in the oven until crispy.
In the meantime, pour some tomato passata or crushed tomatoes into your pan (where you have been gently frying the garlic) .
When the pancetta is nice and crispy, layer your vegetables onto the tray and sprinkle your herbs and sesoning over each layer as well as a drizzle of olive oil.
Then stir them all together, including the pancetta.
Roast in the oven for about 30 minutes or until soft.
Add some freshly grated parmesan and check for seasoning. Also remember to remove the cloves of garlic.
Place a a very thin layer of the sauce in your lasagna dish, then layer with the lasagna pasta sheets, a layer of the vegetable sauce, a layer of bechamel sauce (I had some already prepared but you can find the recipe here) and some parmesan cheese.
Repeat until you have filled your Lasagna dish.
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, and, hey presto!!