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Courgette (Zucchini) and Aubergine (Eggplant) Lasagne

ingredients

serves 4
1 kg (2 lb) aubergines (eggplant)
4 tbsp salt
8 tbsp olive oil
30 g (1 oz) 2 tbsp garlic and herb butter or margarine
500 g (1 lb) courgettes (zucchini), sliced
250 g (8 oz) 2 cups grated Mozzarella
600 ml (1 pint) 2 1/2 cups passata (sieved tomatoes)
6 sheets pre-cooked green lasagne
600 ml (1 pint) 2 1/2 cups Bechamel Sauce (see below)
60 g (2 oz) 1/2 cup Parmesan, grated
1 tsp dried oregano
black pepper

method

1. Thinly slice the aubergines (eggplant). Layer the slices in a bowl, sprinkling with the salt as you go. Set aside for 30 minutes. Rinse well in cold water and pat dry with paper towels.

2. Heat 4 tablespoons of the oil in a large frying pan (skillet) until very hot and gently fry half the aubergine (eggplant) slices for 6-7 minutes until lightly golden all over. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with the remaining aubergine slices and oil.

3. Melt the garlic and herb butter or margarine in the frying pan (skillet) and fry the courgettes (zucchini) for 5-6 minutes until golden. Drain on paper towels.

4. Place half the aubergine (eggplant) and courgette (zucchini) slices in a large ovenproof dish. Season with pepper and sprinkle over half the Mozzarella. Spoon over half the passata and top with three sheets of lasagne.

5. Arrange the remaining aubergine (eggplant) and courgette (zucchini) slices on top. Season with pepper and top
with the remaining Mozzarella and passata and another layer of lasagne.

6. Spoon over the bechamel sauce and top with Parmesan and oregano. Put on a baking sheet (cookie sheet) and bake in a preheated oven, 220°C/425°F/Gas Mark 7, for 30-35 minutes until golden.

bechamel sauce

300 ml (1/2 pint)1 1/4 cups milk
2 bay leaves
3 cloves
1 small onion
60 g (2 oz) 1/4 cup butter, plus extra for greasing
45 g (1 1/2 oz) 6 tbsp flour
300 ml (1/2 pint) 1 1/4 cups single (light) cream
large pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
salt and pepper

1. Pour the milk into a small pan and add the bay leaves. Press the cloves into the onion, add to the pan and bring the milk to the boil. Remove from the heat and set it aside to cool.

2. Strain the milk into a jug and rinse the pan. Melt the butter in the pan and stir in the flour. Stir for 1 minute, then gradually pour on the milk, stirring constantly.

3. Cook the sauce for 3 minutes, then pour on the cream and bring it to the boil Remove from the heat and season to taste with nutmeg, salt and pepper.

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