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For me Lasagna is one of the ultimate comfort foods, It can be incredibly time consuming to make but it’s so worth it, especially if you make enough for leftovers.
To make this Lasagna you will need:
1.5 packets of dried lasagne sheets
50g mushrooms, finely chopped
splash of oil
1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
1 stick of celery, finely chopped
1 clove of garlic, crushed
salt and freshly ground black pepper
700g good-quality beef mince
1 wine glass of red wine
2 tablespoons tomato purée
1 x 400g tin good-quality chopped tomatoes
1 beef stock cube
pinch of Italian herbs
1 x quantity of white sauce
50g freshly grated Parmesan cheese
50g grated coloured cheese
Preheat the oven to 180 ̊C
Heat a large pan over a medium heat, add a splash of oil and cook the onion, carrot and celery and leave to sweat with the lid on for 10 minutes, until soft. Add the garlic and mushrooms to the pan and stir for 1 minute, season with salt and pepper.
Add the minced beef to the pan and cook until browned all over. Pour in the wine and keep stirring until the liquid starts to reduce.
Stir in the tomato purée and chopped tomatoes and add 200ml of boiling water. Crumble in the stock cube. Leave the sauce to simmer with the lid on for 15 – 20 minutes. Remove the lid and continue to simmer for a further 15-20 minutes.
Assemble the lasagne by covering the bottom of an ovenproof dish with a thin layer of meat sauce, follow this with a layer of pasta. Top with a layer of white sauce and then a layer of meat sauce. Continue in this order until you have 4 or 5 layers of pasta and finish with the white sauce.
Sprinkle the white sauce with the Parmesan and coloured cheese and cook in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes until golden brown and bubbling.
Serve with extra parmesan and a fresh salad.
Gusto Ricco is a bit of a tardis, it’s tiny from the outside but there is seating for many people inside although some of the tables are very close together. There is a very rustic feel to the cafe making it feel very authentic, the decor is very traditional with lots of wood. We climbed the stairs upstairs which would be a struggle for some people as they are quite tight and found a lovely little table for two in the corner.
After browsing the menu I decided that I was slightly hungrier than I had anticipated and chose to have the Lasagna, on first glance I thought that the small brown bowl wouldn’t even fill a small gap but boy was I wrong! The Lasagna was filled with meat and sauce and was so delicious I can still taste the flavours. The pesto oil on top just added to the flavour and the chunk of bread on the side was fabulous for mopping up the juices left in the bowl.
Mr Gourmand had polished off a huge breakfast a couple of hours earlier so Pizza Bruschetta was all he could manage however it was a much bigger portion than he expected. Layered with pepperoni, tomato and cheese and served with a simple salad and crisps it was definitely not a light lunch.
Mr Gourmand was in a coffee kind of mood and being an Italian cafe the coffee was very good, just as expected and came with an amaretto biscuit which I was quick to steal as they are my favourite kind of biscuit. I had a bog standard Coca Cola which to my delight was served in a glass bottle – why does it always taste better out of a bottle? We will definitely be visiting this gem of a place again, there is no room for prams or pushchairs so Arthur will have to be worn in a carrier should we visit with him.
Gusto Ricco Cafe can be found at 65 Regent St, Town Centre, Leamington Spa CV32 5DX.