When planning the meals for a weekend at boat I try to include in the menu something elaborated and nice, whenever time allows. All familly's favourite is homemade lasagne. Since the oven in our boat is not the best and overall space there is limited, I always prepare this dish at home on the day prior to departure. It makes an easy meal then, as it only needs warming up. What is more, it tastes better on the next day :)
As said above, it is rather elaborated dish and preparing it takes some 2 hours. Usually we have it in meat version, but you can set your fantasy free and pick almost anyting for the filling. This time I used the following:
Lasagna pasta (homemade or ready)
500 g minced meat
about 200g of ricotta cheese
about 200g of Grana Padano cheese (can be replaced by parmiggiano or pecorino)
2 tbs olive oil
1 clove of garlic
1,5 l canned chopped tomatos ( can be replaced by loads of fresh ones, of course)
Normally I start with the sauce and meat. In one large pan put the olive oil and garlic, add the chopped tomatoes, diluted with water. Let it boil for some 30 mins, making sure it remains rather liquid (adding more water whenever it getts thick is necessary) and stirring frequently. Add salt according to taste. Add some basilico leaves when ready, but still boiling hot.
In a frying pan put some oil, add chopped carrots and onion and let them soften. Add minced meat and fry untill ready. Add spices and salt and some 3 spoons of the boiled tomato sauce. It will make the meat juicier.
Once ready, leave minced meat aside. In the same pan put the aubergines and fry till soft. At the end add a couple of spoons of the tomato sauce. Add salt/ pepper according to taste.
In a deep flat dish start making layers:
some sauce at the bottom, a layer of pasta, than meat, aubegines, some ricotta cheese and some grana padano, cover all by the sauce. Repeat untill run out of ingredients.
Hint: make sure you cover all layers very well with the tomao sauce, otherwise lasagne will be dry. And don't worry if the sauce seems too liquid, it will get thicker in the oven.
Normally on top I put more grana padano cheese and lots of basilico leaves, as you can see above.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Bake for some 50 mins.
Hint: Served best after a couple of hours (or even the day after), to let the ingredients and flavours settle.