Mary Berry Vegetarian Lasagne in the Thermomix

Mary Berry Vegetarian Lasagne in the Thermomix

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Mary Berry Vegetarian Lasagne in the Thermomix

How about a hearty, vegetable lasagna this weekend?

Arghhh that means countless hours in the kitchen, half a dozen pans to wash up and a big mess everywhere, doesn’t it? Not with a little help of Momo the Thermomix.

15 minutes active time … and NO washing up apart from the Thermomix bowl (in the dishwasher) and the lasagna dish.

Like the rest of the nation, we love a bit of Mary Berry cakes – I mean how could you not?

But it is not very often I cook some of her other recipes – that is about to change, after making this vegetable lasagne.

As much as we love the traditional, beef lasagna, we are also trying to cut down on our meat intake at the moment so this recipe sounded right up our street!

Click here for the original Mary Berry, non-Thermomix, vegetarian lasagne recipe.


 

Active time: 15 minutes – Total time: 1h10

SERVES 6

Bechamel/cheese sauce

  • 750ml milk
  • 60g salted butter
  • 90g plain flour
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 200g cheddar cheese

Vegetable filling

  • 1 onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 500g button mushrooms
  • 2 courgettes, sliced
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 bag fresh baby spinach
  • 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp sugar

  • Salt & pepper to taste

  • 1 tbsp shredded fresh basil

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Other

  • About 8 sheets no-precooking-required dried lasagne

Let’s go…

  1. First, add 200g cheddar cheese, roughly chopped, to the mixing bowl. Mix for 5 seconds / speed 5. Set aside. No need to rinse the bowl.
  2. Then make a bechamel/cheese sauce. Add 750g milk, 60g butter, 90g plain flour, salt & pepper to taste to the mixing bowl. Cook for 8 minutes / 90C / speed 4. 
  3. Add the reserved cheese and mix for a further 30 seconds / speed 2. Set Aside.
  4. In the meantime, slice 2 courgettes, wash the button mushrooms, peel and halve one onion and peel 2 garlic cloves.
  5. Wash the bowl.
  6. Add one onion, halved and 2 garlic cloves to the mixing bowl. Chop for 5 seconds / speed 5.
  7. Add 2tbsp olive oil and cook for 3 minutes / 100C / Speed low.
  8. Add 500g button mushrooms, whole, 2 courgettes, sliced and 2tbsp plain flour. Cook for 5 minutes / 100C / Reverse speed low.
  9. Add the baby leaf spinach, 400g chopped tomatoes, 1 tsp sugar and salt & pepper to taste. Cook for 15 minutes / 100C / Reverse speed low without measuring cup.
  10. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 180C and grease a baking dish measuring about 25cm x 20cm and 5cm deep.
  11. Stir the shredded basil into the vegetable sauce.
  12. Spread a third of the sauce over the bottom of the dish. Spread a third of the bechamel/cheese sauce over the vegetables.
  13. Cover with a layer of lasagne sheets, not overlapping them. The dish will probably take 3 sheets, but you may have to break them to fit.
  14. Repeat the layers of vegetable sauce, cheese sauce, and lasagne sheets, then repeat the layers once more, finishing with the cheese sauce. Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

We’ve tried liquid pizza (yep, you’ve read that right!) – with or without a Thermomix

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Liquid pizza (yep, you’ve read that right!) – with or without a Thermomix

Sounds crazy? It’s actually is a very easy and fun way to make a pizza.

Simply make the batter, pour it into a baking tray, add the toppings you wish, cook in the oven and tah-dah.

See our verdict below the recipe.

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Serves 4

Active time: 10 minutes – Total time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

For the base:

  • 1 egg
  • 40g olive oil
  • 300g pizza flour
  • 300ml warm water
  • 15g fresh yeast
  • 1 packet of dried yeast
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Tomato sauce – this is the one I use

Toppings of your choice

  • Ham, cheese, olives, mushrooms, pepperonis, peppers, eggs, bacon, grated cheese etc

Let’s go…

  1. Preheat your oven to 180C and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. The size of the baking tray will depend largely on how thick or thin you like your pizza.
  2. Mix all the base ingredients in the TM bowl for 30 seconds / speed 4.
  3. Pour in the baking tray.
  4. Sprinkle your tomato sauce and toppings of your choice.
  5. Bake for 35 minutes in the oven.

The results: despite 45 minutes in the oven, it never really cooked through which is a shame as the taste was good.

I think the fact that I made it but it went in the oven a good 45 minutes later, which gave the dough time to double in size, really didn’t help. I might try again with less dough and certainly no ‘resting’ time.

Smoked salmon pizza

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Want to give your pizza a twist? This recipe is full of good stuff and is simply delicious.

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Smoked salmon pizza

Serves 4

Active time: 10 minutes – Total time: 30 minutes – COST: £8.45

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet dried yeast – £0.11
  • 50g water
  • 50g milk – £0.22
  • 180g pizza / bread flour – £0.13
  • 1 tbsp olive oil – £0.02
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 garlic clove – £0.05
  • 200g leeks, chopped – £0.4
  • 20g chive – £0.7
  • 1 tsp oregano – £0.05
  • 150g creme fraiche – £0.44
  • the juice of half a lemon – £0.17
  • 50g tomato puree – £0.14
  • 1 tbsp olive oil – £0.02
  • 240g smoked salmon trimmings – £6.00

Let’s go…

  1. Preheat oven to 180C
  2. Prepare the dough: add the packet of yeast, 50g water and 10g milk to the mixing bowl. Mix for 2 minutes / 37C / Speed 2.
  3. Add 180g flour, 1 tbsp olive oil, 40g milk and 1/2 tsp salt. Knead for 2 minutes / knead mode.
  4. Pour the dough into a bowl and leave to rest. Clean your TM bowl.
  5. Add 200g leeks, 1 garlic clove and 20g chive to the bowl. Chop for 5 seconds / speed 5.
  6. Add 150g creme fraiche, the juice of 1/2 lemon and 1/2 tsp salt. Cook for 8 minutes / 90C / Reverse speed low without the measuring cup.
  7. In the meantime, roll out the dough in a circle. Spread 50g tomato puree all over as well as a drizzle of olive oil.
  8. When the leeks are ready, spread them over the pizza dough. Top with 200g smoked salmon.
  9. Cook in the oven for 20 minutes.

Alternatively, cook the pizza first and then add the smoked salmon (as well as avocado slices). It’s equally as delicious!

 

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Jamie vs Momo – Pregnant Jool’s pasta, crunchy salad & little frangipane tarts

In this new series of complete 3 course meals, we’re taking on Jamie Oliver’s 30 minutes meals and see if we can make them even better & faster with a little help from our friend Momo the Thermomix.

One thing’s for sure – there isn’t 10,000 things to wash up by the end of it!

Tune back in every Thursday for a new 30 minutes meal.

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Jamie vs Momo – Pregnant Jool’s pasta, crunchy salad & little frangipane tarts


Serves 6

Active time: 28 minutes – Total time: 28 minutes (Momo 1 – Jamie 0)

Ingredients:

Pasta

  • 4 spring onions
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 1 – 2 fresh chillis
  • 400g sausage meat (Jamie uses 6 good quality sausages)
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 500g dried pasta of your choice
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • A few sprigs of basil

Salad

  • 1 mixed bag of prewashed rocket and watercress
  • Parmesan cheese shavings
  • 1 lemon
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Tarts

  • 150g plain flour
  • 75g butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 50g water
  • 1 egg
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 100g butter
  • 90g caster sugar
  • 1 orange
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 175g good quality raspberry jam
  • 250g creme fraiche to serve

Let’s go…

  1. Preheat your oven to 190C. Fill the kettle and stick it on.
  2. TARTS – Make shortcrust pastry by adding 150g plain flour, 75g butter cut into pieces, 1/2 tsp salt and 50g water into the bowl. Mix for 20 seconds / speed 4. Wrap pastry ball in cling film and place into the fridge.
  3. Rinse your Thermomix bowl.
  4. Next, make the frangipane filling by adding one egg, 100g ground almond, 100g butter, 90g caster sugar, the zest of one orange and one tbsp vanilla extract to the mixing bowl. Mix 20 seconds / speed 4. Set aside until needed.
  5. Let your Thermomix mixing bowl wash itself, by half filling it up with water and a few drops of washing up liquid. Turn on for 50 seconds / 100C / Speed 5. Rinse thoroughly and dry.
  6. PASTA – Add 4 trimmed spring onions, 1 peeled carrot, 1 stick of celery and 1 chilli, all very roughly chopped, to the mixing bowl. Chop for 7 seconds / speed 5.
  7. Saute for 3 minutes / 100C / speed 1.
  8. In the meantime, put a large deep saucepan on a low heat and fill with boiling water.
  9. Back to your Thermomix bowl. Add 400g sausage meat, 1 tsp fennel seeds and 1 tsp dried oregano. Mix for 10 seconds / speed 4.
  10. Add a dollop of olive oil and cook for 5 minutes / 100C / Speed 1.
  11. TARTS – In the meantime, take your shortcrust pastry out of the fridge. Roll it out on a floured surface and arrange into 6 individual tart tins.
  12. Spoon a small tsp of good quality raspberry jam into each pastry base. Top with a heaped teaspoon of almond filling (aka frangipane), add another small tsp of jam, then another heaped tsp of almond filling. Bake for 18 minutes.
  13. PASTA – Salt the boiling water and add 500g pasta – cook according to packet instructions.
  14. Add 4 unpeeled cloves of garlic, 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar and a tin of chopped tomatoes into the sausage mixture. Cook for a further 10 minutes / 100C / Reverse speed 1.
  15. SALAD – add parmesan shavings on top of the rocket & watercress. Serve with a bottle of extra virgin olive oil and lemon wedges to dress right before eating.
  16. Drain the pasta. Dip them into serving dish. Pour over the sausage sauce. Give it a good mix and serve with grated parmesan and a few basil leaves to sprinkle over.
  17. TARTS – when they’re ready, take them out of the oven. Serve them warm, with a dollop of creme fraiche.

How easy was that!

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Aubergine Parmigiana – a Gousto recipe in the Thermomix

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This Italian classic combines aubergines, tomatoes, parmezan and mozzarella. An ideal dish for entertaining.

It can take a whole afternoon to make from scratch but with a few shortcuts and a lot of help from your Thermomix, it will be on your table in just over an hour.

(Gousto are very much like HelloFresh, they’re a food box company. You pick the number of meals and number of people that suit your family and they deliver ALL the ingredients you need to cook delicious food, really quickly!)

If you’ve not subscribed to Gousto, then the list of ingredients you need is below.


Aubergine Parmigiana – a Gousto recipe cooked in the Thermomix

Serves 4

Active time: 10 minutes – Total time: 75 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 aubergines
  • 80g parmesan cheese
  • 2 red onions
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 20g fresh basil, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 x 125g ball mozzarella

 

Let’s go…

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C.
  2. Slice the aubergines lengthways as thinly as you can (1/2 cm ideally)
  3. Salt both sides of the aubergine slices. Set aside on Varoma dish.
  4. Add 80g parmesan to the mixer bowl. Turn on for 10 seconds / speed 10. Set aside.
  5. Add 2 red onions, cut in half and 3 garlic cloves to the mixer bowl. Chop for 5 seconds / speed 5.
  6. Scrape down the sides.
  7. Add a gulp of olive oil and cook for 5 minutes / 100C / Speed 1 without measuring cup.
  8. Add 2 tins of chopped tomatoes, 4 tbsp tomato paste, 2 tsp sugar, 20g fresh basil roughly chopped, 2 tsp dried oregano and a pinch of salt & pepper.
  9. Add the Varoma dish with the aubergines and cook for 40 minutes / 100C / Speed 1.
  10. In the meantime, slice the mozzarella.
  11. In an ovenproof dish, layer aubergines, mozzarella, tomato sauce and parmesan. Repeat until you run out of ingredients.
  12. Cook in the oven for 30 minutes at 180C.

 

Delicious. Bon appetit x


 

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