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Ultimate Moussaka Recipe




For the ragu

For the bechamel

To serve


1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line three baking trays and preheat a large casserole pot with a lid on a medium-high heat. Trim the aubergines. Slice the aubergine and potatoes into 5mm discs (no need to peel the potatoes!)Lay out over the lined baking trays. Drizzle with 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Cook in the hot oven for 25-30 minutes, until soft.

2. Meanwhile, make the ragu. Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in the hot casserole. Peel and thinly slice the onion and mushrooms and add to the pan with a big pinch of salt. Fry for 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft and starting to turn golden.

3. Peel and grate the garlic into the pan. Add the oregano and tomato purée, stirring to coat. Tip in the lentils and chopped tomatoes, then fill one of the cans with water and add it to the pan along with the stock cube. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and leave to bubble away for 40-50 minutes, stirring now and then, until the lentils are totally soft and you have a thick ragu, adding a little more water if it looks dry before the lentils are cooked.

4. Grate the cheese and put it to one side. In a small bowl, whisk the cornflour with a tablespoon of the milk. Warm a small saucepan over a medium heat. Melt the dairy-free butter, then add the flour and cook, whisking constantly, for 3-4 minutes until the mixture looks dusty, then slowly add the rest of the milk, a little at a time, whisking again to create a smooth sauce. Add the cornflour mixture to the pan, turn up the heat and whisk vigorously until the mixture is thick. Add the ground nutmeg and grated cheese and season generously. Whisk vigorously until the cheese has melted. Set aside.

5. Take the ragu off the heat and spoon three-quarters of the mixture into a heatproof bowl. Lay half the potato slices over the ragu in the pan and spoon over a quarter of the remaining ragu, spreading it to the sides. Cover with half the aubergine slices, then another layer of ragu and then the rest of the potato. Spoon over a final layer of ragu and the remaining aubergine slices. Pour the bechamel over the top, spreading it to the edges with the back of a spoon. Return to the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Allow to sit for 10 minutes, then serve up with a big salad.

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