Due to a lack of affordable (and authentic) Italian restaurants when I was growing up in Singapore, I’ve only tasted authentic lasagne for the first time when I was 18. In fact I could barely pronounce it. Le…Zaa… Nia? I used to think that making lasagne was extremely laborious, a la the Nonya kueh lapis where you must actually prepare the different layers separately. Well, the truth is not too far from that but it’s definitely a lot simpler than making kueh lapis!
Readers from the UK would be familiar with Sainsbury’s, a large supermarket chain in the country, akin to NTUC in Singapore. As students on a budget, we often try to suss out the cheapest deals that give us the most bang for a buck, and today we’d put ourselves up to the challenge by making a mushroom and beef lasagne using only ingredients from the Sainsbury’s Basics range!
For the uninitiated, the Sainsbury’s Basics range looks like that:
Most distinctive from the simple orange and white packaging! From fresh fruits to ready-made pasta to spices to toilet paper, it’s a fairly comprehensive range of budget products. The Basics range is a poor student’s best friend because the items tend to be so much cheaper although understandably they aren’t always of tip-top quality. However, a meal for less than a dollar sounds too attractive to resist isn’t it? Today we’ll demonstrate how to make a fuss-free and delicious lasagne, from scratch, using only ingredients from the Basics range! :)