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What’s the Dish? Eden’s East African Lasagna


Did you watch our “What’s the Dish” episode? Try Eden Hagos’ East African Lasagna!


Meat Sauce (Sugo)

  • 2 cups Onion, minced
  • 2 Carrots, minced
  • 1 Can tomato paste (5oz.)
  • 1 Can crushed tomato (28oz.)
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Berbere spice
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 500 g Ground beef
  • 2 Cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 cups Water (adjust accordingly)
  • Salt, to taste

Bechamel Sauce

  • 1 stick Unsalted butter
  • ½ cup All-purpose flour
  • 4 cups Milk
  • 1 tsp Ground nutmeg
  • Salt, to taste

For the Lasagna

  • 1 Box lasagna noodles
  • Thick-cut Italian blend cheese


For the Meat Sauce

  • Saute onions and carrots in about a tablespoon of oil.
  • Once the onions and carrots have begun to soften and cook down, add the Berbere spice and stir to combine.Add extra oil as necessary and mix well.
  • Next add in garlic, stir until fragrant and then add ground beef and break up any chunks so that there is an even consistency.
  • Next, add tomato paste and stir to evenly incorporate, after a few minutes of cooking, add the crushed tomatoes.Add water as necessary so the mixture starts to resemble a sauce.
  • Continue stirring the mixture for 5 more minutes and add then Italian seasoning, oregano, and salt to taste.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and let the sauce simmer for another 30 minutes.

Bechamel Sauce

  • Slice the butter into cubes and melt it in a saucepan.
  • Add flour to the melted butter and whisk it vigorously and continuously until evenly combined.
  • After a minute or two, pour in the milk slowly, while you stir/whisk the mixture so it thickens.
  • Once there are no lumps, add in the freshly grated nutmeg.Bring the sauce to a simmer until it’s thick enough to lightly coat the back of a spoon.

For the Lasagna

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
  • Cook the lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes and then drain them and set aside until you’re ready to assemble the lasagna.
  • Layer meat sauce, noodles, bechamel, and shredded cheese in a baking dish until the dish is full.
  • Be generous with the cheese for a decadent lasagna.
  • Bake it for 30-40 minutes, uncovered in the oven.
  • Once it’s removed from the oven, garnish it with parsley or basil for a pop of colour and flavour.
  • Allow it to cool slightly before slicing and digging in.



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