Lamb Meatballs in a Creamy Sauce

Lamb Meatballs in a Creamy Sauce

 

These tasty nutmeg seasoned meatballs are cooked in a creamy, wholegrain mustard sauce and served with tagliatelle.

 

Lamb Meatballs in a Creamy Sauce
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 50 minutes
  • Refrigeration time: 1 hour
  • Cooking time: 1 hour

  • Ingredients
  • 2 slices white bread
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 450g (1 lb) lamb mince/ground lamb
  • 2 eggs, medium (U.K.)/large (N.A.), beaten
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 28g (1 oz) butter (2 tbsp, or ¼ stick)
  • 600ml (20 fl oz) chicken stock (2½ cups)
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 300ml (10 fl oz) crème frâiche (1¼ cups)
  • 2 tbsp cornflour/cornstarch


  • To serve
  • Serve with tagliatelle and a green salad

  • Equipment
  • casserole dish


  1. Method
  2. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) (gas 4)

  3. Remove the crusts from the bread and cut into rough pieces. Place in a bowl and moisten with the milk. Mix with a fork to break up into crumbs.

  4. In a large mixing bowl, mix in the soaked breadcrumbs, onion, lamb, eggs, seasoning and nutmeg until throughly combined.

  5. Shape into 32 meatballs, using wet fingers. Just keep a small bowl of water nearby. (Fingers dipped in flour will just become sticky.) Chill the meatballs for 1 hour to firm up.

  6. Heat half the butter in a frying pan/skillet over a medium heat. When the butter is frothy and hot, add half the meatballs. Shake them in the pan to keep them moving and cook until browned all over, about 5 minutes. Remove, using a slotted spoon, and transfer them to the casserole dish. Repeat with the remaining meatballs, adding extra butter if needed.

  7. Add the stock to the pan and scrape off any bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Bring to the boil, then stir in the mustard. Pour over the meatballs, cover the dish and cook above the centre of the oven for 45 minutes.

  8. Mix the crème frâiche and cornflour/cornstarch together in a bowl, then stir into the casserole until well blended. Return to the oven for a further 15 minutes, uncovered, until bubbling. The sauce will become thick.

  9. Serve over tagliatelle.

Updated: November 14, 2017

Individual Shepherd’s Pie

Individual Shepherd's Pie

 

These tasty little shepherd’s pies are made in a small gratin dish and are quick to prepare. The lamb is mixed with beans and a minted tomato sauce, and then covered with a creamy mash potato and topped with cheese and cherry tomatoes.

 

Individual Shepherd's Pie
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking time: 40 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 900g (2 lb) potatoes, peeled and cut into even-sized chunks (about 6 medium)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 450g (1 lb) lamb mince/ground lamb
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 300ml (10 fl oz) lamb or beef stock (1¼ cups)
  • 415g tin baked beans
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée/tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 tbsp cheddar cheese, grated

  • Equipment
  • 4 × individual serving ovenproof dishes


  1. Method
  2. Add the potatoes to a pan of boiling salted water and simmer for 25 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile heat the oil in a frying pan/skillet, then add the lamb, and brown over a medium heat, about 5 minutes.

  4. Reduce the heat a little and stir through the flour. Then add the stock, stirring until it thickens, about 2 minutes.

  5. Next stir in the baked beans, tomato purée/tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and mint. Season. Reduce the heat to low and cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Divide between the dishes.

  6. Preheat the grill/broiler while finishing the pies.

  7. Drain the potatoes once they are tender, then mash, adding a good knob of butter and just enough milk to produce a creamy mash. Spread the mash evenly over the meat mixture.

  8. Place six tomato halves, cut sides up, on top of each pie, pressing them down a little into the mash.Then sprinkle the cheese over.

  9. Place under the grill/broiler and cook for about 6–8 minutes until golden and bubbling.

  10. Individual Shepherd's Pie

 

Potato Moussaka

Potato Moussaka

 

This tasty moussaka has layers of a tomato meat sauce and sliced potatoes which are topped with a cheese sauce and then sprinkled with extra cheese.

 

Potato Moussaka
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 50 minutes
  • Cooking time: 50 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 900g (2 lb) potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks (6 medium)

  • For the meat sauce
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 450g (l lb) minced lamb/ground lamb
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes (½ x 796 ml can diced tomatoes)
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée/paste
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano leaves
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • For the cheese sauce
  • 28g (1 oz) butter (2 tbsp, or ¼ stick)
  • 28g (1 oz) flour (2 tbsp)
  • 300ml (10 fl oz) milk (1¼ cups)
  • 85g (3 oz) Cheddar cheese, grated (¾ cup)
  • 1 egg, medium (U.K.)/large (N.A.)

  • Serving suggestion
  • Serve with seasonal vegetables or a salad.

  • Equipment
  • 1.5 litre (2½ pint) oven proof dish


  1. Method
  2. Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F) (gas 5)

  3. Bring the potatoes to the boil in a pan of water, then simmer for 15 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool a little.

  4. For the meat sauce
  5. Heat the oil in a deep-sided frying pan/skillet. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the onions to coat. Cook until they start to soften, about 5 minutes.

  6. Add the lamb to the pan and brown the meat over a medium heat, about 5 minutes.

  7. Add the tomatoes, tomato purée/paste and oregano and stir. Cover the pan and simmer for 10 minutes. Season.

  8. For the cheese sauce
  9. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small pan. Tilt the pan so the butter runs to one edge and tip the flour onto the butter. Mix to form a paste and then cook over a low heat for 1 minute.

  10. While the roux is cooking, warm the milk in a microwave (this will make it easier to blend into the roux).

  11. Remove the pan from the heat and gradually stir in the milk until smooth. Return to the heat and bring to the boil, stirring continuously, until the sauce thickens.

  12. Remove from the heat and stir in 55g (2 oz) (½ cup) of the cheese. Continue stirring until the cheese has melted into the sauce. (The cheese is added off the heat so it won’t turn the sauce oily.) Leave to cool slightly, about 2 minutes, and then vigorously beat in the egg.

  13. To assemble
  14. Slice the potatoes thinly.

  15. Spoon half the meat sauce into the ovenproof dish and spread the mixture out evenly. Layer half the potato slices over the meat sauce.Then spoon the remaining meat sauce over these potatoes. Layer the rest of the potatoes over the meat sauce, overlapping them slightly, if possible. Spread the cheese sauce over the potatoes. Now sprinkle the remaining grated cheese on top.

  16. Cover the dish with foil and bake in the centre of the oven for 30 minutes. Then remove the foil and bake for a further 20 minutes, or until the top is golden in colour and the potatoes feel tender when pierced with a skewer.

  17. Serve with seasonable vegetables or a salad.

Updated: April 20, 2017

Mediterranean Lamb Cutlets with Potatoes Dauphinoise

Mediterranean Lamb Cutlets with Potatoes Dauphinoise

 

A dish that is full of flavour and very scrumptious. Lamb cutlets sit on a base of garlic roasted vegetables with a hint of basil and rosemary and served with thinly sliced potatoes cooked in a garlic cream sauce.

 

Mediterranean Lamb Cutlets with Potatoes Dauphinoise
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 55 minutes
  • Cooking time: 50 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • For the ratatouille and lamb cutlets
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ medium aubergine/eggplant
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded
  • 2 courgettes/zucchini
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 8 lamb cutlets
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 400g tin cherry tomatoes (small can)
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil leaves, torn
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • For the potatoes dauphinoise
  • 800g (1 lb 12 oz) potatoes (5 medium)
  • 240ml (8 fl oz) whole milk (1 cup)
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 240ml (8 fl oz) double cream/whipping cream or heavy cream (1 cup)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • whole nutmeg


  1. Method
  2. For the potatoes dauphinoise
  3. Peel, wash and cut the potatoes into 5mm (¼ inch) thick slices.

  4. Bring the milk to the boil in a sauté pan with the garlic.

  5. Reduce the heat and stir in the cream, seasoning, and a little grated nutmeg.

  6. Now add the potato slices and turn to coat. Simmer very gently for 20–25 minutes until they are just tender. Turn every 5 minutes so all the slices cook evenly and they don’t stick to the bottom of the pan.

  7. Tip into an ovenproof dish 28 x 20cm (11 x 8 inches).

  8. They will need to cook in the oven for a further 20–25 minutes until bubbling and the top is starting to brown. Before putting in the oven, though, prepare the vegetables for the ratatouille. They will need to cook for the same length of time as the potatoes and so they go into the oven together.

  9. For the ratatouille and lamb cutlets
  10. Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F) gas 5.

  11. Pour the oil into a roasting tin/pan and put in the oven while it is heating up.

  12. Cut the aubergine/eggplant, pepper and courgettes/zucchini into 2.5cm (1 inch) cubes.

  13. Tip into the roasting tin and sprinkle over the rosemary and seasoning. Turn in the oil to coat, then return to the oven and roast for 20–25 minutes until tender. (At this point, also put the potatoes in the oven.) Turn the ratatouille halfway through cooking.

  14. Meanwhile preheat a griddle pan or heavy based frying pan/skillet.

  15. Season the cutlets and spread the garlic over them. Then, over a moderate heat, cook for 5–10 minutes on each side, depending on how thick your cutlets are.

  16. While the cutlets are cooking, empty the tomatoes into a medium sized pan and place over a gentle heat.

  17. Once the ratatouille is cooked, add it to the tomatoes and stir through. Now add the torn basil leaves.

  18. To serve
  19. Divide the vegetables between four plates and top with two cutlets each. Serve with the potato dauphinoise alongside.

 

Lamb Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Lamb Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

 

A firm favourite with children of all ages. These lamb meatballs flavoured with oregano and Parmesan cheese are cooked in a passata based sauce. Usually served with spaghetti but any pasta you choose will work.

 

Lamb Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: About 45 minutes
  • Standing time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: About 40 minutes hob

  • Ingredients
  • For the meatballs
  • 14g (½ oz) butter (1 tbsp)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 slices, about 55g (2 oz) white bread, preferably one day old, crusts removed and torn into pieces
  • 120ml (4 fl oz) whole milk (½ cup)
  • 500g (1lb 2 oz) lamb mince/ground lamb
  • 14g (½ oz) flat leaf parsley/Italian parsley
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 28g (1 oz) Parmesan cheese, grated (¼ cup)
  • salt and pepper

  • For the tomato sauce
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 small stick celery, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 14g/½ oz butter (1 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 × 700ml bottle passata
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 120ml (4 fl oz) whole milk (½ cup)
  • salt and pepper

  • Equipment
  • A large sauté pan with lid

  • To serve
  • pasta
  • a green salad or Caesar salad


  1. Method
  2. Heat the butter and a tablespoon of olive oil in a small pan and, when hot, add the onion and stir to coat. Sprinkle with salt and cook over a low heat for about 10 minutes until softened but not browned, stirring occasionally. Remove to a dish to cool.

  3. Put the bread in a shallow dish and cover with the milk.

  4. Next put the carrot, celery and garlic in a food processor and blitz. Put the butter and oil into the sauté pan and, when hot, add the vegetables and stir to coat. Cook over a medium–low heat until soft, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the passata then add the bay leaves and season. Cover and gently simmer for 20 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, put the lamb in a large bowl and add the bread, discarding any milk. Put half the parsley on a chopping board, sprinkle over the dried oregano and chop the parsley finely. (This will activate the oregano.) Add the herbs to the mince with the egg, Parmesan cheese, cooled onion and some pepper. Mix together until well combined. Make into 20–24 meatballs and flatten them slightly. Place on a baking tray lined with clingfilm and refrigerate for 20 minutes to firm up.

  6. When the sauce has cooked for 20 minutes, stir in the milk. and continue to cook gently, uncovered, for a further 10 minutes. Season to taste.

  7. Once the meatballs have firmed up, put two tablespoons of oil into a large frying pan and brown the meatballs all over, about 5 minutes. Remove them with a spatula and add to the sauce. Cover and cook for a further 20–30 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through.

  8. Chop the remaining parsley and, just before serving, sprinkle over the meatballs.

  9. Serve with pasta and a salad.

Updated: May 22, 2017

Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd's Pie

 

The first reference to a shepherd’s pie appeared in the late 1800s and since then there has been a debate as to whether it should contain lamb or beef. I’ve grown up with the idea that a shepherd’s pie is made with lamb, and cottage pie with beef. Regardless, the traditional recipe can be quite bland so here I have added some extra seasonings to liven it up.

 

Shepherd's Pie
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 35 minutes
  • Cooking time: 1 hour 15 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 450g (1 lb) lamb mince/lamb ground
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stick, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 450ml (15 fl oz) lamb stock (beef can be used as a substitute) (2 cups)
  • 800g (1 lb 12 oz) potatoes, cut into large chunks (5–6 medium)
  • 40g (1½ oz) butter (3 tbsp)

  • Serve with Chantenay/baby carrots and any other seasonal vegetables.

  • Equipment
  • Sauté pan
  • Ovenproof dish


  1. Method
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Add the meat and brown, about 5 minutes. Remove and set aside.

  3. Add remaining oil and, over a low heat, gently cook the onion and celery for 10 minutes until softened. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the spices, flour and tomato purée and cook for 2 minutes.

  4. Gradually stir in the stock, then return the lamb to the pan. Season, bring back to the boil, then simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  5. Meanwhile, bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil and cook the potatoes for 20 minutes until tender. Drain and leave to steam dry for two minutes.

  6. Preheat grill to medium. Mash the potatoes with the butter and season to taste. Tip the lamb mixture into the ovenproof dish and top with the potato. Grill until the potato is turning golden (about 10 minutes).

Updated: March 16, 2017

One-Dish Lamb Pasta

One-Dish Lamb Pasta

 

Simple to prepare, this tasty pasta dish gets cooked in one pan in just under 30 minutes. Lamb is cooked in a red wine, tomato and thyme sauce with farfalle (bow-tie pasta). Great served with a leafy salad, and crusty bread to soak up the sauce.

 

One-Dish Lamb Pasta
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 27 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced
  • 450g/1 lb lamb mince/ground lamb
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes OR
  • ½ x 28 fl oz can diced tomatoes
  • 150ml/5 fl oz/¼ pint red wine
  • 1 heaped tbsp fresh thyme leaves OR
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 600ml/20 fl oz/1 pint vegetable or chicken stock
  • 170g/6 oz farfalle
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • fresh Parmesan to garnish

  • To serve
  • a leafy salad and crusty bread

  • Equipment
  • large sauté pan
  • 4 × pasta dishes


  1. Method
  2. Hear the oil in the pan and add the onion and lamb. Cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently to separate the lamb.

  3. Stir in the tomatoes, red wine, thyme, tomato purée, seasoning and stock. Bring to the boil, then cover and reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

  4. Stir in the pasta and simmer, uncovered, for 12 minutes, until just tender. Stir occasionally.

  5. Stir in a dash of Worcestershire sauce.

  6. Divide between the four dishes and top with a little grated Parmesan cheese.

  7. Serve with the salad and crusty bread to soak up the tasty sauce.

 

Shepherd’s Pie Napoletana

Shepherd's Pie Napoletana

 

The traditional shepherd’s pie can be quite bland and my basic Shepherd’s Pie recipe has extra seasonings to liven it up. This one brings a touch of Italian using a Napoletana sauce and with grated Parmesan on the top.

 

Shepherd's Pie Napoletana
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking time: 40 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 450g/1 lb minced lamb/ground lamb
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 fresh rosemary sprig (or a large pinch of dried)
  • 225ml/8 fl oz red wine
  • 500g/17 fl oz Napoletana pasta sauce (or similar)
  • 900g/2 lb potatoes (floury)
  • 50g/2 oz butter
  • 50g/2 oz Parmesan cheese, coarsely grated


  1. Method
  2. Brown the lamb in a large pan over a medium heat, stirring frequently to break up any lumps, about 7 minutes. It should be really well browned. Then remove from the pan and set aside.

  3. Add the onion to the pan with the rosemary and cook until soft and golden, about 10 minutes. There should be enough fat left from browning the meat not to require adding any oil.

  4. Return the lamb to the pan and stir in the wine. Loosen any crusty bits from the bottom of the pan, then leave the wine to bubble gently until roughly half of it has evaporated. Stir in the pasta sauce, then simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, cut the potatoes into large chunks. Put in a pan of water and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20–25 minutes until tender. Drain and return to the hot pan to dry off any excess moisture. Mash with the butter and half the Parmesan.

  6. Preheat the grill to high.

  7. Spoon the meat sauce into a medium-sized ovenproof dish. Top with the potatoes, no need to smooth the surface, then sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan.

  8. Brown under the grill for about 3 minutes.

  9. Serve with seasonal vegetables.

  10. Tip
  11. The dish can be prepared ahead of time up to the grill stage. Cover the dish then refrigerate for up to two days. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6 and cook the pie for 25–30 minutes until heated through and golden on top.

 

Moussaka

Moussaka

 

My version of a classic Eastern Mediterranean moussaka. This tasty dish has layers of aubergine/eggplant, meat sauce, and potato covered with a cream and cheese topping.

 

Moussaka
Prepares: 6 servings
 
  • Preparation time: About 45 minutes
  • Cooking time: 30 minutes on hob, 25 minutes in oven

  • Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped
  • 700g/1½ lb lamb mince/ground lamb
  • 1 large aubergine/egg plant, sliced
  • 2 × 400g/1 × 28 fl oz cans tomatoes, chopped/diced
  • 3 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 Kallo beef organic stock cube/or 1 tsp Better Than Bouillon Beef*
  • 900g/2 lb potatoes
  • 200ml/7 fl oz double cream/whipping cream
  • 115g/4 oz Cheddar cheese, grated
  • Peas (optional)

  • *I choose these options because I don’t like all the additives and sodium found in other brands.

  • Equipment
  • Deep sided frying pan
  • Griddle or heavy-based pan
  • 1.75 litre/3 pint ovenproof dish


  1. Method
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan oven/350°F/gas mark 4

  3. Heat the olive oil in the deep-sided frying pan over a medium-low heat. Add the onion and oregano and fry for 5 minutes, stirring continuously, until the onion is softened but not brown.

  4. Turn up to a moderate heat and add the lamb to the pan. Stir fry for 10 minutes until the meat starts to brown.

  5. Meanwhile, heat the griddle over a medium-high heat (2–3 minutes) then fry the aubergine slices in batches in a single layer for 3–5 minutes, turning them once. Put them to one side.

  6. Drain any fat from the lamb, add the tomatoes, tomato purée and stock cube or teaspoon of bouillon. Stir well and season with salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to the boil then reduce the heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 25–30 minutes until the liquid has reduced.

  7. Meanwhile, cut the potatoes into even sized pieces and simmer in a saucepan for 15 minutes. Drain, cool a little, and cut into thin slices.

  8. Make layers with the aubergine, lamb mixture and potatoes in the ovenproof dish, finishing with potatoes. Pour the cream over and sprinkle with grated cheese.

  9. Place the dish on a baking sheet and bake for 20–25 minutes until bubbling and golden.

  10. Can be served with peas.

 

Greek Pasta Bake

Greek Pasta Bake

 

A tasty baked dish of lamb, pasta and tomatoes covered in a white sauce and topped with grated cheese.

 

Greek Pasta Bake
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: About 40 minutes
  • Cooking time: 1 hour 10 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 450g/1 lb lamb mince/ground lamb
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 × 400g/½ × 28 fl oz can chopped tomatoes/diced tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 140ml/5 fl oz beef stock
  • 10g/½ oz butter
  • 10g/½ oz plain flour/all purpose flour
  • 300ml/10 fl oz milk
  • 1 egg, medium (U.K.)/large (N.A.), beaten
  • 225g/8 oz macaroni
  • 50g/2 oz Cheddar cheese, grated

  • Equipment
  • A 2 litre/3 pint ovenproof dish.

  • To serve
  • Accompany with a green salad


  1. Method
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°F)/350°F/gas mark 4.

  3. Heat the oil in a large pan and cook the onion and garlic over a medium-low heat for 3 minutes, until softened. Add the lamb and stir-fry over a high heat for 3–4 minutes until browned all over. Lower the heat and stir in the tomato purée and cook for 1–2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, bay leaves and stock, and season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and cook for 35–40 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, make the white sauce. Melt the butter in a small pan, then stir in the flour to make a smooth paste. Cook over a low heat for 1–2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Gradually whisk in the milk, stirring continuously until smooth. Then cook for 4–5 minutes on a low heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and cool slightly. Beat in the egg. Set the sauce to one side.

  5. Cook the macaroni in boiling salted water according to the packet instructions. Drain well and spoon half into the dish. Spoon the meat sauce over, then top with the remaining macaroni. Pour the white sauce evenly over the top and scatter with cheese. Cook in the oven for 25–30 minutes.

  6. Tip
  7. A foolproof way to make a smooth white sauce:

  8. Once the butter has melted, tilt the pan so all the melted butter rests in one corner. Tip the flour onto the pool of butter. It will then be easier to stir to a smooth paste. Also preheat the milk in a microwave, on high, for 1 minute, then gradually whisk it into the roux. Adding warm milk gradually makes a smooth sauce without any lumps.