Provençal cooking recipe: lasagnes de Yann

Publié le 30 March 2018 Mis à jour le 7 May 2018

For this first episode of "In the Kitchen with" we’re taking you to the Haunted House! Yann opened our favourite Marseille bar with his brother more than 30 years ago and concocted all the lip-smacking food on the menu with his mother. Believe it or not, this is where, among others, the French hip-hop band IAM played their first live gig!

The Haunted House is one of Marseille's cult venues with, of course, its classic haunted house decor, red lights and spooky graveyard fresco complete with bats... bikers and rockers at the bar, the lads playing pool and table footy. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, and the prices are more than reasonable !

Too bad if you don’t dare go in as you'll be missing out on the best lasagne of your life !
Yes, you read that right. The Haunted House is a real institution for rock and lasagne fans! Rock ’n’ roll and lasagne… not necessarily a connection you make every day but there’s a close link between them at the Haunted House ! As Yann says himself, successive generations of rockers have now been enjoying his cult recipe now 30 years. "A great life with lasagne and Rock ‘n’ Roll !"

The dish may have originally come from Italy but people in the South have been eating it for generations, gradually adapting it to our way of cooking by adding Herbes de Provence, local tomatoes, olive oil...

Lasagne comes from Marseille these days ?!

Yann has agreed to share HIS recipe and the secrets that make the Haunted House lasagne unique and unforgettable! Now it’s your turn to get acquainted !

Ingredients (for 10 people... yes, no kidding...) :

  • 3 carrots
  • 3 onions
  • 2 tins of finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1 small tin of tomato puree
  • Herbes de Provence
  • Bay leaves
  • Oil (olive or sunflower, your choice)
  • Grated cheese
  • Lasagne sheets
  • 1kg of mince
  • Home-made béchamel sauce (cornflour, milk, single cream and nutmeg)
  • Salt and pepper

Recipes in stages

  1. Preheat the oven to 250°C.
  2. Start by slicing the onions and carrots and browning them in a little olive oil.
  3. Then, prepare the tomato sauce by mixing the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, Herbes de Provence, bay leaves, salt and pepper.
  4. Add the mince to the onions and carrots, season and cook, stirring regularly.
  5. Make the béchamel with cornflour, milk, single cream, nutmeg and no butter!!! That’s the béchamel secret! Set to one side.
  6. Add the tomato sauce to the meat mixture, cook and set to one side.

Oil the bottom of a lasagne dish and HERE’S A SECRET TIP JUST FOR YOU: sprinkle with cheese to stop it sticking!
Alternately layer the meat sauce (sprinkled with grated cheese) and the béchamel (sprinkled with grated cheese) between lasagne sheets, topping with a healthy dose of béchamel and more grated cheese !

Cook in the oven at 250°C for 30 minutes.
Leave to rest or it will collapse in a heap! And in the evening, you can tuck in and really enjoy it!!! (It’s even better the next day... just like gratins...).

You too can be the god of lasagne. And if you don’t fancy cooking… take a trip to the Haunted House! (10 Rue Vian, 13006 Marseille, open every night except Sunday).

We are Anaïs and Pedro, we love loads of things, like the States, Japan, pizzas, Motorhead, Vietnamese food and karaoke… On our blog, we talk about our travels and the places we love in Marseille and elsewhere. We also host really fun evening events from time to time.

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