African Lasagna


African Lasagna

Katherine Waldek - Former Missionary Wife in Malawi, Africa
This is a family favorite that we have used since our time in Africa. The recipe was given to me by Linda Roecker who was also a missionary wife in Malawi with me at the time.Minimal supplies needed. Quick prep time and very tasty.
Course Main Course
Cuisine African
Servings 6


Red Sauce

  • 1 lb hamburger
  • 29 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp basil
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp oregano

White Sauce

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups milk
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • lasagna noodles
  • 2-3 cups grated mozzarella cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray a 9 x 13 pan with canola spray or oil.
  • Brown hamburger meat and drain fat.
  • Combine tomato sauce ,sugar, spices and simmer 15-20 min.
  • In separate pot, melt butter and mix in flour to make a roux, add salt and milk slowly and stir over low heat until sauce thickens, sprinkle with nutmeg.
  • Layer a layer of uncooked lasagna noodles on the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Spoon half of the red sauce over the noodles then spoon half of the white sauce over the red sauce, top with an additional layer of uncooked noodles.
  • Top that with remaining red sauce followed by remaining white sauce.
  • Top with grated mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 45 min. Cool 15 min before serving.
  • Reheats well in microwave and freezes well.