This is our own invention and is a really good non-meat alternative. You can eat this either as a starter or as a main course. It is quite rich, so if you use it as a starter, you only need a smallish ramekin per person.

Ingredients for 8 as a starter or 4 as a main course.

  • 8 sheets of Lasagne Pasta; 60 grams plain flour;
  • 150 grams butter;
  • 1 litre milk;
  • 450 grams mixed brown and white crabmeat;
  • 200 grams peeled king prawns;
  • 150 grams freshly grated Parmesan;
  • 200 grams grated Cheddar or Gruyere;
  • a good handful of freshly chopped Parsley;
  • Salt & freshly ground Black Pepper.

Method

  • Melt the butter in a non-stick saucepan. Add the flour and blend, stirring all the time. Cook for a couple of minutes to cook the flour, still stirring. Remove from the heat.
  • Bring the milk to near boiling. Place the butter and flour mixture back on a very gentle heat and add the milk a little at a time stirring constantly with a whisk. Season with lots of black pepper and a little, but not too much, salt. This will only take a couple of minutes. Remove from the heat and set to one side.
  • Butter your dish or dishes, depending on whether you are using 8 ramekins or one dish.
  • Place a layer of soaked (or “no pre-soak”) pasta on the bottom, cover with a mixture of crabmeat and prawns, together with some of your white sauce and generously sprinkle with Parmesan.
  • Place another layer of pasta on this, then more crab and prawns and white sauce and so on, until the dish is not quite full.
  • Place a final layer of pasta on top, cover generously with white sauce and sprinkle with grated Cheddar or Gruyere and a bit more ground black pepper.
  • Cook at 425F / 220C / Gas 7 and for 20 to 25 minutes until bubbling and golden.
  • Serve with crusty French bread.

My mouth is watering at the thought!