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Lasagne

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Prep Time:5 mins

Cooking Time:60 mins

Serves:6 Adults

Cost:Medium

Lasagne

Why not treat the family to your own home made Italian family dinner?

About this recipe

Recipe adapted from 101+ square meals


Ingredients

  • 450g / 1lb of lean minced beef
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 medium green or red pepper
  • 8 button mushrooms
  • 1 x 400g / 14 oz. tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 dessertspoons of tomato sauce
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 10 sheets of easi-cook lasagne sheets
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Cheese sauce (see below)

Cheese Sauce

  • 25g / 1 oz. of low-fat margarine
  • 25g / 1 oz. of plain flour
  • 425ml / ¾ pint of semi-skimmed milk
  • 50g / 2 oz. low-fat cheddar cheese, grated
  • Pinch of salt and pepper, to taste

Method

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas Mark 4
  • Chop the onions, pepper, mushrooms and garlic
  • Put the mince into a large pan and fry until completely brown, stirring all the time with a wooden spoon
  • Drain off any excess fat before adding onions and garlic to mince and cook for 3 to 4 minutes
  • Add the chopped peppers, mushrooms, tin of tomatoes and tomato sauce to the mince mixture
  • Bring to the boil and leave to simmer on a low heat for 15 to 20 minutes

To make cheese sauce:

  • Melt the margarine in a saucepan
  • Add flour and cook over a low heat for 1 minute, stirring all the time
  • Remove from the heat and cool slightly
  • Add the milk, salt and pepper, whisking all the time
  • Return to the heat and bring to the boil. Keep whisking
  • Reduce heat and cook slowly for 5 minutes, then add the grated cheese 2 minutes before the end of the cooking time

Final Preparation:

  • Put a layer of meat sauce in the bottom of a casserole/lasagne dish, cover with easi-cook lasagne sheets
  • Make 1 or 2 more layers as above finishing with a layer of lasagne sheets. Cover the top layer with the cheese sauce
  • Sprinkle the top with grated cheese and bake for 30 to 40 minutes

What you will need

  • Casserole dish
  • Cheese grater
  • Chopping board
  • Chopping knife
  • Frying pan
  • Saucepan
  • Whisk

Serving suggestions

Serve with a fresh salad


"Swap beef mince for lamb or turkey mince for variation. This recipe is suitable for freezing, so it can be made in larger quantities and frozen in portion sized servings"

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