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Prep Time:5 mins

Cooking Time:60 mins

Serves:6 Adults



Why not treat the family to your own homemade Italian family dinner with an all-time favourite? Introducing our quick and easy lasagne recipe. 

About this recipe

This recipe was adapted from the safefood 101 Square Meals cookbook. Read on to learn how to make a classic lasagne in just a few simple steps. 


  • 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 spread
  • 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


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

To make cheese sauce:

  • Melt the low-fat spread 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

A fresh salad goes well with oven-baked lasagne, serve both to add some veg the dinner table. 

"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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