Healthiest-ever lasagne

    1 hour 55 min

    Lasagne is everybody's favourite but it can be very high in fat, especially if shop-bought. This version includes plenty of fresh vegetables and lean minced steak in its scrumptious filling. Serve with a crisp green salad.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 large onion, finely chopped
    • 4 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
    • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
    • 350g lean minced steak
    • 150g button mushrooms, chopped
    • 300ml beef stock
    • 150ml dry red wine or extra beef stock
    • 400g can chopped tomatoes
    • 2 tsp tomato purée
    • 1 tsp dried oregano or mixed herbs
    • 3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
    • 10 sheets dried no-pre-cook lasagne
    • 40g mature Cheddar cheese, grated
    • SAUCE
    • 3 tbsp cornflour
    • 600ml semi-skimmed milk
    • pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

    Prep:1hr10min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr55min 

    1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a low heat. Add the onion and fry gently for 5 minutes. Add the carrots, celery and garlic and cook for a further 5 minutes until the onion is soft and just beginning to colour.
    2. Turn up the heat a little, then add the beef and cook, stirring and breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon until browned and crumbly. Add the mushrooms and cook for 1 more minute. Stir in the stock, wine or extra stock, tomatoes, tomato purée and dried herbs. Bring to the boil, then cover and gently simmer over a low heat for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the parsley and season to taste.
    3. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4. To make the sauce, mix the cornflour to a smooth paste with a little of the milk. Heat the remaining milk to boiling point, then pour some of it onto the cornflour mixture, stirring. Return this to the milk in the saucepan. Bring to the boil, stirring until the sauce thickens, then simmer for 2 minutes. Stir in the nutmeg and season to taste.
    4. Spoon half the meat sauce over the base of a 3 litre ovenproof dish or roasting tin. Cover with a layer of lasagne, then spoon over the remaining meat sauce and cover with another layer of pasta. Pour over the white sauce to cover the lasagne completely. Scatter over the grated cheese.
    5. Place the dish on a baking sheet and bake for 40–45 minutes until the lasagne is bubbling and the top is lightly browned. Remove from the oven and leave to settle for 10 minutes before serving.

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    Very tasty meat sauce, although I swapped the celery for courgette. The white sauce was tasty, but still prefer the unhealthier cheese sauce made with butter!  -  09 Jul 2009


     -  17 Apr 2013