Monday, 22 August 2011

Lasagne on a Monday

Hello Dolls, hope the start of the week got off to a good start for you all : ) I had a lazy morning followed by a leisurely afternoon of shopping with my sister, niece and nephew. This afternoon, as I flicked through my recipe books, looking for some inspiration for dinner, I landed upon Sally Bee's recipe for lasagne which I have never tried before. I have made lasagne of course, but was keen to try Sally's 'healthiest ever' lasagne. I have to say, the lasagne turned out completely delicious, which was pleasing after all my hard work preparing : )

Step 1) Chop up an array of vegetables into very small pieces. You can use any veg you fancy, I used 3 carrots, 2 celery sticks and 1 courgette. Cut up an onion and peel 2 cloves of garlic.

Step 2) Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pan. Add the onion to the pan and cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes until beginning to soften. Add the rest of your veg to the pan including the crushed garlic, and cook for another 5 minutes.

Step 3) Turn the heat up slightly and add your mince to the pan, stirring until browned and crumbly (this will take about 5 minutes).

Step 4) Stir in a can of chopped tomatoes, 450ml of beef stock, 4 tablespoons of tomato puree, 1 teaspoon of oregano and 1 teaspoon of parsley. Season with a good shake of black pepper and allow to simmer for 20 minutes until cooked through.

Step 5) Towards the end of the cooking time of the meat mixture, you need to preheat the oven to 200 degrees or gas mark 6, and then make your white sauce. For the white sauce, add 3 tablespoons of corn flour (corn starch) to a small bowl. Measure out 600ml (1 pint) of semi-skimmed milk in a measuring jug and add a little to the cornflour. Stir until the corn flour has dissolved, and then pour into a saucepan. Add the rest of the milk to this and stir continuously over a low heat until thickened to the texture of custard. Add a good pinch of nutmeg to the white sauce and stir.

Step 6) Pour half of the meat mixture into your dish, then layer several pasta sheets over the top. Continue with another layer of meat and another layer of pasta.

Step 7) Pour over your white sauce, and lastly 40g of grated low fat cheese. Put your lasagne in the oven for 4o minutes until the top of the lasagne is nicely golden.

Step 8) Remove from the oven, your lasagne should look something like this!

Step 9) Serve with a nice green salad or extra vegetables (I decided on tenderstem brocolli, sweetcorn and home-grown white cabbage).

Really yum, and super healthy. A good choice for anyone who wants to try a healthy take on an old favourite : )


  1. This looks yummy! :)
    Lucy x

  2. Even though I'm a vegetarian this looks pretty yummy! x

  3. Looks so lovely! I eat this all the time but sneakily, never make it myself! Cant match up to family made!

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  4. Yummy!

  5. It looks beautiful, but I'd rather have a small piece of the real thing. :) x

  6. Looks good! I tend to cook the mince first so the vegetables don't burn, and so it has time to soften.

    I did a post a while ago on my lasagne..

  7. i'm not good at cooking, and i really hate when people post difficult recipes - however this one seems perfect for me because it's super easy and judging from your photos - it looks super delicious! i think i will try it soon!

    jos xx

  8. Hey Jos, glad you like it, I know what you mean about difficult recipes, I find that really annoying too! This one is nice and easy and turns out great xx

  9. Hey Kat, yep I sometimes cook the mince first too, however I was following the book so did the veg first this time. As long as you have olive oil in the pan and keep an eye on the veg you are fine xx

  10. oh this could be my new favourite food :D i have to try it!

  11. the lasagne I make is pretty similar but naughtily I usually eat mine with wedges

  12. hmmmmm lasagne our favorite

    love itt


  13. woah! super yummy! Lasagne is my fave! XD

  14. This looks seriously delicious! xx

  15. mmm! looks soo good! I might have to try this one out myself... I love a good lasagna! :)

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