Lasagne is a classic that everyone loves. Make this easy lasagne recipe to share with the whole family and everyone will love this popular Italian dinner.
This lasagne recipe has layers of lean beef mince and tomato sauce, cheddar and parmesan cheese sauce and lasagne sheets. This simple dinner serves 6-8 people and is ideal if you’re feeding lots of people in one go. It’ll be on the table in 2 hours, but it’s so worth the wait.
If you want to make this lasagne healthier, swap the beef mince for turkey mince or for the vegetarian version opt for Quorn mince instead. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Reheat thoroughly before serving again.
And the best part about this delicious lasagna recipe? You can freeze it too! So that’s tasty, quick dinners sorted if you like to plan ahead. Just leave the lasagne to cool after cooking, then pop into an airtight container and freeze straight away for up to 1 month. To defrost, leave in the fridge overnight and then make sure you reheat it thoroughly before serving.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
- 500g (1lb) lean minced beef
- 4 tbsp red wine
- 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
- 400g can chopped tomatoes
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 2 bay leaves
- 700ml (24fl oz) milk
- 1 small onion, peeled and quartered
- 3 tbsp cornflour
- 100g (3½oz) ready-grated Cheddar and mozzarella, mixed
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Freshly grated nutmeg
- 250-300g pack fresh lasagne sheets
- 30g (1oz) Parmesan, grated
- Large ovenproof baking dish
To make the meat sauce: Heat the oil in large pan, add the onion and carrot and fry for 10 mins. Add the garlic, cook for another 2 mins and then tip this into a bowl.
Brown the mince. Put onions back in, add the wine, ketchup, tomatoes, oregano and a bay leaf. Simmer for 30 mins.
To make the white sauce: Put all but 3 tbsps of milk in a pan. Add the other bay leaf and the onion. Bring to the boil, then take it of the heat and leave it for 15 mins. Take out the onion and bay leaf. Mix the reserved 3 tbsps milk with the cornflour and whisk into the infused milk over a medium heat. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes to make a thickish, smooth sauce. Add the Cheddar and mozzarella and season well, with lots of nutmeg, too.
Set the oven to Gas Mark 6 or 200°C. Spoon a thin layer of meat sauce into the dish, then a little cheese sauce. Put a layer of lasagne on top, add more of the meat and cheese sauces, for another couple of layers. Finish with lasagne sheets and cheese sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake for 45-60 mins.
Top tip for making Lasagne
Use a tub of cheese sauce for speed, if you like. Work out how many sheets of lasagne you’ll need for the top layer and set them aside before layering up.
To layer a lasagne, you’ll want to start with pasta sauce at the bottom of the dish. Choose a deep dish so you can get a good amount of layers otherwise your lasagne may not be as impressive.
Next you’ll want to add the lasagne sheets and then repeat so you have two layers of pasta sauce and two layers of lasagne sheets. The top layer of lasagne sheets you can top with white sauce and sprinkle with cheese.
Your lasagne may be sloppy because either you used too much sauce - whether its pasta sauce or white sauce. Next time you might want to limit the sauce to see if this helps. It could be down to the type of cheese you use. Ricotta and mozzarella are wetter cheeses so can add to the moisture of your lasagne making it extra sloppy.
Lastly you want to make sure you don’t overcook the lasagne sheets. The lasagne sheets need to be al dente. The softer the sheets, the less likely the lasagne will keep its forms when you portion it onto your plate.
If you’re using non-cooked lasagne sheets, your lasagne will take around 35-40 mins to cook. If you’ve doubled up your lasagne sheet layer however, this may take longer. If you’re short on time, you could pre soak your lasagne sheets in boiled water before layering. This will cook the lasagne sheets slightly making them softer for cooking. You’ll want to reduce your cooking time though to make sure you don’t overcook them. Adjust by 10-15 minutes less and check by poking a sharp knife into the centre of your lasagne.