Classic lasagne

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr, 40 mins plus 1 hr for making sauces


Serves 6
Keep vegetarians and meat-eaters happy - make two classic sauces, then assemble your lasagnes

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal580
  • fat32g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs31g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre3g
  • protein44g
  • salt1.71g
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus a little for greasing
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 750g lean beef mince
  • 90g pack prosciutto



    Prosciutto is sweet, delicate ham intended to be eaten raw. The word 'prosciutto' is the…

  • ½ quantity tomato sauce (see below)
  • 200ml hot beef stock
  • a little grated nutmeg
  • 300g fresh pack lasagne sheets
  • ½ quantity white sauce (see below)
  • 125g ball mozzarella


  1. First make the ragu or meat sauce. Heat the oil in a frying pan, then cook the beef in two batches for about 10 mins until browned all over. Finely chop 4 slices of prosciutto, then stir through the meat mixture.

  2. Pour over the tomato sauce and stock, add the nutmeg, then season. Bring up to the boil, then simmer for 30 mins until the ragu looks rich and is well coated in sauce. Can be left for 3 days in the fridge or frozen for 3 months (although not if the tomato sauce has previously been frozen).

  3. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. To assemble lasagne, lightly oil an ovenproof serving dish (30 x 20cm). Spoon over a third of the ragu sauce, then cover with lasagne sheets. Drizzle over about one quarter of the white sauce. Repeat until you have 3 layers of pasta. Cover with the remaining half quantity of white sauce, making sure you can’t see any pasta poking through.

  4. Tear the mozzarella into thin strips, then scatter over the top. Arrange the rest of the prosciutto on top. Bake for 45 mins until the top is bubbling and lightly browned. (The uncooked lasagne can be frozen. If baking from frozen, add another 45 mins to the cooking time).

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Comments (137)

screamqueen666's picture

Made this receipe at the weekend and my whole family loved it, my hubby said it was the best lasagne he had ever tasted. A good result for someone who has only been cooking for about a year and still is very hit and miss. My normally fussy daughter raided the fridge for extra.:) will make again and again i'm sure

lynncuthbert's picture

Simple and effective, very very tasty.

mrs_venom's picture

My boyfriend loves this Lasagne, I make it, he eats it and does all the pots. All round winning recipe. Tastes amazing :)

chanelc's picture

This is a re-ocurring receipe for me and everyone I have made it for loves it! Does take some time to prepare, but I normally do it over a couple of days to save me spending too long in the kitchen on one day! Last time I made it, I split it into 3 foil takeaway trays I got from the supermarket and froze before oven cooking for easy meals for 2 after work! Worked a treat! I also add finely chopped onions, peppers and carrots to the meat mix as well as a tablespoon of red wine vinegar! Enjoy! X

yilishabai's picture

Absolutely loved this recipe, was a big hit with all the family and will definitely be doing it again. I also used the ragu sauce for my pizza, delish....

laurenelizabeth86's picture

Absolutely delicious!

jaketheginge's picture

ooooh, this recipe tickles my pickle!! ;)

seamus2910's picture

got me in the good books with the misses. Think I will add a bit more basil when i make the next one.


winnann's picture

The final result was very tasty. It took an age to make, so I was relieved we liked it after more than 3 hours in the kitchen. Looking forward to next time when all I have to do is take the sauces out of the freezer

kristicarrington's picture

Great recipe to make ahead and freeze, I also use the tomato sauce for other things.

weetabix's picture

This was a delicious lasagne..... absolutely have a go if you have never tried it before!

cburgess25's picture

Absolutely worth the effort. I found this to be the nicest, tastiest lasagne I've ever had - even comparing with luxury bought ones. I too drained the fat off and after making the sauce I left it in the fridge for a day to let the flavours develop. It was great to be able to make a meal that all 4 of us would eat. Definitely a meal I will be making on a regular basis.

julielesleysteed's picture

Made this lasagne for dinner tonight. It was beautiful!
I drained the meat so the fat content wasn't so high.
I've only ever made lasagne once because we don't like cheese
so this recipe was perfect for us!
Fabulous will definitely make again. 5*

moss2009's picture

This lasagne was delicious ! I made it over the course of 3 days as I have 3 kids, and have to grab my chances to cook when I can ! It came out a great success and was very tasty - time permitting I would always make lasagne from scratch this way.

pnlynch's picture

Super easy and very tasty.

megangwynne's picture

Brilliant recipe. i cooked it for my friends, and everyone loved. We also thought, that the taste got better and better. Would recommend!!

wendykr's picture

I drained a lot of the fat off the mince before adding the sauce and you could substitute some of the meat with mushrooms and onions to balance it out a bit.

For me the mozzarella got a bit lost on top of the lasagne, it could have easily been any kind of cheese, as it wasn't stringy when you cut into it, so I would probably substitute it with cheddar next time.

miss_laura's picture

Fantastic recipe; having been given the task of feeding 18 at a hen party with several being vegetarians I was stumped until I saw this one. I tripled the recipe and the hens positively raved about the final result... of course, that may have been the copius amounts of consumed wine talking whilst said lasagne was in the oven.

scarleteden's picture

Made this last night for lunch today. Although it all was eaten, and 4 young children enjoyed it, I have to say that I found it bland with no real depth of flavour. Whilst I was cooking the ragu I tasted it and thought then it needed something to give it a boost. I did add 2 teaspoons of sugar and a good glug of quality balsamic vinegar but even after that the resulting dish definitely wasnt as nice as I'd hoped. Sadly not a recipe I would cook again, would search out one that I thought would give more richness and flavour - shame....

alfie01's picture

Although the sauces took a while to do - it was worth it as it was a big hit with the family.


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