Classic lasagne

Classic lasagne

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Cooking time

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

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 6

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

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
580
protein
44g
carbs
31g
fat
32g
saturates
14g
fibre
3g
sugar
8g
salt
1.71g

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus a little for greasing
  • 750g lean beef mince
  • 90g pack prosciutto
  • 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

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Method

  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).

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2009

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alfie01's picture
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Although the sauces took a while to do - it was worth it as it was a big hit with the family.

vix1301's picture

Excellent and tasty. I did this for my family on 27.12.10 and they loved it. I actually added mushrooms into the meat, as these are one of my families favourites. All the same, I will never, ever again buy lasagne in the shop. It was effortless and not very time consuming. Thanks BBC xxx

readj31's picture
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My mates and I have a regular friday night cook off - last week was lasagna - i have have to say i won hands down with this recipe! Top marks from me!

m1tchell1966's picture
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Well it kept me occupied for a couple of hours, what a shame it wasn't worth the effort! I have never made such a bland, tasteless and disappointing lasagne! Won't be making this one again, I shall stick to my usual recipe in future. :o(

alethea000's picture

As far as the fat content goes, I believe everything is in moderation, the comments seem to be concerned by high fat content but then some rate chocolate and chip recipes! This is not an authentic recipe of which there are many but hey, it's quick to assemble and tasty if made the day before and then slowly reheated..

arc01160's picture
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Great recipe - I used extra lean beef mine and there was no fat to drain off. Easy to make - went down so well last week I'm making it again today :-)

ShivyDevon's picture
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Gorgeous - the proscuitto makes this dish. I did use cheddar once when I ran out of mozzerella but it was as nice. The tomato sauce is lovely and freezes very well!

devaodoherty's picture
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Couldn't have been happier with this recipe and the resulting dish. I ended up using the entire batch of white sauce, perhaps mine reduced a little too much but thankfully it didn't effect the outcome. Served with homemade garlic bread and a lovely big salad. Will definitely make again!

daniyel's picture

Many Thanks, I deal for my fmily setup/
The vegan version can be prepared as Kosher.
Simple straight forward and all family members happy with full tummy!!

elduderino1978's picture
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Delicious.....Made the tomato sauce , white sauce even made my own lasagne sheets.....Delicious

little_lady's picture

I used this recipe as I wanted a base for making my own lasagne, to which I put in onions, peppers and mushrooms with the mince. This recipe helped me with quantities, temperature and timings; although next time I make this I will be following the recipe for the sauce. Thanks for helping with a great tasting lasagne that all the family enjoyed!

loisstella's picture
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Love this recipe. Perfect comfort (hangover?) food. About to make this again today and adding some finely chopped onion and carrot. Just to add some veg / bite.

shazzyfizz's picture
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I made this for my partner's grandchildren and they loved it. I think it's because the tomato sauce is blended so no veg is visible to the eye.

I serve it with homemade garlic bread and a big crunchy colourful salad

povvy4's picture
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food orgasm!

keziaelisabeth's picture

This is quite a strange recipe in that the cheese sauce has no cheese and the mince has no onions. Also it only makes about 5 decent servings, and it tastes very greasy, so even if you are not worried about the fat content for the sake of being healthy, it also affects the taste. I drained off almost two mug-fulls of fat and oil, yuck!

ghensler's picture
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brilliant recipe, to cut down on the fat a little i actually used vegetarian mince (although not veggie myself) it was still delicious and no one even noticed!!! Fantstic menu

chrispab's picture
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This was delicious!
I used home made pasta (very easy to make - 200g '00' or strong white bread flour and 2 eggs).

Made up into two smaller lasagnes - one for freezing.

The tomato sauce, although good, set me off on a search for a good basic tomato sauce. I found this one:

http://elise.com/recipes/archives/004234basic_tomato_sauce.php

Looks good, and I plan to use it next time I make this - and for other recipes.

I also found I needed more milk in the white sauce to make it more runny. Original didn't coat the back of the spoon, just engulfed it.

Best Lasagne I have ever tasted - let alone made.

cbridgeman's picture
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I made this for the first time this week and it was simply delicious. I hope to never buy ready-made red and white sauce or lasagne meals again. I served it with cheesy garlic bread (another recipe from this website) and a side salad of rocket, watercress and spinach leaves. This is the first recipe that I have tried from this website and as I am not a confident cook, it took a while to get to grips with but it has encouraged me to try others as the end result was worth it.

kellywalsh79's picture
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A great recipe that once you've made the sauces is very quick and easy to prepare. Definitely worth making big batches of the sauces and freezing them.

buzz88's picture
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Wow, i'm usually very critical about my food, this recipe is fantastic. I tweeked things a little, I added some small bacon cubes, Oregano, a chopped green pepper and some mushrooms to the meat mix. The rest of the recipe I kept the same and the family thought it was the best Lasagne they have had.

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