Cheese & bacon lasagne

Prep: 35 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 6
This freezable, family-friendly recipe is economical and has a wonderful comfort-food feel about it

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable


  • kcal425
  • fat22g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs37g
  • sugars14g
  • fibre4g
  • protein23g
  • salt3.03g
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  • 3 large onion, halved and thinly sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    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…

  • 1 tsp dried oregano



    Closely related to marjoram, of which it is the wild equivalent, oregano has a coarser, more…

  • 300g pack lean smoked back bacon, chopped



    Bacon is pork that has been cured one of two ways: dry or wet. It can be bought as both rashers…

  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes in rich juice
  • 20 basil leaf, roughly torn, plus extra to serve if you like
  • 250g pack fresh egg lasagne (check pack for cooking instructions)

For the white sauce

  • 600ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 50g each butter and plain flour



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • generous grating fresh nutmeg
  • 50g grated Parmesan



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Fry the onions in the oil for about 15 mins until golden. Add the oregano and bacon and fry for 5 mins more, stirring frequently. Tip in the tomatoes, season and bubble uncovered for 5 mins. Remove from the heat and stir in the basil.

  2. Meanwhile, make the white sauce. Pour the milk into a pan and tip in the butter and flour. Whisk continuously over a moderate heat to incorporate the flour, then simmer, stirring until thickened. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.

  3. Spoon a third of the tomato sauce on the base of a lasagne dish. Top with a third of the lasagne sheets. Then top with a third sauce, a third lasagne, the last of the tomato sauce and finally the last sheets of lasagne. Pour over the white sauce and scatter with the cheese and an extra grating of nutmeg. Chill. If eating straight away, bake at 190C/170C fan/gas 5 for 40 mins until golden and bubbling. Scatter with basil, if you like, and serve with a salad and garlic bread.

  4. To freeze, cool completely, then wrap in cling film, then foil. Will store for 3 months. To serve, thaw for 6 hrs in a cool place. Unwrap and bake at 190C/170C fan/gas 5 for 50-60 mins until thoroughly heated through.

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Comments (83)

sgcookie's picture

Great! Everybody loves it. I add the cubes of mozzarella sprinkled over each layer of the sauce.

janelow's picture

Tried this for the first time tonight and it was an instant hit with the family. I too added baby spinach to bulk it out with an extra veg! Delicious mid week supper which everyone is already asking when I can cook it again! Yum yum!!

dunnepearl36's picture

Enjoyed this recipe and will cook again. I purchased cooking bacon from my supermarket which made it more economical and added some sliced peppers and mushrooms to give it more bulk. As there are only 2 of us I divided the mixture between 2 dishes and froze one to eat next week.

peony1's picture

So simple my 4 year old was telling me how to make it. I'm not a huge fan of lasagne but this was really nice.

donnacha's picture

Very nice dish, and fairly easy to do too. I did think there was too much juice after cooking though, but aside from that, delish!

jorjeth's picture

Absolutely delicious!

emzzielou2012's picture

im about to try this but going to use pork mince too. bought the lasagne sauces by dolmeo and was going to cheat but saw this so ill ust tins of chopped tomatoes but not got oregano or basil so will use mixed herbs and bacon and mince... (still cheating with dolmeo white sauce tho lol) fingers crossed this works out :) sounds DELISH tho will rate it when i done to let ya all know how it works out :) xxx

evanshayleyleanne's picture

This is nice- but I have made other variations of lasagne that I prefer.

danbinks75's picture

Tasty, but dish size was a problem, and the ingredients didn't stretch as far as I anticipated.

adellehart's picture

Yummy, I took note of other people's suggestions and added mushrooms and a bag of baby spinach. I also added 2 cloves of garlic to the onions, a splash of red wine with the tomatoes along with a teaspoon of sugar, added about 25g of parmesan into the white sauce and dotted the top of the lasagna with sliced tomato. Served 2 adults and an 18 month old with the same again left over.

cblampied's picture

I enjoyed making this and thought it tasted great, although I am not sure I like parmesan so I will try it with cheddar next time. I also added chicken as well as I was cooking for meat lovers

kvt396k's picture

This is my very favourite lasagne recipe. Much tastier and easier to prepare than a traditional lasage and all the family love is which is a bonus.

flirtinflight's picture

So delicious, even my toddler enjoyed it. Went down a treat when we had company round for dinner. Will cook again!

rrooke's picture

Imade this tonight & it was really tasty & a nice change from minced beef. I made a few small changes to it according to what I had in cupboard/freezer. I used a combination150g of non-smoked backed bacon & 150g of smoked. I also added mushrooms to bulk it out a bit. I used dried basil as I had no fresh & I used cheddar instead of parmesan as it was all I had. We all enjoyed it even my extremely fussy 3 year old who had seconds!

tamora's picture

Tried this on Saturday. Delicious - husband and 3 teenage children all moved to comment! Simple, quick and cheap to make too.

kerryyaxley's picture

We all loved this and all came up with ideas for extra veg in it. Trying it again next week with mushrooms and spinach.

chinnymummy's picture

I made this for my family and it was really easy to make and got rave reviews! I'll definitely be making this again!

home2corby's picture

Sorry thought I'd add I've yet to make it with fresh pasta & 20 Basil leaves!!

home2corby's picture

Made this dish a few times & is a winner with the family ~ made different versions of tom sauce adding carrott & celery or mushrooms. Extra Bacon and cheese always appreciated!! would recommend

evegeorgina's picture

We had this for our supper last night, my cooking skills aren't up to much, but this came out perfect. I reduced the quantity and only did two layers instead of 3 as only two eating but next time i'll probably do the full batch so got more leftovers as the night after I have cravings for it again. Oh and I didn't have enough parmesan so added some very strong mature cheddar which worked very well.

Thanks for the recipe.


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