Classic lasagne on a plate with salad

Classic lasagne

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(159 ratings)

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


Serves 6

Prepare this easy lasagne ahead of time and save in the freezer, uncooked, for when you need it during a busy week. Then just bake for an extra 45 mins

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 the dish
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    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…

  • half quantity of our tomato sauce (see the recipe), or 800g passata
  • 200ml hot beef stock
  • a little grated nutmeg



    One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury

  • 300g pack fresh lasagne sheets
  • half quantity of our white sauce (see the recipe), or 520g ready-made sauce
  • 125g ball mozzarella, torn into thin strips


  1. To make the meat sauce, heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan and cook 750g lean beef mince in two batches for about 10 mins until browned all over.

  2. Finely chop 4 slices of prosciutto from a 90g pack, then stir through the meat mixture.

  3. Pour over 800g passata or half our basic tomato sauce recipe and 200ml hot beef stock. Add a little grated nutmeg, then season.

  4. Bring up to the boil, then simmer for 30 mins until the sauce looks rich.

  5. Heat oven to 180C/fan/160C/gas 4 and lightly oil an ovenproof dish (about 30 x 20cm).

  6. Spoon one third of the meat sauce into the dish, then cover with some fresh lasagne sheets from a 300g pack. Drizzle over roughly 130g ready-made or homemade white sauce.

  7. Repeat until you have 3 layers of pasta. Cover with the remaining 390g white sauce, making sure you can’t see any pasta poking through.

  8. Scatter 125g torn mozzarella over the top.

  9. Arrange the rest of the prosciutto on top. Bake for 45 mins until the top is bubbling and lightly browned.

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9th Nov, 2017
I'm with you on this! The recipes used to be part of the tips section. Wonder if there's a way to find the original.
24th Sep, 2017
Amazing recipe, i used a jarred white sauce as i was feeling lazy, but the homemade tomato sauce makes this recipe and is very easy to make. have added this to one of our family favourites; my kids 8 and 6 loved this.
24th Feb, 2017
Absolutely delicious. I used jarred Bolognese and white sauce rather than home made (Simply because I had to use them up) and this came out really nice. I can only imagine it'll be even better with home made sauces. I will be sure to try it again like this very soon!
31st Jan, 2017
Tasted great but I don't understand why the recipe is to make double the amount of tomato sauce needed and then says that half of it can be frozen...
4th Nov, 2017
It saves time when you make it again. I might even start making 4 times the amount!!!
Ryan Christophe...
18th Oct, 2016
Cracking recipe. Surprisingly simple too. I played around with the cheeses on top which seemed to work well.
17th Oct, 2016
Fantastic lasagne recipe! This was my first time making a lasagne and I found the recipe easy to follow with great results! I was a bit anxious as I was cooking for 11 people (and so made 2 set of sauces) I prepared them in advance, froze them and once cooked they turned out beautifully. I added worcester sauce to the beef when frying and seasoned my white sauce with plenty of salt, pepper and a bit of nutmeg. Like others,I found it did need quite a bit more milk than the recipe suggests. Nonetheless, Delicious!
25th Aug, 2016
Thank you - this lasagne tastes great. I have made it yesterday and everyone loved it. The recipe is very clear. I have used 2/3 of white sauce instead 1/2 (I like it more saucy).
31st May, 2016
Are all the quantities of this receipe doubled or just the ones to make the sauce? Is 750g of mince to make 2 lasagnes or 1?...
28th May, 2016
I didn't have prosciutto and didn't blend the tomato sauce (forgot before I added the meat) but this was the best lasagne I've ever made - delicious!


26th Sep, 2014
So just to clarify, to make just one Lasagne: halve ALL the ingrediants (recipe and both sauces in the Tip section)? Or just halve the sauces in the Tip section? Thanks
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15th Oct, 2014
Hi there thanks for your question. You just need to halve the quantities of both the sauces in the tip boxes. 
29th Aug, 2014
Hello, I was just wondering of by lwaving the wine out it would make a huge difference and what to use instead as my 9month old will be eating this ( I know the alcohol burns off) and I personally dont like wine so dont have it to hand. I have loved all your other recipes cant wait to tey this and its perfect as I need to freeze so partner can 'cook'
14th Jul, 2014
Can't see the recipe for the tomato sauce?
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21st Jul, 2014
Hi Val. The recipe for the tomato sauce can be found in the tips, just below the ingredients list. If you click onto the second tip using the arrow on the right, you'll find everything you need. Enjoy!
9th Nov, 2017
These recipes from the tips section have disappeared. Is there anyway to get these back?
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9th Nov, 2017
Thanks for your question. You'll find the recipes by clicking on the links embedded in the recipe method. Hope that helps.
20th Apr, 2014
How can I follow a recipe that tells me to use 1/2 quantity tomato sauce and 1/2 quantity white sauce without telling me what is the full quantity of each. Is it half a pint or half a quart or half a gallon?!!! I agree with lizzieo-88 but am not even going to venture to make this recipe. It's nonsense. I wonder how those who have said it's a good recipe went on when it came to the tomato and white sauces.
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19th Feb, 2014
I'm confused. Is this for two lots of lasagne i.e two oven dishes. Also, is this for two oven dishes worth and then there is half the white sauce and tomato sauce to freeze? Or where the recipe states you need half the white/tomato sauce, the other half is for the 2nd lasagne? I'm confused. Any clarification would be appreciated. I'm eager to make it.
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28th Feb, 2014
Hi there, thanks for getting in touch. Yes, this recipe is for making one lasagne to eat now and then freezing one for another time. So you could halve the quantaties if you just wanted to make one.


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