Classic lasagne on a plate with salad

Classic lasagne

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

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 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

    Prosciutto

    proh-shoo-toe

    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
    Nutmeg

    Nutmeg

    nut-meg

    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

Method

  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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8david8
25th Mar, 2016
I made a text file of this recipe a while back for use on my phone. Since then the white sauce and tomato sauce instructions have disappeared. If anyone is wondering, this is what I retrieved earlier:- White sauce Melt 85g/3oz butter in a saucepan, stir in 85g/3oz plain flour, then cook for 2 mins. Slowly whisk in 750ml/1¼pt milk, then bring to the boil, stirring. Turn down heat, then cook until the sauce starts to thicken and coats the back of a wooden spoon. Sauce can now be cooled and kept in the fridge for up to 3 days or frozen for 3 months. Tomato Sauce Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a saucepan. Add 2 onions, finely chopped, 2 garlic cloves, sliced and 1 carrot, roughly chopped. Cook for 5-7 mins over a medium heat until softened. Turn up the heat a little and stir in 2 tbsp tomato purée. Cook for 1 min, pour in 200ml white wine, then cook for 5 mins until this has reduced by two-thirds. Pour over 3 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes and add 1 handful basil leaves. Bring to the boil then simmer for 20 mins. Leave to cool, whizz in a food processor.
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Georgina Dalton
21st Mar, 2018
Thank you so much for sharing this! This tomato sauce recipe is the best, why did they remove it????
Mummy_Cooks
26th Jan, 2018
Thank you thank you thank you!!! I've been making this recipe for years and absolutely swear by it. Been tearing my hair out trying to remember the tomato sauce recipe (should remember it considering I've made this a million times!) and fruitlessly searching for it online. My lasagne is now saved! Thank you, you wonderful wonderful man )!
Oatman
7th Apr, 2016
White sauce has no flavour. You should use a bechamel sauce. Onion, celery, carrot peppercorns, salt, clove, blade of mace, bay leaf and bunch of fresh herbs. Bring 1 pint milk slowly to a boil and turn off the heat. Infuse for half an hour or more. Try that. Much more taste! Thanks Mrs Beeton.
Mummy_Cooks
26th Jan, 2018
I feel that the ragu is so rich and flavourful, the plain white sauce actually balances it nicely. I do usually grate some parmesan onto the white sauce on each layer for an extra punch of flavour though.
sarahlarkin
1st Apr, 2016
Hi , do you use half of this sauce for the lasagne and freeze the rest...or is this is half recipe? Many thanks!
Mummy_Cooks
26th Jan, 2018
Yes, half the white and tomato sauce for this quantity lasagne. Then freeze the rest and enjoy making a quick and easy lasagne next time!
nicolahh31
6th Dec, 2015
I've made this several times and it's really tasty! I don't include the prosciutto or nutmeg, and cheat on the white sauce by getting it from a jar. It tastes great and is easy to make.
Helr434
7th Oct, 2015
Fab recipe! Tastes delicious. The ragu sauce is really nice. I added mushrooms, pepper an onion and celery chopped small and it was really nice. I left mine in the slow cooker on low for 5 hours and it was lovely and rich. A thumbs up from all the family including a toddler and teenagers!
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MrsGichini95
24th Sep, 2015
Really enjoyed this meal, it was easy to make once taking it step-by-step. I used bought white sauce but just added more milk and some paprika - worked really well! I also added roasted, then slightly blended peppers, to the sauce. It's a great recipe, with a bit of flexibility in terms of what you can add! Definitely worth a try!

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