Classic lasagne

Classic lasagne

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(120 ratings)

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

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus a little for greasing
    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…

  • ½ quantity tomato sauce (see below)
  • 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 fresh pack lasagne sheets
  • ½ quantity white sauce (see below)
  • 125g ball mozzarella

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).

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aqueous123
12th Jan, 2014
This is a fantastic recipe, I make the ragu in double quantities and freeze half so next time I make it it's much quicker. I think it needs a bit of a kick so I add some Worcester sauce but it's still good as it comes.
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EmmasApron
3rd Dec, 2013
I have made this many times and it’s always well received. I made a few weeks ago for a family meal and for my brothers girlfriend who is a veggie. I used the same sauces etc just used quorn in hers instead (she will have stock, just not meat) and she loved it. I make batches of this sauce to keep in the freezer and use it with pasta and meatballs
pamheathcote
31st Oct, 2013
I must be missing something. I was hoping to get a meat eaters and veggie option out of same recipe as it suggests. It seems to me that neither the red or white sauce are substantial enough for a veggie meal. I am looking forward to the meaty version though having read the reviews. I am a keen user of this site but much preferred the original version. I find this one very slow and not easy to navigate
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eskrimadiva
7th Aug, 2013
Lovely recipe. I added chopped celery celeryand fresh chillies to the tomato sauce. Little kick that went down well :-)
barristerboy
21st Jul, 2013
Brilliant recipe! My kids absolutely love this. 5 stars. Tomato sauce is above where it says 'Tip.' Use the arrows to go to the second page.
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Rowena Wilkes
27th Jun, 2013
3.05
Where is the tomato sauce recipe?? I find this new website layout so confusing.
zaanstad
11th Jul, 2013
I agree, this new site is terrible, whoever is responsible should be sacked.
kevandlisa
29th Jun, 2013
Underneath the main instructions there's a seperate 'tip' box, the first tip is making the white sauce recipe (with 1/2 just underneath) , if you click on the arrow either side it brings up the the tomato sauce recipe (2/2).
vjackman1976
30th Jul, 2013
When I click on the arrows nothing happens. I'm guessing that the site is not very compatible with Chrome, which is pretty annoying.
ciaraheffron
10th May, 2013
5.05
Absolutely gorgeous! I made a veggie version also using quorum mince! Both beautiful!

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