Classic lasagne

Classic lasagne

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(121 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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utterchaos
28th Nov, 2012
I've made this lasagna quite a few times now and it always comes out delicious although I leave out the prosciutto. The white sauce is very easy to make.
HappyCook29
1st Nov, 2012
Please can I have some information with regard to freezing. Am I able to defrost to then cook for the recommended length of time ? Or have I got to cook it from frozen for the normal cooking plus extra time Many thanks
formidablelady
13th Oct, 2012
5.05
Absolutely delicious and easy to make. It made enough for our family of 3 to have it 2 nights.
michellesmith9
9th Oct, 2012
5.05
Yummy! I added finely chopped basil and parsley, a couple of tins of plum tomatoes and some tomato purée.
gdcolledge
3rd Oct, 2012
4.05
Made this tonight. Very tasty, particularly with the proscuitto and mozarella on top. Will definitely drain the mince next time or buy lean mince as the only downside to the dish was that the final product was quite oily.
gdcolledge
3rd Oct, 2012
4.05
Made this tonight. Very tasty, particularly with the proscuitto and mozarella on top. Will definitely drain the mince next time or buy lean mince as the only downside to the dish was that the final product was quite oily.
sarahmariejones
6th Aug, 2012
5.05
Delicious. My blender broke so I simply used a ready made red sauce. But assed all the items described above in order to create the right flavour. Delicious. I made the night before and popped in the fridge
mollybichon1
2nd Aug, 2012
5.05
Gorgeous!! Family loved i!!
katiebrien
13th Jun, 2012
5.05
Ragu was amazing, and white sauce. Made this for friends and tasted absolutely delicious, however it did take a huge amount of effort!
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Rowena Wilkes
3rd May, 2012
3.05
I found this lasagne a bit too rich. I think it was probably down to the white sauce. The ragu and the tomato sauce on the other hand was brilliant. I will definately be using them both for future lasagnes and bolognaises. I didnt have the problem with excess oil that others had, I can only assume that the mince wasnt lean enough

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