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

    ol-iv oyl

    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)

tooker's picture

All family enjoyed my daughter just wanted the onions cutting smaller. Will definitely be doing this dish again

beauty79's picture

Looking forward to trying this the weekend. Looks simple to make, which is ideal for me.

clur79's picture

I love this recipe but I like to make it with pancakes rather than lasagne sheets for a slightly lighter feeling dish.

vapeen96's picture

best lasagne ever had! i forgot the oregano and nutmeg, yet it was a hit. My wife loved it. It's not that great on the following day, when you reheat though...

wendy1427's picture

Gorgeous! The best lasagne i have ever made. Added a bit of garlic and some mushrooms - would probably add more veg next time.

vrog's picture

Had to use dried lasagne, but was delighted with how moist the result was. Can see the potential to add spinach, mushrooms, other veg, but also delicious as it was. Definitely one to be made again.

gilengd's picture

Really easy, and with brilliant results. Made it for entertaining and everyone cleaned their plate and had seconds!

frolo743's picture

oops, sorry, forgot the stars!

frolo743's picture

I made this tonight with the addition of mushrooms & frozen spinach - went down a treat! Definitely a keeper!

sharoncam's picture

My family thought there was to much onion.

deb3052's picture

My 10 year old daughter made this for my birthday supper, it was so easy to make and the result was yummy ideal for all the family. We didn't have fresh Basil or lasagne so we used dried but it was still delicous.

will_wild's picture

This was delicious, I think the fresh basil makes it!

I used dried lasagne sheets instead and it worked just as well, it just took a little more oven time

I'll definitely be doing this again

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alexine's picture

and forgot to say don't forget a pinch of sugar in the tomato mixture and fresh mozarella on top :-D

alexine's picture

Oops didn't rate it!

alexine's picture

Absolutely delicious! I used dried lasagne, pre-cooked it in some boiled water and then kept the sheets with a little olive oil between to stop them sticking. I also added some garlic and cheddar cheese and lots of black pepper to the white sauce (made a roux first couldn't bring myself to throw it all in the pan together!) - I sort of halved the recipe using what I had and it fitted perfectly in the lasagne dish I have. Will definately be making this one again!

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Oops, didn't rate it!

nikkiweller's picture

I've made this numerous times now, always with great success. I halve the quantities to fit the dish that I have and it works well. I also add mushrooms for added flavour

kjbutche's picture

This dish has become one of my regulars. It's so tasty, and I actually make this more frequently than a 'traditional' lasagne mainly because it's so straightforward and easy. You absolutely must get the best quality bacon you can though.

kitphisto's picture

this was my first lasagne and it was great. looked really tasty and was. Very easy to make, it has become a regular feature at our dinner table. I even make more white sauce as it's my favourite bit!


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