Cheese & bacon lasagne

Cheese & bacon lasagne

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(99 ratings)

Prep: 35 mins Cook: 40 mins

Easy

Serves 6
This freezable, family-friendly recipe is economical and has a wonderful comfort-food feel about it

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition:

  • kcal425
  • fat22g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs37g
  • sugars14g
  • fibre4g
  • protein23g
  • salt3.03g
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Ingredients

  • 3 large onions, halved and thinly sliced
    Onion

    Onion

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    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 tsp dried oregano
    Oregano

    Oregano

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    Closely related to marjoram, of which it is the wild equivalent, oregano has a coarser, more…

  • 300g pack lean smoked back bacon, chopped
    Bacon

    Bacon

    bay-kon

    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 leaves, 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

    Milk

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    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

    Butter

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    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • generous grating fresh nutmeg
    Nutmeg

    Nutmeg

    nut-meg

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

  • 50g grated parmesan
    Parmesan

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

Method

  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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kjbutche
20th Oct, 2010
5.05
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
4th Oct, 2010
5.05
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!
lizglendinning
29th Sep, 2010
4.05
I loved this but my husband not too impressed with the onions. Any suggestions for substitute?
weemee
23rd Sep, 2010
2.05
It was ok but I wouldn't say it is any cheaper to make than beef lasagne. Faster yes. Found myself thinking how much nicer it would taste with a bit of mince!
bettyrose
4th Sep, 2010
5.05
Great recipe, easy and a hit with all the family!
sgundlach
21st Aug, 2010
4.05
rmellor18
6th Aug, 2010
4.05
I bulked it up with some carrots, mushrooms and peppers and put some extra cheddar on the top. Delicious and cheap!
valbuk
5th Aug, 2010
4.05
A good standby recipe - easy to make and great for families. I halved the recipe and it made plenty for 3 adults - made the day before and kept covered uncooked in the fridge - it cooked really well and had a good flavour. A lighter lasagne and not as oily as some I have eaten. I did use dried lasagne sheets - half a pack (about 8 sheets) for the half recipe but decided to pre-cook the sheets to keep it moist. Im adding the recipe to my 'tried,tested and enjoyed' !
valbuk
5th Aug, 2010
4.05
A good standby recipe - easy to make and great for families. I halved the recipe and it made plenty for 3 adults - made the day before and kept covered uncooked in the fridge - it cooked really well and had a good flavour. A lighter lasagne and not as oily as some I have eaten. I did use dried lasagne sheets - half a pack (about 8 sheets) for the half recipe but decided to pre-cook the sheets to keep it moist. Im adding the recipe to my 'tried,tested and enjoyed' !
lucysophie13
21st Jul, 2010
5.05
We absolutely loved this - even my bacon hating daughter scraped her plate clean (told her it was ham), also I put mushrooms in which seemed to add extra flavour. There was enough for a couple of meals which we have just reheated and eaten tonight - maybe we are not very fussy, but it tasted fine to me.

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