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A plate serving slow cooker lasagne

Slow cooker lasagne

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Prep: 1 hr, 15 mins Cook: 3 hrs

Easy

Serves 4

Slow cook your next lasagne for extra tender mince – and this version is low-fat and low-calorie. A healthy family meal to give you comfort on cold nights

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal448
  • fat12g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs46g
  • sugars19g
  • fibre9g
  • protein33g
  • salt0.71g
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Ingredients

  • 2 tsp rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • 2 onions, finely chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

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

  • 4 celery sticks (about 175g), finely diced
  • 4 carrots (320g), finely diced
    Carrot

    Carrot

    ka-rot

    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 400g lean (5% fat) mince beef
    Beef

    Beef

    bee-f

    The classic cut of meat for a British Sunday roast, beef is full of flavour, as well as being a…

  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tsp vegetable bouillon
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    Balsamic vinegar

    Balsamic vinegar

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    True Balsamic vinegar is an artisan product from Modena, in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and is made…

  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 6 wholewheat lasagne sheets (105g)

For the sauce

  • 400ml whole milk

    Milk

    mill-k

    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 50g wholemeal flour
    Flour

    Flour

    fl-ow-er

    Flour is a powdery ingredient usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As…

  • 1 bay leaf
  • generous grating of nutmeg
    Nutmeg

    Nutmeg

    nut-meg

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

  • 15g finely 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. Heat the slow cooker if necessary. Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan and fry the onions, celery, carrots and garlic for 5-10 mins, stirring frequently until softened and starting to colour. Tip in the meat and break it down with a wooden spoon, stirring until it browns. Pour in the tomatoes with a quarter of a can of water, the tomato purée, bouillon, balsamic vinegar, thyme and plenty of black pepper, return to the boil and cook for 5 mins more.

  2. Spoon half the mince in the slow cooker and top with half the lasagne, breaking it where necessary so it covers as much of the meat layer as possible. Top with the rest of the meat, and then another layer of the lasagne. Cover and cook on Low while you make the sauce.

  3. Tip the milk and flour into a pan with the bay leaf and nutmeg and cook on the hob, whisking continuously until thickened. Carry on cooking for a few mins to cook the flour. Remove the bay leaf and stir in the cheese. Pour onto the pasta and spread out with a spatula, then cover and cook for 3 hours until the meat is cooked and the pasta is tender. Allow to settle for 10 mins before serving with salad.

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lizleicester
31st Oct, 2017
4.05
If I make this again, I will not use wholemeal flour for the sauce because it made it less good than a basic bechamel. The large amount of veg in the meat mix was lovely.
ersdtfghvbj
21st Mar, 2019
Sorry but how is this amount of sugar healthy? Where is the sugar coming from, and how can I remove it.
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goodfoodteam
21st Mar, 2019
Thanks for your question. The 19g per serving is correct. These are naturally occurring sugars - the main contributors are milk (containing the milk sugar, lactose), carrots, onions and tomatoes. There's also a small amount coming from the balsamic vinegar (but very little per serving). These are naturally occurring sugars and not 'free' sugars which are the ones we're advised to cut back on. Also, because these sugars are combined with sources of protein and fats, they'll be digested much more slowly and have less of an impact on blood sugar levels.
CumbriaCountrys...
20th Feb, 2019
Can you explain what it means by 2tsp vegetable bouillon? Is it literally 2tsp of the granules? If so is there a lower salt alternative to doing this that I could do for a baby eating this?
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goodfoodteam
22nd Feb, 2019
Thanks for your question. Yes it's 2 tsp of the bouillon powder and it is available with reduced salt or Steenbergs do a no salt variety (available online).
Hginge
16th Feb, 2019
Can I make this without a slow cooker?
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goodfoodteam
19th Feb, 2019
Thanks for your question. We'd recommend using one of our lasagne recipes designed for oven-cooking. Take a look our our lasagne recipe collection here: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/lasagne
Rashmidixon
8th Feb, 2019
Hi, can we freeze this recipe?
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goodfoodteam
8th Feb, 2019
Thanks for your question. Yes you can freeze this recipe.
anngreen55
26th Jan, 2019
Do you cook on high or low?
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goodfoodteam
28th Jan, 2019
Thanks for your question - yes, this is cooked on Low as mentioned in step 2. This continues for step 3.

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