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Slow cooker lasagne

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(23 ratings)

Prep: 1 hr, 15 mins Cook: 3 hrs


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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  • 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



    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



    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



    The classic choice of meat for a British Sunday roast. Beef is full of flavour, as…

  • 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



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

  • 50g wholemeal flour



    Flour is usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As the main…

  • 1 bay leaf
  • generous grating of nutmeg



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

  • 15g finely grated parmesan



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


  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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15th Sep, 2019
Awesome recipe- takes some of the hard work out of making lasagne. Meat is beautifully tender. We enjoy the fact that it is lower fat, but it still has a lot of flavour - even if you just use cheddar on top. We make it with gluten-free lasagne sheets & gluten-free flour and it works perfectly. Great weaning food, as so soft. We get about 10 servings from tweaking this recipe with extra mushroom and courgette. Easy to freeze.
10th Sep, 2019
Absolutely no point calling this a slow cooker recipe as it mostly required oven top cooking so you may as well put it in oven for nicer result.
24th Mar, 2019
The family prefer the baked version with crispy edges. This was very soft and didn’t save any preparation time.
31st Oct, 2017
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.
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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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.
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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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).
16th Feb, 2019
Can I make this without a slow cooker?
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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
8th Feb, 2019
Hi, can we freeze this recipe?
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8th Feb, 2019
Thanks for your question. Yes you can freeze this recipe.
26th Jan, 2019
Do you cook on high or low?
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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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