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How to make lasagne
Making lasagne is incredibly easy, particularly if you’ve purchasing the pre-made sauces. However, even where creating everything from scratch, lasagne can still serve up a delicious meal with relatively little efforts and lots of taste. In this article I cover how to make lasagne the easy way, as well as completely from scratch; I then finish off with instructions as to how to make lasagne the healthier way! As always let me know how you’ve gotten on with your cooking in the comments section!
How to Make Lasagne: A Video Guide
How to Make Lasagne: The Ingredients
- 700g Mince meat
- Shop bought lasagne cheese sauce
- Shop bought lasagna tomato sauce
- Any additional vegetables you wish (e.g. mushrooms, onions, sweetcorns etc.)
- Pasta sheets
- Block of cheddar cheese
How to Make Lasagne: The Instructions
- Begin by heating up your oven to the cooking temperature of 180C for fan assisted ovens or 160C for gas ovens.
- Place your mince (which should be thoroughly defrosted) into a preheated pan with oil; you may need to cook the mince in two batches unless you have a super large saucepan. Cooking time should come in at around 10 minutes.
- Add the sauce to the mince, stirring everything in together on a low heat.
- Pour in a layer of mince into your lasagne bowl.
- Top with pasta sheets (I use just a single layer, although some may prefer two); be sure to cover as much of the area as possible with the sheets.
- Cover the sheets with a thin layer of cheese sauce and add a sprinkle of grated cheese.
- Repeat this until you run out of mince; save the most cheese sauce and grated cheese for the topping.
- Place your lasagne in the oven. You should test the suplety of the lasagne sheets by using a kebab skewer prior to removing if you’re just getting used to cooking lasagne. The timing part of cooking lasagne is rather important and must be done by the clock, if you don’t you risk doing my school boy error of serving up some rather crunchy pasta layers!
Lasagne: Nutritional values
|Serving size: One Serving|
|Calories from Fat||288|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 32 g||49%|
|Saturated fat 14 g||70%|
|Unsaturated fat 10 g|
|Carbohydrates 31 g||10%|
|Sugar 8 g|
|Fiber 3 g||12%|
|Protein 44 g||88%|
|Cholesterol 17 mg||6%|
|Sodium 2 mg|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
How to make lasagna: From scratch
For those who are a little more adventurous here follows the ingredients and instructions for how to make lasagna completely from scratch (first covering the creation of cheese sauce, and then the tomato sauce); you can then use these in replacement of the shop bought sauces described in the recipe above.
How to Make White Cheese Lasagne Sauce
- 25g/1oz Butter
- 25g/1oz Flour
- 550 ml/1 Pint milk
- 70g/3 oz Block of cheese
Being by melting the butter slowly over a medium heat in a saucepan.
Gently stir in the flour and simmer for between one and two minutes.
Remove the pan from the hob and stir the milk in bit by bit. Place the saucepan back onto the hob once the milk has all been added and bring back up to a simmer.
Simmer for around eight minutes and add in seasoning to taste.
Stir in your grated cheese and let it heat through slowly; take care not to heat to boiling point again otherwise the sauce will become lumpy.
How to Make Tomato Sauce for Lasagne
2 Cans canned tomatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 Tablespoons tomato paste
2 Cups water
1 Teaspoon sugar
2 Garlic cloves
3 Pinches black pepper
3 Pinches salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 Tablespoons tomato paste
1⁄2 Teaspoon dried basil
2 Cans tomato sauce
Add the tomatoes into a bowl (stir them to break them up).
In a separate saucepan add in olive oil and bring up to a medium heat.
Add in the onions, garlic, salt, basil, oregano and black pepper and bring up to a simmer.
Add the remainder of the ingredients and stir well. Bring up to the simmer, cover and leave for around twenty minutes, being sure to stir the mixture from time to time.
How to make a delicious vegetable lasagne
How to make lasagne in an altogether healthier way
Lasagne makes for a truly delicious and completely comforting dish, however it isn’t without its calorie content, and a rather high one at that. If you want to make your lasagne a whole lot healthier than there are few more effective a way than going vegetarian (whether this be by using a selection of vegetables, or opting for a straight up replacement of your mince for quorn meat).
A note for meat lovers: For those wanting to know how to make lasagne that little bit healthier whilst still maintaining their meat content there are always lighter options for both the cheese and tomato sauce if buying pre made. As well as this you could also reduce the amount of cheese that you use, as well as reducing the number of lasagne layers to a minimum.
Healthy (and meat free lasagna) nutritional values
The fat content of this dish is incredibly low when compared to its meat alternate, what’s more at only 323 calories per serving this recipe means that you can enjoy lasagna free from guilt. The following nutritional advice is for a quorn version and so a vegetable lasagne would likely come in at healthier levels than the following still.
323 kcal (11.0%of your GDA)
8.2g (12.0%of your GDA)
3.6g (18.0%of your GDA)
7.5g (8.0%of your GDA)
How to make lasagne side dishes that are fit for a banquet
Lasagne side dishes that are traditionally served up are each as super easy as the last and available in either shop bought or homemade forms. Here are a few such ideas to make for the perfect complement to your lasagne.
An essential garden side salad
A traditional Italian salad (Pesto, olive oil, pine nuts and rocket salad)
Rice and bean mix