Make this classic Italian pasta recipe with layers of lean beef mince and tomato sauce topped with a cheddar and parmesan cheese sauce – a perfect way to warm up your winter weekend!
Serves: 6-8
Prep time: 35 mins
Cooking time: 2 hrs
Total time: 2 hrs 35 mins
Skill level: Bit of effort



Meat sauce:

    • 1 tbsp olive oil


    • 1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped


    • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped


    • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed


    • 500g (1lb) lean minced beef


    • 4 tbsp red wine


    • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup


    • 400g can chopped tomatoes


    • 2 tsp dried oregano


    • 2 bay leaves


White sauce:

    • 700ml (24fl oz) milk


    • 1 small onion, peeled and quartered


    • 3 tbsp cornflour


    • 100g (3½oz) ready-grated Cheddar and mozzarella, mixed


    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


    • Freshly grated nutmeg


    • 250-300g pack fresh lasagne sheets


    • 30g (1oz) Parmesan, grated


    • Large ovenproof baking dish






    1. To make the meat sauce: Heat the oil in large pan, add the onion and carrot and fry for 10 mins. Add the garlic, cook for another 2 mins and then tip this into a bowl.


    1. Brown the mince. Put onions back in, add the wine, ketchup, tomatoes, oregano and a bay leaf. Simmer for 30 mins.


    1. To make the white sauce: Put all but 3 tbsps of milk in a pan. Add the other bay leaf and the onion. Bring to the boil, then take it of the heat and leave it for 15 mins. Take out the onion and bay leaf. Mix the reserved 3 tbsps milk with the cornflour and whisk into the infused milk over a medium heat. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes to make a thickish, smooth sauce. Add the Cheddar and mozzarella and season well, with lots of nutmeg, too.


    1. Set the oven to Gas Mark 6 or 200°C. Spoon a thin layer of meat sauce into the dish, then a little cheese sauce. Put a layer of lasagne on top, add more of the meat and cheese sauces, for another couple of layers. Finish with lasagne sheets and cheese sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake for 45-60 mins.



Nutritional information per portion



fat 17.0g saturates 8.0g calories 425(kcal)


This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.