family friendly lasagne recipe

Family Friendly Lasagne

family friendly lasagne recipe

Family Friendly Lasagne

Family friendly ‘cause it’s packing SIX different vegetables into the ragu and honestly, it’s my tastiest one yet!!
Fresh pasta sheets make a huge difference and I’ve also made MORE béchamel sauce this time so you get a nice’n’saucy lasagne!
My casserole dish is @lecreusetuk – 9.5 x 9.5 inches & 4 inches deep, ⁣so I manage to get quite a lot of layers in there, you may need to amend if you have a shallower dish! 
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
20 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 35 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8
Calories 663 kcal


Beef Mince Ragu

  • olive oil
  • 2 carrot⁣⁣s
  • 2 stalks celery⁣⁣
  • 1 onion⁣⁣
  • 200 g mushrooms
  • 1 leek
  • 100 g pack spinach
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes⁣⁣
  • 1 tbsp. mixed herbs⁣⁣
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 300 g streaky smoked bacon
  • 500 g beef mince
  • 250 ml red wine optional
  • 100 g tomato purée
  • 800-1000 ml pasatta
  • 500 ml ham stock or beef stock


  • 100 g butter
  • 90 g plain flour
  • 850 ml whole milk
  • 4 whole cloves

Other Ingredients

  • fresh lasagne sheets
  • courgette optional
  • grated mozzarella
  • parmesan


  • Chop all veggies except courgette (2 carrot⁣⁣s,2 stalks celery⁣⁣,1 onion⁣⁣,200 g mushrooms,1 leek,100 g pack spinach) finely & cook in oil with 1 tsp chilli flakes⁣⁣ 1 tbsp. mixed herbs⁣⁣ and 3 garlic cloves until softened
  • In a separate pan, brown 500 g beef mince with 300 g streaky smoked bacon (chopped) – season with salt – then add 250 ml red wine & reduce so alcohol cooks off
  • Add beef mince to cooked veg then t100 g tomato purée, 800-1000 ml pasatta and 500 ml ham stock – stir and cook on low/medium heat for approx 90-120mins until flavour deepens, sauce thickens and consistency is ragu-like.
  • Béchamel: melt 100 g butter, add 90 g plain flour & 4 whole cloves then gradually add 850 ml whole milk in 4 parts, stirring, until sauce thickens
  • If using optional courgette, then cut into slices and add as a middle later with some grated mozzarella
  • Layer up lasagne with fresh lasagne sheets as seen in the video and bake in oven at 180 for 1 hour: 40 mins (I cover mine for this duration), then add parmesan on top, then another 20 mins
  • Tip: if you’re cooking from cold i.e. you’re not cooking straight away and mince has been refrigerated etc. – bake for 1.5hrs total


Calories: 663kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 26gFat: 46gSaturated Fat: 19gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 718mgPotassium: 1433mgFiber: 4gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 5385IUVitamin C: 24mgCalcium: 233mgIron: 5mg
Keyword Family Friendly Meals
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