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Swapping half the meat for lentils not only reduces this classic's saturated fat content but also adds heart-healthy potassium and folic acid.
Servings 4
Calories 755 kcal
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins

Ingredients
 

  • 300 g dried lasagne sheets (6)
  • 20 g Parmesan cheese, grated (optional)

Meat Sauce

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 small onions, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 250 g minced beef, (12% fat content)
  • 400 g green lentils , can (drained weight 265g)
  • 400 g can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 reduced-salt beef or chicken stock cube
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 4 tbsp fresh basil, roughly chopped
  • salt optional
  • freshly milled black pepper

White Sauce

  • 300 skimmed milk
  • 20 g flour
  • 20 g soft butter

Instructions
 

  • Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat and add the onions. Saute for 15 minutes, then add the garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  • Add the mince and cook for 6-8 minutes until lightly coloured, breaking up with a spatula.
  • Add the lentils, tomatoes, stock cube, 200ml of water and the basil and oregano. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Bring to the boil and simmer for 20-25 minutes, taking care to watch it as it may catch slightly.
  • Meanwhile, make the white sauce
  • Heat the milk in a small pan. Mix the butter and flour, whisk this mixture into the simmering milk: it will thicken almost immediately.
  • Add salt and pepper, then remove from the heat and keep warm.
  • Heat the oven to 190C Gas 5.
  • Spoon a little of the meat sauce into a 25cm square baking dish. Place three lasagne sheets over the top. Add a layer of half the white sauce, then add another layer of the remaining meat sauce.
  • Add a second layer of pasta and finally top with the remaining white sauce. (If you are freezing the dish in advance, freeze at this point.)
  • Sprinkle over the cheese, if using, and bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool slightly before eating with a large green salad.
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Nutrition Facts
Phil's Lasagne
Amount per Serving
Calories
755
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
27
g
42
%
Saturated Fat
 
10
g
63
%
Cholesterol
 
60
mg
20
%
Sodium
 
343
mg
15
%
Potassium
 
1107
mg
32
%
Carbohydrates
 
93
g
31
%
Fiber
 
13
g
54
%
Sugar
 
12
g
13
%
Protein
 
36
g
72
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course Beef
Cuisine Italian, ITV This Morning
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