Cheats Lasagne

Cheats Lasagne

Posted 2014-11-17 by meggffollow
People love lasagne but often think it's too complicated to make when you're in a hurry to feed the masses. This recipe puts paid to that old myth! Although it's not lasagne in the traditional sense, it uses pasta instead of lasagne sheets. It's a pretty close imitation.

This recipe uses very affordable ingredients and makes a large quantity. It's suitable for freezing, entertaining, or for large families.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes 5 to brown cheese
Makes: 10 servings


Meat Sauce:
Olive oil
2kg beef mince
3 medium brown onions
1 cup tomato paste
1/2 cup red wine
1 tbsp sea salt
Good quantity of fresh herbs like parsley, oregano, and chives (you can use dried)
6 garlic cloves

Cheat's Bechamel:
1/2 cup fresh cream
250 - 350g cream cheese
2 tbsp {Insanely Healthy Concentrated Vegetable Stock} or you can use a stock cube
1/2 cup cold water
3 bay leaves

1 packet of pasta (penne or spirals etc)
1 cup grated cheese


  • Boil a large pot of water, cook pasta as you normally do, strain and set aside with a little olive oil on it to stop the pieces sticking together.

  • Preheat oven to 200C.

  • Meat Sauce

  • Add oil to a heavy based pan (one suitable for oven as well as stove top if possible) and brown mince. If using dried herbs add them now.

  • Add wine 1 minute before turning off.

  • Once the mince is cooked take it off the heat and stir through the garlic, salt, tomato paste, and fresh herbs and half a cup of water. The herbs and garlic will lightly cook in the hot mince but will retain their freshness and add a wonderful light flavour that would be lost if you cooked them.

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    Cheat's Bechamel

  • Add water and bay leaves to a small saucepan and bring to the boil.

  • Turn the heat down and gently stir in the vegetable stock, cream cheese, and cream. Stir constantly until melted then remove the bay leaves.

  • own image boiling water with bay leaves

    own image melting cream cheese

    Assembling it all

  • If you used an oven safe pan for the mince, just spread the pasta on top of the mince. Otherwise place the mince at the bottom of a baking dish then add pasta on top.

  • Gently pour bechamel over the top as evenly as possible

  • Sprinkle grated cheese over the top and bake until melted

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  • Use a serving spoon to serve on plates or in bowls and serve with (or without) a light salad

  • Place leftovers in a freezer safe container and break out in case of emergency!

  • own image Ready, Steady, DIG IN


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