Wednesday 10 December 2014

Winter Warmer Lasagne

I'm always surprised at the amount of people my own age, that can't cook.
You'll never see me on masterchef, but I'm so glad that I know how to do more than just heat up a frozen pizza.

I definitely think more focus on food, nutrition and cooking is needed in schools. I remember being taught how to make a sponge cake, and while that is of course useful. It would make more sense to teach teenagers how to make a selection of cheap simple meals. 

Is there any wonder we have such an obesity problem in this country? So many people are simply uneducated about what they're putting in their bodies. So many of us make excuses, and try to justify the junk we eat.

Good home cooked meals don't have to be expensive or take a lifetime to prepare. 

Living alone can make it even harder to bother with cooking. What's the point if it's just for me? Cooking for one can be kind of rubbish I admit, I love to cook up a big meal and then freeze portions. Which is exactly what I do with my favourite winter warmer meal... Lasagne..

It's really difficult trying to explain how to make something but here's my attempt at showing how I make Lasagne.

The following should serve 3-4 people



  • Olive Oil
  • Mince (I use quorn)
  • Lasagne pasta sheets
  • Extra veg, onions, peppers, mushrooms (optional)
  • A tomato / veg based lasagne sauce
  • A cream based sauce (I used Dolmio)
  • Cheese

Dolmio sell Lasagne kits including the sauce and pasta, for great value, in most super markets

Pre heat oven to gas mark 6
Useing approx a tablespoon of olive oil fry the mince untill browned all over

When the mince is browned add tomato based sauce. As a vegetarian I like to add extra vegetables (mainly mushrooms and peppers) Now's the best time to add any extras
simmer for 5 mins, stirring regularly.

Once your mince, sauce and any extras are cooked, place half into an oven proof dish

Now we're getting into the actual lasagne building part..,, place pasta sheets on top of mince

Completely cover the layer of paste in the white creamy sauce ( approx half the jar )
Now add the rest of your mince / veg.
Repeat the process of adding pasta sheets and then the white sauce.

Mince, pasta, white sauce, mince, pasta, white sauce.....

Finally once you've built the perfect lasagne you should have something that looks like the below

Finish it off by adding grated cheese

Place in the oven (uncovered) for 30 - 35 minutes .... The cheese on top should be nicely browned.

If your cooking for one, like I do, I reccomend investing in some cheap freezable / microwaveable Tupperware. The above dish can serve 3-4 portions ( depending on portion size ). Once cooled you can seperate into containers and freeze, so that later on in the week you can have a carb filled winter warming meal in minutes.

^^ serving and presentation isn't my strong point but it was truely delicious and a healthier more balanced meal than any frozen ready meal lasagne.... Or frozen oven chips.

I hope you enjoyed this post. It's so difficult trying to explain (as I said earlier)

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Love Charlotte

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