Classic lasagne

Contains pork – recipe is for non-Muslims only

Prepare this easy lasagne ahead of time and save in the freezer, uncooked, for when you need it during a busy week. Then just bake for an extra 45 mins

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:1 hrs 40 mins
    plus 1 hr if making sauces
  • Serves 6
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 580
  • fat 32g
  • saturates 14g
  • carbs 31g
  • sugars 8g
  • fibre 3g
  • protein 44g
  • salt 1.71g


  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus a little for greasing
  • 750g lean beef mince
  • 90g pack prosciutto
  • ½ quantity tomato sauce (see below)
  • 200ml hot beef stock
  • a little grated nutmeg
  • 300g fresh pack lasagne sheets
  • ½ quantity white sauce (see below)
  • 125g ball mozzarella


Prepare ahead and freeze

Assemble your lasagne then freeze (don't cook it first). If baking from frozen, add another 45 minutes to the cooking time. You can also freeze the meat sauce by itself for up to 3 months.


  1. First make the ragu or meat sauce. Heat the oil in a frying pan, then cook the beef in two batches for about 10 mins until browned all over. Finely chop 4 slices of prosciutto, then stir through the meat mixture.

  2. Pour over the tomato sauce and stock, add the nutmeg, then season. Bring up to the boil, then simmer for 30 mins until the ragu looks rich and is well coated in sauce. Can be left for 3 days in the fridge or frozen for 3 months (although not if the tomato sauce has previously been frozen).

  3. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. To assemble lasagne, lightly oil an ovenproof serving dish (30 x 20cm). Spoon over a third of the ragu sauce, then cover with lasagne sheets. Drizzle over about one quarter of the white sauce. Repeat until you have 3 layers of pasta. Cover with the remaining half quantity of white sauce, making sure you can’t see any pasta poking through.

  4. Tear the mozzarella into thin strips, then scatter over the top. Arrange the rest of the prosciutto on top. Bake for 45 mins until the top is bubbling and lightly browned. (The uncooked lasagne can be frozen. If baking from frozen, add another 45 mins to the cooking time).

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