Approx 76p each
My kids love lasagne! It makes them think of Garfield. It makes me think of Garfield too, but to be honest I only make it once every couple of months. Why? Because I don’t like the thought of washing up 2 pans and a baking dish….I’m a one-pan kind of girl! But needless to say, last night I decided it was to be ‘lasagne’ night, all I needed to do was find someone to do the washing up….
Quorn Lasagne (serves 4)
1 onion, finely chopped (9p, Aldi)
300g bag of Quorn mince, frozen (£1.48, Aldi)
Beef stock cube (3p)
Chopped tomatoes in a tin (31p, Aldi)
1 tbsp tomato puree (1p, Aldi)
3 mushrooms, chopped (8p, Aldi)
1 tsp dried mixed herbs (1p)
1 tsp balsamic vinegar (1p) Don’t go out and buy this if you don’t have it, normal vinegar will do
10g butter (1p, Aldi)
1 tbsp plain flour (1p)
240ml milk (9p)
160g cheese, grated (72p)
2 garlic cloves (6p)
150g lasagne sheets (15p, Aldi)
Heat the oil in a large pan and add the onion. Fry for 2-3 minutes on a medium heat.
Add the Quorn mince and stir.
Mix the beef stock cube with 125ml of hot water and stir into the pan.
Stir in the chopped tomatoes and tomato puree. You may need to turn the heat up slightly at this point.
Add the mushrooms and more hot water if necessary to stop sticking – I added about 100ml.
Stir in 1 tsp of dried mixed herbs.
Stir in the balsamic vinegar.
Stir in the garlic, minced.
Pop the lid on the pan to simmer for about 5 minutes, then stir and turn the heat down. Leave it to cook whilst you move on to the next step!
Preheat the oven to 190 or 200c
Get a clean pan out and heat the butter until melted. Stir in the flour and whisk until it’s combined (this usually takes a matter of seconds)
Add 240ml of milk and keep whisking/Mixing with the whisk until the sauce has thickened. (If it gets too thick then you can add some more milk OR hot water)
Once thick, take off the heat and stir in 100g of the grated cheese, with a more mature cheese you might not need as much – keep tasting it (best part) and add what you wish for flavour. Again, add more milk or hot water if the sauce seems too thick, you want it to be like sauce!
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Get an oven dish and put some of the mince mixture on the bottom. Top with a layer of lasagne sheets. Then more mince. Then more pasta sheets and keep doing until you have run out of mixture. For the final layer, put the cheese sauce on the top. Sprinkle with the last of the grated cheese and bung in the oven for about 20-30 minutes.
*Note – sometimes when I’m feeling extravagant I like to put more cheese sauce in between the layers AS WELL as the mince. Unfortunately though, last night I ran out of milk (sigh) so couldn’t make more sauce and had to deal with it just being on the top (the trials and tribulations of domestic life)