Tuesday, 28 October 2014


900 grams of beef mince
3 tins of diced / crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoon each of onion flakes,  oregano and  basil.
1 teaspoon each of garlic granules
salt and pepper to taste
3 heaped tablespoons of tomato paste
1.25 litres of milk
3 tablespoons of butter
4 heaped tablespoons of plain flour
1 X 250 gram box of pasta sheets
2 – 3 cups of grated cheese
Canola spray
Cook the beef mince in a very large fry pan and season with oregano,  basil,  onion flakes,  salt and pepper. Add the tinned tomatoes and tomato paste and combine well.
In a large saucepan melt the butter on a low heat.  Add the flour and stir well.
Gradually whisk in a little of the milk until the flour mixture is combined.  Pour in the rest of the milk and whisk thoroughly.  Increase the heat and continue to stir with a spoon until the sauce  simmers and thickens. Be careful that the sauce doesn’t catch and burn on the bottom of the saucepan.

Grease a large lasagne dish with canola spray.
Spread a thin layer of white sauce over the bottom of the dish.  Place lasagne sheets over the white sauce,  breaking to size if needed.

Layer the meat sauce over the lasagne sheets.  Gently spoon the white sauce over the top until the meat sauce is covered.  Cover again with lasagne sheets.
Repeat this layering process two more times until the meat sauce runs out. 
Top with lasagne sheets and pour the remaining white sauce over the top,
Top with the grated cheese.
Cook in the oven at 190 degrees celcius for one hour turning the dish around half way.

Serves 12 people with vegetables on the side.

*     Fresh onions and garlic can be used instead of the dried version.
*       Freeze leftovers into single portions.
*      Vegetables can be added.  I’ve added finely chopped silver beet,  grated carrot and zucchini.
*       Powdered milk can be used and is cheaper.
*      My lasagne dish measures 35cm long x 21cm wide x 8 cm deep ( internal measurements )  Any square or oblong baking dish will do as long as it has deep sides.

A meal of lasagne and vegetables
Lining up all the components to reduce the drips and spills.

Ready for the oven

The finished product.
This dish costs about $10 to make


  1. Hi Wendy, sounds lovely. Do you pre cook your Lasagne sheets? And do you cover the Lasagne with foil at anytime whilst in the oven? I think I'll make this today and freeze for next week, thanks, Maureen

    1. No, I don't precook the sheets. I also don't cover with foil. I've been known to put a baking tray on the oven shelf below to catch any drips.

  2. Thanks, great tip, anything that helps to not have to clean the oven, xxx Maureen

  3. Thank you Wendy for putting up this recipe, I will definately be trying this next time....it looks great and a win win that you can use vegies on the side to bulk upma meal and get 12 serves out of it! Well done. Rosie.

  4. Is 1 tablespoon of onion flakes equivalent to 1 onion?. I love your blog especially the recipes. You have inspired me this week to try a little harder. I've even grated the cheese from a block and saved a few dollars by not buying it pre packaged.
    Thank you

    1. That sounds about right for the onion flakes. Thankyou for you lovely comments.

  5. In one of your earlier blog comments someone mentioned a mailing list. Is this different to your blog and if so how do I get on it!!!? Kathleen

    1. Hi Kathleen, the only mailing list that I know of it to sign up to the email notification.

  6. Lasagna is a favourite at our home too!

    My recipe is a little different to yours, but basically the same. Great idea to get twelve pieces out of it by adding veggies as a side dish. I had thought about having lasagna with a leafy green salad. I serve veggies with a spaghetti dish I make, but didn't think of doing the same with lasagna doh! I don't think I could get twelve pieces out of ours as my greedy lot like it too much lol! We do have a bread roll with ours :)


  7. Hi Wendy, this looks good, do you freeze it after cooking and then reheat when needed?
    Sorry im a bit of a novice!

    1. Yes that's exactly what I do. This lasagne is large and serves 12 with veg on the side. I freeze it into single portions and reheat as needed.

    2. Also, I defrost the single portions in the fridge overnight then pop it into the oven for about 30 minutes at 180 degrees


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