Mushroom Ragu Lasagna
Lentil Pate

I recently made a really good lentil ragu. The flavour was strong enough that I thought it may well make a good lasagna. This is the result and it was very good indeed! It will freeze well, so is something you can batch make.

Lentil Ragu Lasagna

 

Priced at Asda using mySupermarket, February 2019

Serves 4

Ragu layer

1 tblsp olive oil, £2.98/litre, 4p
1 large onion, finely chopped, 75p/kg, 8p
225g red lentils, £1.15/500g, 52p
3 tblsp tomato puree, 37p/200g, 8p
2 tsp garlic granules, £1.09/115g, 10p
575ml boiling water
100g grated cheddar £3.69/825g, 45p

Bechamel layer

50g butter, Asda £1.45/250g, 29p
50g flour, 2p
500ml milk, £1.09/2.27litres, 24p
fresh grated nutmeg
salt and pepper

100g flour (3p) to make pasta or buy lasagna sheets
80g grated cheddar £3.69/825g, 36p

Total cost £2.21, 55p a serving(4)
Total nutrition 2180 calories, 88g protein, 108g fat, 212g carbs
Nutrition per serving 545 calories, 22g protein, 27g fat, 53g carbs

 

Quantities to serve 2

Ragu layer

1 tblsp olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
110g red lentils
1.5 tblsp tomato puree
tsp garlic granules
287ml boiling water
50g grated cheddar

Bechamel layer

25g butter
25g flour
250ml milk
fresh grated nutmeg
salt and pepper

50g flour or buy lasagna sheets
40g grated cheddar

For the lentil ragu layer, use this recipe. Make a full quantity for 4, or half for 2 servings

To make bechamel

For the bechamel layer, melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the flour and stir around to mix and cook a little. Now add half a cup of the milk and stir continuously until the milk is absorbed. I like to use a small whisk for this. Repeat until all the milk has been used. Now simmer very gently for around half an hour with the lid on. This prolonged cooking time really does improve the flavour. Infuse with a bay leaf or two if you have any and add a little grated nutmeg right at the end if you have any. Now season well with salt and pepper, taste and adjust. Use a little spoon of mustard as well if you like. All the seasonings are added at the end of the cooking time as the heat of the cooking reduces their flavour. We still have to cook it in the oven of course.

To make pasta

If you want to make pasta, for cheapness, or to make the dish vegan – for 2, put 50g flour in a bowl and add enough cold water to make a pastry like dough. For 4, use 100g flour. Knead a little.
Divide into 3. Roll out each third to the thickness of a credit card and approximately the shape of your dish.

Or just use value pasta sheets

Layer up your lasagna

Now layer up your lasagna in an ovenproof dish

Divide your ragu into 3 sections in the saucepan. Divide the bechamel into 4 sections in the saucepan.

Ragu
Bechamel
Lasagna
sprinkle with a little parmesan or cheddar if liked

repeat
Ragu
Bechamel
Lasagna
sprinkle with a little parmesan or cheddar if liked

repeat
Ragu
Bechamel
Lasagna
sprinkle with a little parmesan or cheddar if liked

Now top it all off with the last layer of bechamel. Sprinkle with a little parmesan or cheddar if liked

Bake at 180c for about half an hour until golden and bubbling.

 

I recently made a really good lentil ragu. The flavour was strong enough that I thought it may well make a good lasagna. This is the result and it was very good indeed! Click To Tweet

 

Verdict

Absolutely delicious! Serve with a bit of salad, garlic bread or cooked vegetables

Variations

Use plant milk, a vegan spread and a vegan cheese for vegans, or just leave out the cheese part. If you can't find lasagna sheets without egg, and you want to make this vegan, you could try making pasta, it's really not very difficult. I've found that this can be used as a basic recipe for lasagna, just changing the ragu layer for all sorts of other things. I'll be doing a mushroom one over the weekend and writing that up, and a beetroot one is next.   Lentil Ragu Lasagna       Thrifty Lesley has an associated Facebook Group. Do come over and say hello if you haven't already joined. I'd love to see you FaceBook Feed Yourself for £1 a Day   I’m a perpetual dieter, and to help with that endeavour, there is now also a Thrifty Lesley dieting group, a lovely, growing community Facebook Slimming Group  

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