Don’t you just love a traditional family dinner, something that you know everyone will love and will be greeted by a cheer when you place the plate in front of the children. For us, this dinner is a homemade Lasagna. 

Mince beef is such an affordable, healthy, and very versatile meat of choice. We often make up a double batch of mince so we can use it for Lasagna, and a tasty spaghetti Bolognese. I was challenged by the Meat Advisory Panel at Tesco to take part and create a delicious recipe that all the family would love, but it must include either beef, pork or lamb.

Red meat has been in the spotlight recently, with some misleading negative views. I am joining in with The Meat Advisory Panel, an independent group of health and nutrition experts, who are partnering up with BritMums to promote read meat in the diets of children. Lean red meat is recommended by experts and that it is included in children’s diet from weaning onwards. It provides important nutrients including iron, zinc, B vitamins, selenium and potassium.

Dr Emma Derbyshire, a public health nutritionist and mother, says:

“Including a small portion of red meat in the diet a few times a week after weaning can help to bridge nutrient gaps and so help to maintain good health through childhood and beyond.”

OK Lasagna is a pretty family basic meal,  but it’s my kids favourite. I can guarantee that all kids will love it, and that it will all be eaten. Also it is a great meal to be able to pop some grated up veggies in too. Mushrooms, carrots and spinach work well mixed into the mince, and if your kids are fussy they can’t tell they are in there! 

I was sent a voucher from Tesco to purchase all the items for this, and as you can see they are all pretty basic food cupboard items. 

Hope you love the recipe, please do let me know if you try it, and what you thought of it. Also if you have any other ideas on different veggies to pop in the mince too.

Homemade Lasagna with homemade cheese sauce. This homemade lasagna is full of tasty beef mince, covered with tasty cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese

*I was sent a voucher to purchase the ingredients for this post. “This post is an entry for the BritMums #HealthyRedMeat, sponsored by the Meat Advisory Panel.”

 

Homemade Lasagna & Cheese Sauce
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A simple homemade Lasagna that all the family will love.
Servings Prep Time
4 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Homemade Lasagna & Cheese Sauce
Print Recipe
A simple homemade Lasagna that all the family will love.
Servings Prep Time
4 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Main Mince Sauce
Cheese Sauce
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180c (350f).
  2. Finely chop the onion
  3. Place the olive oil in a hot frying pan and add the beef mince. Break up and cook until just starting to brown then add the beef OXO cube, Worcestershire sauce and onions. Cook for another few minutes.
  4. Add the mixed herbs, chopped tomatoes and passata to the mince. When the mixture starts to boil reduce the heat to a minimum and leave to simmer. Now you can make the cheese sauce
Cheese Sauce
  1. In a saucepan, add the flour and nutmeg along with a small amount of the milk (approx. 100ml). Mix thoroughly until there are no lumps left then add the remaining milk
  2. Place the saucepan onto a medium heat and slowly heat, stirring regularly until the sauce starts to boil and thicken. Allow the sauce to simmer for a couple of minutes making sure it doesn’t burn and the bottom of the saucepan
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and add ¾ of the parmesan and ¾ of the cheddar cheese to it and slowly stir in until there are no lumps.
Creating the Lasagne
  1. Take your lasagne dish and start to layer the ingredients. Start with a 1/3 of the mince, spread over the base of the dish. Then add a layer of lasagne sheets
  2. Repeat this until all the mince is gone and you have a layer of lasagne sheets on the top.
  3. Pour the cheese sauce over this and spread out so everything is covered
  4. Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan and cheddar cheese over the sauce
  5. Loosely cover the dish with some kitchen foil and pop in the oven for approx. 30 minutes
  6. Remove the kitchen foil and cook for another 10 minutes to brown up the top
  7. Using a knife, check the lasagne is soft and cooked. If not, you can cook it for a little longer
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for about 10 minutes
  9. Serve and enjoy!
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Homemade Lasagna with homemade cheese sauce. This homemade lasagna is full of tasty beef mince, covered with tasty cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese

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  1. This looks delicious – it’s not something I make very often and it’s reminded me to add it to the shopping list!

  2. I love lasagna! This is such a quick and easy recipe as well. We only ever buy low fat, lean red meat, but we try to only eat eat it once or twice a week.

    • We could eat red meat so much, the kids love it and so quick to cook something up with it!

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