Recipe Shed: Rustic Three-Cheese Lasagne

I have @DawnLindsell to thank for the first part of this recipe, and my obsession with cheese for the second part. I know most lasagnes are made with a Bechamel sauce, but I’ve always found these too creamy and thus I’ve never been keen on lasagne. Far too sloppy for my liking. However, I thought I’d give it a go with three cheeses to see what the result might look and taste like. OK, looks-wise, it leaves something to be desired. But it can’t be topped on the taste front, trust me.

Recipe Shed

Serves 2, but double the quantities for 4

2 tbsp olive oil
250g lean mince beef
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed and finely sliced
2-4 dried chillies
1 Portobello mushroom, chopped into chunks, or a handful of button mushrooms, halved
200ml beef stock
1 can chopped tomatoes
2-3 tbsp tomato puree
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp black pepper
4 sheets lasagne
100g grated mozzarella
100g ricotta
100g Parmesan

1. In a large frying pan, heat 1 tbsp oil and brown the mince. Drain, reserve and wipe the pan clean.

2. Add the rest of the oil to the pan and gently fry the onion and garlic until softened. Add the mince, then the tomatoes, puree and stir to combine. Add the herbs, pepper, stock and chillies. Bring to the boil, then transfer to a slow cooker or casserole dish.

3. If using a slow cooker, cook on Low for 2-3 hours. If using a casserole dish, cook in a low oven (160C/Gas 3) for 2-3 hours. The mixture needs to be moist but not watery. If there is still too much liquid, transfer to a pan and reduce the sauce to the right consistency.

4. In a baking dish, spoon the mince mixture into a layer, approx. 1 cm deep. Cover with a layer of lasagne sheets. Scatter over the mozzarella and crumbled ricotta. Add another layer of mince, then another layer of lasagne. Scatter over the Parmesan and cover with tin foil.

5. Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Cook the lasagne for 40-45 mins, then remove the foil and cook for a further 10 mins until the cheese on top is bubbling. Unfortuantely (as you can see from the picture) my foil stuck to the cheese and half of it came away when I removed the foil.

6. Serve with green salad leaves and hunks of garlic bread.

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Filed under Beef, Pasta, Recipe Shed, Slow Cooker

13 Responses to Recipe Shed: Rustic Three-Cheese Lasagne

  1. Love lasagne make
    Mine very similar but with cheddar and parmesan but this
    Looks really good will try it next time

  2. Favourite! That looks brilliant. I am so going to make it.

  3. Yum… I like the idea of a slow cooker lasagne. Will give it a try with some Gluten Free pasta.

  4. Oooh, this sounds delicious, will definately have to try this one, thanks for sharing :)

  5. I’ve gotta say Keith, I am partial to a good bechamel topping but I’ll give your version a try next time. You know me, with cheese and all. LOL

    I’m afraid I’ve linked to an older post this week Keith. I just can’t see myself using mince in any meal before the end of the week. Hope you don’t mind?

    Anne xx

  6. This does look delicious but as I don’t cook meat, I’ve linked to a vegetarian alternative to mince that can also be used as the bottom layer of a shepherd’s pie. I call that ‘Shepherd’s pie without the shepherd.’

  7. Jenny Paulin

    I adore lasagne and I always add a cheesey sauce so cheesy it doesn’t move!! However, since joining slimming world I now make it with cottage cheese which actually tastes ok and means I can still enjoy one of my most fav dishes. Yours looks yummy btw x

  8. if only I had remembered about this before I starting making my bean chilli & could’ve done it with mince instead & joined in this week…oh well,maybe next time!

  9. That lasagne looks great. And your pictures are MUCH better than mine!!!!!

  10. I do love lasagne, and I will be definitely be trying your idea to make it with just cheese.. I like the idea that it won’t be too sloppy. Mouth is drooling thinking about it…

  11. One of these days I’ll post my wife’s lasagne recipe. Or get her to. Either way, I think you’ll enjoy. The 3 cheese approach is interesting… We tend to stick to the strongest, most flavoursome farmhouse cheddar we can find.

  12. Hey, I have finally linked up but obviously couldn’t do my lasagne! Will have a bash at your recipe though x