I was going to call it a lasagne, but I was hesitant, as it hasn’t got any white sauce and it is very pasta heavy when you cut it into slices, with most of the sauce being absorbed into it. Therefore, it’s more of a pasta bake/lasagne hybrid! It is super easy and cheap to make. (I have put a rough price guide below.) The lovely thing about cooking as opposed to baking, is that it doesn’t have to be exact, so usually, I tend not to weigh ingredients out so this is more of an approximation. Feel free to experiment using gluten free pasta sheets (they tend to absorb less of the sauce), or using beef mince or beans/pulses as the protein sauce.
- 2 tins of tomatoes
- 1 pkt dried lasagne sheets
- 2 carrots
- 1 mugful of soya mince but could use beef mince for meat eaters(cook separately first and be sure to drain off the fat after cooking) or some beans/lentils or chargrilled veg for vegans
- 2 cloves of garlic (optional)
- 2tbsp dried mixed herbs
- 1 finely chopped onion (optional)
- 25g grated cheese (any sort preferable something like Red Leicester or cheddar. I used edam because we had it in the fridge, but it tends to go a bit stringy.)
- Grate the cheese and put aside.
- Finely chop onion and put in a pan on a medium heat until softened.
- Add minced garlic and mixed herbs and cook for a further 2 mins.
- Grate carrots and add to pan along with tinned tomatoes and mince.
- Fill one of the tomato cans with water and add this also to the pan.
- Leave to simmer for 10mins, stirring occasionally. As you wait grate the cheese and put aside for later and preheat the oven to 200oC
- Start with a layer a sauce, then add a layer of pasta sheets, and continue this until you have used up all your sauce or filled the dish-whichever comes first! Have the final layer on the top be of the sauce, and top this with the cheese you grated earlier.
- Pop in the oven for around 35-40 mins when the pasta is cooked through and cheese bubbling.
Essential Waitrose Lasange 64p x 1
tinned tomatoes 40p x 2
2 carrots 14p
Soya mince 70p
2 garlic cloves 8p
Mixed herbs tesco everyday value 3p
Total cost £2.79 Easily serves 5 main meal portions. 55.8p per portion.
Serve with any veg left in the fridge or some frozen veg. Green beans and peas work well and are relatively cheap. I’m not a huge fan of frozen broccoli as it tends to go a bit mushy and tough.