Make Ahead Lasagne {Meal Prep Recipe}

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When you are doing meal prep, life is made easier if you also batch cook at. I made the meat sauce for this make ahead lasagne by doubling up my Spaghetti Bolognese sauce – one saucepan, two different meals! In the past I’ve also cooked up a base mixture of mince, garlic, and onions in a huge saucepan, and then divided it up to make several other dishes.

Make-Ahead Lasagna - this is a great meal prep recipe. You can keep it in the fridge if you plan to eat it a few days after preparing, or freeze for cooking several weeks later. This has added vegetables to make the ground beef go further.

Make Ahead Lasagne

I have been taking steps to make meal prep part of my routine, to help me track of my calories, and ultimately, for some weight loss. To that end, I try to reduce the calories in many of my favourite dishes. I will usually always use 30% less fat cheese; 5% fat beef mince (or opt for leaner pork or turkey mince, depending on the dish) and for white sauce/toppings on dishes like lasagne, moussaka, or pasta bakes, I use a mixture of 0% fat Greek yoghurt, cottage cheese, and eggs.

To contradict myself in this recipe though, I used 15% fat mince, and regular Cheddar, as they were sent to me as part of a food challenge! 

The recipe for the meat sauce will make 1 lasagne (which I got 6 portions from), and 4 portions of sauce for spaghetti bolognese. Or you could double up the topping and make two lasagne. You can store the pre-baked lasagne in the fridge for up to 5 days, and in the freezer for up to 6 months. In both cases, cover the dish completely with two layers of plastic wrap.

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Make Ahead Lasagne
Author: Michelle Ordever
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 45 mins
Serves: 6
[b]NB:[/b] This recipe makes a large batch of sauce – enough for at least 8 portions. I used half the sauce to make lasagne and the other half to make spaghetti bolognese. Halve the meat sauce recipe if you want to make just the lasagne. Alternatively you can double the white sauce recipe and make two lasagne. The finished dish (unbaked) will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days, and in the freezer for up to 6 months. [br][br] I use a low-calorie oil spray, but you can use a drizzle of olive oil if you prefer. I also use lower calorie ingredients, but you are welcome to substitute for regular. [br][br] I haven’t given exact quantities for the dried herbs in the white sauce, as I tend to add to taste – season the sauce first before adding the eggs.[br][br] I made my lasagne in a 30cm x 20cm dish. This yields approx 6 portions.
  • For the meat sauce (Meal Prep Tip: Enough for 1 lasagne, and 4 portions of bolognese sauce; or 2 lasagne)
  • low-calorie oil spray
  • 200g onions, finely chopped (about 2 medium sized onions)
  • 220g mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 200g aubergine, cut into small cubes (about 1 medium sized aubergine)
  • 300g courgettes, cut into small cubes (about 3 medium sized courgettes)
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 500g organic beef mince (15% fat)
  • 2 beef stock cubes
  • 2 tsps dried rosemary (optional, I always add it to my sauce!)
  • 2 x 500g jars Dolmio Original Bolognese Sauce
  • salt & pepper
  • For the white sauce (Meal Prep Tip: Enough for 1 lasagne, or double quantities to make 2)
  • 400g cottage cheese
  • 150g 0% Greek yoghurt
  • 10g Parmigiano Reggiano, grated
  • 30g Cheddar, grated
  • 1-2 tsps dried parsley
  • 1-2 tsps dried basil
  • 1-2 tsps dried rosemary
  • salt & pepper
  • 3 medium eggs
  • To assemble (Meal Prep Tip: Enough for 1 lasagne, or double quantities to make 2)
  • lasagne sheets – I used about 12
  • 30g Cheddar, grated
To make the meat sauce
  1. Heat up a large saucepan, and spray in some of the oil.
  2. Add the onions, mushrooms, aubergine, and courgettes, and fry gently for about 5 minutes. You can add a splash of water to stop them from sticking, or a a few more sprays of oil.
  3. Add the garlic and continue to cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the beef mince and stir until the meat is browned.
  5. Crumble in the stock cubes and add the rosemary if using.
  6. Pour in the Dolmio Original Bolognese Sauce – I then add a drop of water to the jar and shake it up to get every last bit of sauce out!
  7. You can season with salt and pepper if you wish. (I didn’t)
  8. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and leave to simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  9. Meanwhile, make the white sauce, and cook the lasagne sheets in boiling water according to the package instructions – should be around 10 minutes. Add a drop of oil to prevent the sheets from sticking together.
For the white sauce
  1. In a mixing jug, stir the cottage cheese, Greek yoghurt, and cheeses.
  2. Season with the herbs, and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add the eggs, and whisk until mixture is well combined.
To assemble (Meal Prep Tip: If you are making 1 lasagne, you will need to halve the meat sauce.)
  1. Put a layer of the meat sauce on the bottom of the dish, and spread evenly.
  2. Add a layer of lasagne sheets.
  3. Pour over a layer of the white sauce, and sprinkle over 1/3 of the cheese.
  4. Repeat this twice.
  5. If you are eating the lasagne now, you will need to bake it in a 200C/Gas 6 for 20-30 minutes until the top is bubbling and golden.
To store for later
  1. Do not bake but allow to cool for 1 hour.
  2. Cover the lasagne and the dish with two layers of plastic wrap.
  3. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days. Bring to room temperature for 30 minutes and bake as above when ready to eat.
  4. Store in the freezer for up to 6 months. Thaw overnight before baking as above.
  5. You could also bake the lasagne as instructed above, allow to cool, then cut into portions, before freezing in individual bags. This is great idea if you are cooking for just yourself, or as a couple.
Serving size: 1 Calories: 466 Fat: 14g Saturated fat: 6g Carbohydrates: 51g Sugar: 14g Sodium: 1171mg Fiber: 4g Protein: 34g
I have also included the nutritional information, as I am counting calories at the moment. This information is approximate using online resources. I am not a doctor or dietitian, or providing medical advice and hold no responsibility for the complete accuracy of calorie counts and nutritional information. I advise you check your own resources if you are using recipes to lose weight. All weight loss programmes should be followed on advice from a doctor.

Make Ahead Lasagne

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