Friday 17 August 2012

Friday Feast - Creamy Courgette and Beef Lasagne

This has to be my current favourite lasagne recipe - the 'two-legged mouse' voted it the best ever:
Creamy Courgette and Beef Lasagne

Serves 4

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
500g beef lean steak mince
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
390g carton (or 450g can) chopped tomatoes with basil and oregano
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Approx a handful of fresh coriander, chopped
2 tablespoons tomato purée
50ml red wine, or beef stock
250g pack fresh egg lasagne sheets
2 courgettes, sliced into ribbons with a peeler
400g jar white sauce for lasagne
50g grated mature cheddar cheese

Heat the oil in a frying pan and sauté the onion and garlic for 1 minute. Add the mince and cook for 10 minutes, until brown; add the cinnamon for the final 2 minutes.

Stir in the tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, coriander, tomato purée and wine (or beef stock). Simmer for 15-20 minutes, until reduced to a thick, glossy sauce. 

Preheat the oven to 200ºC, fan 180ºC, gas 6. In a large baking dish, spoon a layer of the mince sauce, topped with a layer of lasagne sheets, followed by a layer of courgette and the white sauce. Repeat, finishing with a layer of courgette ribbons and a thin layer of white sauce. Sprinkle with the grated Cheddar and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Serve with a mixed green salad and/or garlic bread. 
Things I do: I did find a can rather than a carton of chopped tomatoes with basil and oregano, but you could probably just add a little pinch of each to an ordinary can of tomatoes. And, I cheated and bought the jar of white sauce as the recipe said (the recipe came from a Sainsburys in-store magazine) - you could make your own of course. 

It's the addition of the cinnamon and coriander, along with the courgette strips, that give this recipe that something special - and of course the red wine helped, hic!




  1. Off to check whats in me cupboards. Can you make it with Grappa do ou think! Hugs Mrs A.

  2. Ooer yum yum. One I must try but will prob use Quorn :-)
    A x
    ps my quote for you....Behind every dark cloud the sun is shining. Keep smiling x

  3. Good quote Annie!

    Now Di . . . this sounds totally wonderful and I am DEFINITELY going to try this one because I have about a gazillion courgettes growing at the mo!

    Sarn xxx

  4. Sounds Fabulous Di!

    Have a great weekend!

    Sarah x

  5. Perfect - I think I have most of that at the ready. Will do it for tea tonight. x Jo

  6. Oooo! Sounds scrummy, will definitely have to give this one a go.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope you have a fabulous weekend.
    Caz x

  7. That sounds perfect and amazingly, whilst I was at DDs in Germany, she made a pasta dish with ribboned courgettes in it and I said to her that it would be a good idea to use them in lasagne... voila!! Thanks so much for the recipe!
    Love JoZarty x

  8. Got loads of yellow courgettes in the garden at the mo, this looks like a good way to use them up, although it's too hot here for a dish like this, and when it's cool enough I won't have have courgettes left to pick!!!! Lol! The boy will be in England practically the entire month of October so I'll try and remember this dish to make for myself, that way I can live on it for a week and have more time for making cards, snort!


  9. This looks delicious and I twigged that it would be the cinnamon that gave the flavour an extra bit of oomph. Definitely one to try. Elizabeth xx

  10. Hi Di, This looks delicious thank you for another amazing recipe will have to try this one have a great weekend, xx

  11. Despite the heat due this weekend, I'm making this dish for lunch tomorrow . . . got all the ingredients on my way home yesterday . . . . looking forward to it. xxx


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