Lamb and butternut squash lasagne
I made this lamb and butternut squash lasagne for dinner tonight. My husband and kids loved it, and I was asked for the recipe by one of my Twitter followers. I don’t tend to use recipes, particularly for main meals – where I just tend to throw in lots of veg and use whatever needs using from the fridge – especially on a Friday when food is getting scarce.
- 500g pack of minced lamb (I bought mine 1/2 price from Morrisons, and it was very tasty!)
- 300g cubed butternut squash
- 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
- 2 teaspoons of dried herbs (I used an Italian dried herb mix, but you can use fresh herbs)
- 1 tablespoon spread / butter
- 400ml (2/3 pint) semi-skimmed milk
- 2 level tablespoons flour (plain or self-raising is fine)
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 7 dry lasagne sheets (140g)
- 75g grated cheddar cheese
- To make the lamb/red sauce part of the recipe: first heat the olive oil in a frying pan, and then add the onion minced lamb. Saute for 5 minutes until lightly browned
- Add the tinned tomatoes, mushrooms, carrots, butternut squash and herbs and simmer for 15 minutes
- Meanwhile, make your white sauce by melting the spread in a saucepan. Once melted, whisk in the flour to make a paste. Gradually whisk in the milk, bit by bit, until you achieve a lump-free mixture. Slowly bring to the boil, stirring frequently at first, and then stirring constantly once the milk gets hot, to prevent it sticking to the bottom and sides of the pan and forming lumps. I used a whisk to do this.
- Remove white sauce from the heat once mixture starts to boil and thickens. Add black pepper and salt if needed
- Next, put your lasagne together by adding half the lamb mixture to the bottom of a glass oven-proof dish (I used a rectangular pyrex dish) followed by 3-4 lasagne sheets, followed by half the white sauce. Repeat this so you have 2 layers of everything
- Add the grated cheese over the top and put in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees (gas mark 4) for about 40 minutes
This meal will serve 4 adults, or 2 adults and 4 hungry children
Cost per serving
Just over £1 per serving – £4.30 for the entire meal excluding salad. However, I did buy my minced lamb half price, so expect to pay a little more if yours isn’t on offer – or try frozen minced lamb which is usually cheaper than fresh.