Meal Plan 7 – Lasagna, 62p a serving, 31p if you stretch it to 4
This recipe uses the third, and last, portion of the ragu made earlier. The picture shows my portion, which is a quarter of the finished dish, not a half.
One third of the ragu mix £1.02
400ml skimmed milk, 2.27 litres/£1, 18p
100g + 50g flour, 45p/1.5kg, 5p
Total cost £1.25, serves 2, 62p a portion
Per portion, 656 cals, 43g protein, 15g fat, 86g carb
Put 50g of the flour in a saucepan and mix to a paste with a little of the milk. Add the rest of the milk and whisk well to incorporate. Now heat the milk mixture either in a saucepan or in the microwave until it thickens. Set aside.
Divide into 3. Roll out one third to the thickness of a credit card and approximately the shape of your dish.
Repeat… Ragu, white sauce, pasta
Bake in a medium oven for 30-35 minutes until the top is browned.
If you have any Parmesan, grana padano or cheddar, sprinkle a tiny bit on top of each layer of white sauce.
I added a dollop of grainy mustard to ours, otherwise, it was the recipe here. I wanted to see what it would taste like.
Because of the restriction of ingredients on a meal plan, we are missing butter in the bechamel and cheese in the layers. I could taste that they weren’t there, but it was a tasty dinner anyway. Filling and satisfying.
As you can see from the pictures, this made a very large lasagna for two people and could easily feed four if you wanted to stretch it, especially if there was some kind of accompaniment. A green vegetable say, or garlic bread, oven wedges maybe or a jacket potato.
Take care of your family and your budget
Before putting together the meal planners, Lesley surveyed what was needed. Of the existing 14 budget meal plans, most are cheap meals for 2 people so can be sized up or down. Others are cheap family meals for 4 people, or meals for one