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 meal plans, most are for 2 people so can be sized up or down. Others are for 1, or 4 people