Rich ragu, gooey white sauce and stringy cheese make up the scrumptious Italian dish, lasagne. The family classic is made of stacked layers of flat pasta and it's the definition of comfort food. But as you might expect with all that cheese and pasta it's not so good for the waistline, especially if you're on a health kick.

Foodie Cakeontherun however, has shared a few simple tricks to reduce the amount of fat and calories in the the traditional Mediterranean meal. By using 5% lean beef mince, reduced fat butter and cheese and skimmed milk, you can shave off calories without even noticing.

Her easy recipe below uses a jar of tomato pasta sauce to keep things simple, but also shows you how to make your own white sauce as it requires just a three basic ingredients and minimal effort.

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To keep your dish healthy, serve it with a crisp, fresh salad. Leftovers can be enjoyed the following day hot or cold.

Lasagne recipe (serves 4)


  • 500g 5% lean beef mince
  • 500g pasta sauce with mushrooms
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • Salt, pepper and chilli flakes to season
  • 1 tbsp worcester sauce
  • 6 pasta sheets
  • For the white sauce - 50g plain flour, 50g reduced fat butter, 1 pint skimmed milk, salt and pepper
  • 50g low fat cheddar cheese


  1. Fry the mince until golden brown, then add pasta sauce, tomatoes, seasoning and worcester sauce.
  2. To make the white sauce, melt butter in a pan and then add the flour, whisking quickly to create a roux. Turn down the heat and then gradually add the milk whisking continuously to reduce lumps.
  3. Layer an oven-proof dish with the mince mixture, then pasta sheets (soak them in water first so they are a bit soft), then sauce and repeat. Grate cheese on top.
  4. Oven bake on 200C for 30-40 minutes.

Make it gluten free - use gluten free pasta

Make it vegan - use plant based milk and vegan cheese


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