Syns per serving 2½
❆ (ragu only, defrost completely before heating through and assembling the lasagne)
Ready in 1 hour 20 minutes
Low-calorie cooking spray
1 onion, finely chopped
2 celery sticks, finely sliced
2 carrots, finely chopped
500g skinless and boneless chicken thighs, visible fat removed, roughly chopped
250g button mushrooms, roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbsp tomato purée
400g can chopped tomatoes
1 chicken stock cube
25g fresh basil, leaves picked
10-12 dried lasagne sheets
400g plain quark
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
30g ready-made white breadcrumbs
20g fresh Parmesan, finely grated
Mixed-leaf salad or vegetables, to serve
1 Spray a large, deep, lidded, non-stick frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Fry the onion, celery and carrots for 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently, until slightly softened.
2 Meanwhile, put the chicken in a food processor and pulse to mince. Once the veg have softened, increase the heat, and add the mince and mushrooms. Season and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes until the mince is lightly browned. Add the garlic and tomato purée, and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring continuously. Add the tomatoes and a canful of water, and crumble in the stock cube. Bring to a gentle simmer, then half cover the pan. Cook for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the ragu has reduced and thickened. Stir through the basil.
3 Preheat your oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6. Spread one-third of the ragu over the base of a 20 x 30cm baking dish. Top with a layer of the lasagne sheets, breaking them up if needed to cover all the ragu. Repeat twice, finishing with the lasagne sheets.
4 Mix the quark and nutmeg. Season and spread over the lasagne. Evenly scatter over the breadcrumbs and Parmesan. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until golden. Remove from the oven and leave to stand for 5 minutes. Serve a quarter of the lasagne per person with salad or veg.
If you don’t have a food processor, you can use lean pork or turkey mince (5% fat or less) instead
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