OK, let’s be frank on this lasagne recipe, it’s only thrifty if you shop smart picking up reduced items – stealing a glass of red wine from your partner’s bottle helps to keep the cost down too!
However, if you are too strapped for cash to take yourself to an Italian restaurant, this could be considered a thrifty way to treat yourself by bringing the restaurant into your own home.
And, using this technique you don’t have to be a chef to pull off a mega tasty dish.
I have a house-guest two times a week and her sister is looking at moving to my local area, so I told her to bring her along for dinner to welcome her to the neighbourhood.
They did suggest grabbing a take-away, but I politely declined knowing I had reduced meat in the freezer to use up.
I had a 400g of pork mince and a 400g of beef mince that I picked up for a quid each – thank you very much Sainsburys!
This makes enough ragù to make two batches of lasagne so you can freeze the spare one for another day, or even keep refrigerated to use for a nice, quick spaghetti dish the following day if you prefer.
As with a lot of things these days, I used my trusty Pressure King Pro to make this lasagne.
Here’s a quick how-to video if you prefer visuals and the full list of ingredients and instructions can be found below.
How to make Pressure King Pro Lasagne
(To make two batches)
- 400g minced pork
- 400g minced beef
- 2 tins / cartons chopped tomatoes
- 2 carrots finely chopped
- 2 celery sticks finely chopped
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 2 tsps garlic powder
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 glass of red wine (you can buy glass sized bottles)
- Salt and pepper to season
- Brown off all the mince and transfer to a large saucepan
- Add onions, carrots, onion, chopped tomatoes, garlic powder, thyme and red wine
- Season with salt and pepper then mix well
- Bring to the boil then lower to a medium heat and simmer until the wine has reduced
- Add 100ml of water to the Pressure King Pro
- Layer in the ragù, lasagne sheets, white sauce and cheese twice
- Cook on stew mode for 20 minutes
- Serve with garlic bread
I was pressed for time and white sauce was on offer in Sainsburys so I totally copped out on making my own.
It went down an absolute treat with the girls, PK and I shall be using the leftovers tomorrow.
As I said earlier, you have to shop smart to make this thrifty, but it goes to show how you can make really tasty meals if you keep your freezer stocked up with reduced goodies!
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