Here we test out a Jamie Oliver Lasagne – adapted from the recipe known on his website as ‘Simple Baked Lasagne’.

One word of warning though – we don’t agree that it should be described as ‘simple’ – but on the plus side – it is one of the most delicious.

This Jamie Oliver lasagne includes squash and chilli which we think gives it an edge. Definitely one for a diet ‘cheat day’. If you can hang in there with its assembly – your taste buds will be rewarded!

Let’s get cooking

1. Ingredients

Jamie Oliver Lasagne ingredient list photo

  • olive oil
  • 4 rashers bacon or pancetta, finely chopped
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 finely chopped onion + carrot
  • 2 finely chopped cloves of garlic
  • 2 handfuls of chopped fresh herbs (sage, oregano, rosemary thyme)
  • 400g beef mince
  • 200g pork mince
  • 2 x 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 2 glasses of red wine or water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, de-seeded and cut into chunks
  • 1 dried red chilli, chopped up
  • 400g lasagne sheets
  • 400g mozzarella, torn into pieces

For the white sauce

  • 500ml creme fraiche
  • 2 handfuls of grated parmesan cheese

2. Turn the oven on – 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4. In a large casserole dish fry up the bacon or pancetta with the cinnamon. Once is starts to colour add in 4 tbsp of oil and mix in  the garlic, onion, carrot and the herbs you have handy.

Jamie Oliver Lasagne - Onion cook photo


3. Add in the beef and pork mince. Cook away for approx. 5 mins

Jamie Oliver Lasagne - Meat cooking photo

4. Add the tinned tomatoes, wine or water. Top with the bay leaf and bring to the boil.

Jamie Oliver Lasagne - adding tomatoes photo

5. Wet some greaseproof paper and place it on top of your dish – securing it with a lid. Place it in the oven for 2 hours.

Jamie Oliver Lasagne - cooking in oven photo

6. Coat your butternut squash with oil and the salt, pepper and chilli. Place in a roasting pan and add it to the oven for 45 minutes. During this time, separately mix the creme fraiche and the cheese (you can add a little milk if needed to break up the mixture).

Jamie Oliver Lasagne - cooking squash photo

7. Once you have removed the dishes in the oven – pump the heat up to 200C/400F/gas 6. You can start to prepare the lasagne by rubbing some oil in your lasagne dish and then lay some lasagne sheets – then the meat sauce – then some mozzarella.

Jamie Oliver Lasagne - layering photo

8. Add a layer of squash, then repeat the other layers until the last layer is made up of lasagne sheets topped with white sauce and torn up mozzarella.

Jamie Oliver - layering completed photo

9. Cook in the oven for 20 – 25 mins. Once golden – serve up and enjoy! You earned it!

Jamie Oliver Lasagne - cooked piece photo