We continue our journey to find the best lasagne by trying out a Mary Berry Lasagne.

In particular, her “Express Lasagne” – when you don’t have too much time to fiddle with all the usual lasagne ingredients.


Our verdict

We did find this lasagne very easy to put together and cook – although it won’t necessarily make a large one. Use a lasagne dish which is long enough for 3 regular sized lasagne sheets side by side.

In terms of taste – the use of passata does give it a very tomatoey flavour.

Let’s us show you how we did with the recipe.

1. Getting together the ingredients, preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6 + grease your dish with butter

Mary Berry Lasagne ingredients photo

  • 1 tbsp oil + butter for greasing your lasagne pan
  • 450g pork sausage meat
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 fat garlic cloves, crushed
  • 250g sliced chestnut mushrooms
  • 200ml full-fat creme fraiche
  • 100g baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • S&P
  • 6 large lasagne sheets (we used the ones that you don’t need to soak beforehand)
  • 75g grated mature cheese
  • 500g passata

  • 2 tbsp sun-dried tomato paste (we used regular)
  • 1 tsp light muscovado sugar (we used regular)
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh sage

2. Start making the pork and spinach sauce by heating the oil in a large pan – add the sausage meat and cook until it is brown all over for 5-10 minutes. Make sure you break up the sausage meat and then add the flour.

Mary Berry Lasagne - pork sausage mixture photo

3. Add the chilli, garlic + mushrooms and fry for about 5 minutes. Then stir in the creme fraiche + spinach. Bring to the boil, let it simmer for a couple of minutes. Set aside and season with the S&P.

Mary Berry Lasagne Spinach add photo

4. Make the tomato sauce by mixing together the passata, tomato paste, sugar, thyme and basil

Mary Berry Lasagne tomato sauce mix

5. Assemble the lasagne by spooning 1/3 of the spinach sauce into the base of the dish.

Mary Berry Lasagne assembly 1 photo

Follow this with 1/3 of the tomato sauce with half of the lasagne sheets on top of this. Repeat using 2 more layers of the spinach and tomato sauces with one of the lasagne sheets. Put the grated cheese on top.

Mary Berry Lasagne assembly 2 photo

Mary Berry Lasagne ready for oven photo

6. Bake for 30–35 minutes until its golden bubbly – plate up and enjoy your Mary Berry Lasagne!

Mary Berry Lasagne plate up photo