Given the time of year – it is important that our comfort food is also calorie conscious. This is why we have tested out this delicious:

Skinny Lasagne!

This recipe is taken from The Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight

But one word of warning – this one take a little while to put together – perfect for a weekend cook. If you are looking for a quicker version – try our take on Mary Berry’s Express Lasagne.

Let’s get cooking!

1. Get your ingredients together and preheat your oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

Skinny lasagne ingredients photo

  • 2 large leeks each about 300g (use 3 medium leeks if you don’t have large ones)

  • 1 medium onion

  • 2 celery sticks, trimmed (we used 4 small sticks)

  • 2 carrots, peeled

  • 500g lean minced beef

  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

  • 150g chestnut mushrooms, wiped and chopped

  • 2 tbsp flour (we used buckwheat)

  • 150ml/¼ pint red wine

  • 200ml/7fl oz beef stock, made with 1 beef stock cube

(We substituted 350ml of bouillon powder for the wine and beef stock)

  • 400g can chopped tomatoes

  • 2 tbsp tomato puree

  • 1 heaped tsp dried oregano

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 500ml semi-skimmed milk

  • 3 tbsp cornflour

  • freshly grated nutmeg, to taste

  • 50g/2oz extra-mature cheddar, grated

  • 25g/1oz parmesan, finely grated

  • 3 medium vine tomatoes, sliced

  • freshly ground black pepper

2. Prepare the leeks:

First by trimming them so that they are as long as the width of your lasagne dish – the outer leaves will become your lasagne sheets. Cut the leeks lengthways through to the middle (but no further)

Then open out the leeks and remove five or six of the narrow leaves from the centre of each leek. Thinly slice these inner leaves. Separate the larger leaves.

Skinny Lasagne Chopped Leeks photo

3. Prepare the other vegetables by finely chopping half the onion and cut the other half into wedges. Thinly slice the celery and dice the carrots.

Skinny Lasagne chopped vegetable photo

4. Start cooking the meat sauce by putting the minced beef in a large non-stick frying pan with the sliced leeks, chopped onion (but not the onion wedges), celery, carrots and garlic.

Place the pan over a medium-high heat and fry  for about 10 minutes until lightly coloured. Make sure you break up the mince.

Skinny Lasagne meat and vegie cook 1

5.Stir in the chopped mushrooms and cook for 2–3 minutes more.

Skinny Lasagne add mushroom photo

6.Sprinkle over the 2 tbsp of flour and stir it thoroughly into the mince & vegetables mixture.

Skinny Lasagne add flour photo

7. Slowly stir in the red wine and beef stock (or the bouillon powder substitute). Add the canned tomatoes, tomato purée and dried oregano, then drop a bay leaf into the pan and bring it to a simmer. Season with lots of freshly ground black pepper.

Turn down the heat slightly and leave the mince to simmer for 20–30 minutes until rich and thick, stirring occasionally.

Skinny Lasagne simmer meat sauce photo

8.While the mince is cooking, put the onion wedges in a saucepan with the remaining bay leaf.

Skinny Lasagne onion bay leaf photo

9.In a small bowl mix three tablespoons of the milk with the cornflour. Pour the rest of the milk into the pan with the onion wedges and set it over a low heat.

Bring to a very gentle simmer and cook for 2–3 minutes.

Remove from the heat and leave the milk to infuse for 10 minutes.

Remove the onion wedges and bay leaf from the infused milk with a slotted spoon, then return the pan to the heat. Give the cornflour and milk mixture a good stir until it is smooth once more and pour it into the pan with the infused milk.

Bring to a simmer and cook for five minutes, stirring regularly until the sauce is smooth and thick.

Season the sauce with a good grating of nutmeg to taste and plenty of ground black pepper.

Skinny Lasagne white sauce photo

10. Prepare the leek lasagne sheets

  • Half fill a large saucepan with water and bring to the boil. Add the leek ‘lasagne’ and bring the water back to the boil.

  • Cook the leeks for five minutes or until very tender. It is important that the leeks are tender or the lasagne will be tricky to cut later.

  • Drain in a colander under running water until cold. Drain on kitchen paper or a clean tea towel.

Skinny Lasagne blanche leek photo

11. Assemble the Skinny Lasagne!

Spoon a third of the mince mixture into your lasagne dish and top with a layer of the blanched leeks.

Skinny Lasagne assembly 1 photo

Repeat the layers twice more, finishing with leeks. Then pour the white sauce over the top layer of leeks

Skinny Lasagne assembly 2 photo

Then layer on the sliced tomatoes

Skinny Lasagne assembly 3 photo

Then sprinkle on the cheeses

Skinny Lasagne ready for oven photo

Bake for 30 minutes until golden bubbly!

Et voila!

Skinny lasagne cooked photo