Lasagne is a comfort food classic with layers of pasta and delicious beef ragu topped off with a cheesy Béchamel sauce.

Often very high in calories, carbohydrates and fat, lasagne isn't a great choice when you're on a fat-loss diet. This recipe substitutes high-calorie pasta sheets for sliced courgette, reducing both the calorie and carbohydrate count with one simple swap.

The Béchamel-style sauce in this recipe has been created using high-protein quark and Greek yoghurt, with a punch of cheese from the parmesan shavings. 

Ingredients:

For the lasagne:

  • 500g lean minced beef
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 500g tomato passata
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • 5 button mushrooms
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 courgette, finely sliced

For the sauce:

  • 100g quark
  • 50g Greek yoghurt
  • 25g parmesan shavings
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • Pinch of cracked black pepper

Side salad to serve.

Method:

  1. Sautee the onions, garlic and mushrooms in a non-stick pan with the herbs and spices.
  2. Add the beef mince and the halved tomatoes. Season well with sea salt and black pepper.
  3. Brown the beef mince and pour over the tomato passata.
  4. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Pre-heat the oven to 180C.
  5. In a baking dish, spray the sides with a cooking spray and pour in a third of the beef mix.
  6. Top with three or four slices of courgette.
  7. Repeat this process until you have layered up all of the beef and courgette slices.
  8. In a mixing bowl, combine the yoghurt with the quark and oregano and season well.
  9. Spread across the final layer or courgette and then sprinkle over the parmesan.
  10. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes until the top is lightly browned.
  11. Portion and serve with a side salad.

Macros:

Serves 4, per serve:

Calories: 265 Carbs: 12.5g Fat: 8.2g Protein: 35.4g

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