Friday Food: Healthy Lasagne

Healthy Lasagne

The other night one of Mr R’s friends was coming round for dinner. By dinner I mean food in front of the TV watching the football, rather than of the dinner party variety.

I decided to make a lasagne because its one of those meals I rarely make just for us and the kids – I’d love to hear from, and be totally inspired by, any Mummy who can regularly make a meal involving white sauce with a 2 year old and 9 month old running around the kitchen.


So to make this meal I split it into two parts of cooking. I made the meat sauce in time to feed the children and mixed it with their favourite ‘twirly pasta’ (fusilli) and chilled the rest.

Once they were in bed I assembled the actual lasagne and created a fairly healthy version based on our current fridge ingredients


  • 500g Turkey Mince (yes completely non-traditional I know but much lower in fat)
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 large flat mushrooms
  • 1 red pepper and 1 green pepper
  • Tin of chopped tomatoes
  • Oregano
  • Garlic
  • Black pepper (I didn’t add any salt as Pumpkin only 9 months)
  • Lasagne sheets

White Sauce

In all honesty I didn’t measure my quantities for the white sauce but a traditional recipe would involve:

  • 25g butter
  • 25g flour – I used a mix of half plain flour and half wholemeal
  • 1 pint skimmed milk
  • grating of nutmeg



  1.  Chop onion, garlic, peppers and mushrooms
  2. Fry in a little olive oil until softened
  3. In the meantime chop carrots and boil in water (I find otherwise they stay too crunchy)
  4. Fry turkey mince with herbs and seasoning
  5. Add all vegetables and chopped tomatoes to the mince

To make white sauce

  1. Melt butter and add flour until a paste is formed
  2. Slowly add milk whilst stirring continuously (this is why it’s almost impossible to make with small children in the kitchen)
  3. Add grating of nutmeg

To assemble lasagne

(I used a 22cm square dish)

  1. Layer of vegetables and mince at the bottom of dish
  2. Poor over white sauce
  3. Layer of lasagne
  4. Repeat layers finishing with white sauce and a tiny sprinkling of cheese

30 Second Summary: This variation on a traditional lasagne uses turkey mince instead of traditional beef and a high proportion of vegetables to meat. White sauce is made with the addition of wholewheat flour for extra fibre.

Do let me know your thoughts I love to hear any comments – anyone else have a favourite variation on a lasagne dish?

Tasty Tuesdays on

15 thoughts on “Friday Food: Healthy Lasagne

  1. Nicola McMahon March 6, 2015 / 9:46 pm

    Hi Rachel

    I’m enjoying your blog (especially during night feeds for my 6 month old!)

    My super cheat for lasagna is to use ricotta cheese instead of white sauce! I am terrible at making sauce without lumps but also rarely find the time or energy with two little ones but ricotta works really well for us.


    • tenminutesspare March 6, 2015 / 9:50 pm

      Nicola hi! Lovely of you to comment! How’s things going with your littlest one? I’m still feeding my 9 month old at night too. Ricotta that’s amazing! I might never make a white sauce again! Thank you x


  2. ciaraattwell March 6, 2015 / 10:58 pm

    What a brilliant idea to split the meal into two! I rarely make lasagne for the same reason as you. I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old screaming to be fed and lasagne just takes too long! When I do have the time I usually make a super quick white sauce with creme fraiche and cream cheese.


    • tenminutesspare March 6, 2015 / 11:00 pm

      Oh thank you I love your idea for a speedy sauce. I think I might try to get suggestions for modifications on


    • tenminutesspare March 6, 2015 / 11:02 pm

      Oops sorry hadn’t finished! On all my meals from now on. I’ve picked up two great suggestions to avoid faffing on with white sauce! X


  3. North East Family Fun March 7, 2015 / 7:57 am

    It’s a fab idea to make healthier vie rains of family favourite meals. I hope you enjoyed it x


    • tenminutesspare March 7, 2015 / 8:05 am

      Thanks yes it was nice… Although I’m really looking forwards to trying out the other suggestions instead of white sauce next time!


    • tenminutesspare March 7, 2015 / 9:01 pm

      Thanks I do use it loads and quorn (the vegetarian mice) too. In fact I’m quite a fan of just a full on veggie lasagne for that matter! Xx


  4. mrshsfavouritethings March 8, 2015 / 9:55 pm

    Ummm… that sounds lovely. I know that turkey mince is meant to be very lean and good for you so I might have to try it in lasagne soon. Hugs Mrs H xxxx


    • tenminutesspare March 8, 2015 / 10:00 pm

      Thanks I think it was just as nice with the turkey mince – although I often use Quorn mince too so I’m used to lasagne having a slightly non-traditional taste! xx


  5. Rachael A March 10, 2015 / 10:36 am

    You had me at healthier lasagne! Love this recipe – thanks for sharing!


    • tenminutesspare March 10, 2015 / 8:16 pm

      Thanks – I’ve just been to check out your pasta dish on TastyTuesday. Yummy!


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