Recipe: Poor Man’s Lasagne

Poor Man's Lasagne


Who doesn’t love Lasagne? Cheesy, meaty, pastary goodness! Bet lets face it, it’s quite a labour intensive meal with the meat sauce, the pasta layering and the cheese sauce! I gaurantee that you will be able to make this Poor Man’s Lasagne in half the time of a regular lasagne and it is every bit as yummy!

Now, I will admit the name is not particularly attractive, but the dish itself is delicious. You can pack it full of veges without the kids and hubby noticing and when you bake it all in the oven the cheese topping goes all ooey-gooey yummy!

It is super easy to make this a gluten free meal simply by using gluten free pasta instead of the regular kind.

Here is the recipe…


1-2 Tbsp Olive Oil
500g beef mince
1 brown onion
3-4 cloves of garlic, crushed
200g button mushrooms, chopped
1 Tbsp Dried Mixed Herbs
3x 440g tins diced tomatoes
2 Tbsp Tomato Paste
2 Tbsp Worcester Sauce
2x Continental Concentrated Chicken Stock Pots
1x carrot, grated
1x zucchini, grated
Salt and Pepper to Season
1x 500g packet of dried macaroni
1 Cup Grated Cheese


  1. Boil a large pot of water with a Tbsp of salt in it
  2. While waiting for the water to boil, heat the olive oil in a large saucepan.
  3. Soften the onion for 2-3 minutes and add the mixed herbs, cook for 1 more minute. Add the mince to the pan and brown
  4. Add the chopped mushroom and garlic to the pan and cook for a further 2-3 minutes
  5. Add the tinned tomatoes, tomato paste, worcester sauce, stock pots, grated carrot and grated zucchini. Simmer uncovered while the pasta cooks
  6. Preheat the oven to 180º C
  7. When the water has come to the boil add the macaroni and cook until softened. Do not cook pasta all the way in the pot as it will keep cooking in the oven.
  8. Drain the macaroni when softened
  9. In a very large oven dish spoon a layer of the meat sauce onto the base. Add the macaroni on top of the meat sauce. Put the remainder of the meat sauce on top of the macaroni layer and top with grated cheese.
  10. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes (if you like your cheese crunchy then put the oven on grill for the last few minutes of cook time)
  11. Serve with your favourite sides (we like salad and garlic bread with ours)

Please note this makes a large batch portion suitable for feeding 6-8. If you are only wanting a 1 meal sized portion then half the recipe.


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Gemma Knight - BioGemma is a kiwi Mum of one and is the Editor for The Baby View. She also works with preschool children, loves cooking, loves sunshine, loves chocolate and loses countless hours at a time looking at cute baby pictures on Instagram!


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