If you're looking for the ultimate traditional lasagne, this is it. It's brimming with cheese, fresh herbs and a rich beef ragu.


For the Ragu

2 Tbsp Olive Oil
900g  Beef Mince
2 Onions, roughly chopped 
4 sticks Celery, diced (optional) 
2 Garlic Cloves, crushed 
2 level Tbsp Plain Flour
150 ml Beef Stock
1 Tbsp Redcurrant Jelly 
3 Tbsp Tomato Purée
1 Tbsp chopped Thyme
2 x 400 g cans Chopped Tomatoes

For the White Sauce

50 g  Butter
50 g Plain Flour
750 ml hot Full Fat Milk
2 Tsp Dijon mustard
50 g Parmesan, finely grated 
Sea Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper

For the Lasagne

12 Lasagne sheets 
75 g mature Cheddar, grated 


Preheat the oven to160C.
For the Ragu

Heat a large frying pan until hot and add the oil.
Cook the mince until browned all over.
Remove from the heat and transfer to a plate
Add the onion, celery (if using) and garlic to the pan and cook until softened
Return the meat to the pan and stir in the flour
Add the stock and bring to the boil. Add the redcurrant jelly (or sugar), tomato purée and thyme, then stir well. 
Stir in the canned tomatoes.
Bring to the boil again, cover and simmer in the oven for 1-½ hours, or until the beef is tender. 

For the White Sauce 

Melt the butter in a saucepan.
Add the flour and cook over the heat for one minute
Gradually whisk in the hot milk, whisking until thickened
Add the Dijon mustard and parmesan cheese and season well with salt and pepper.

For the Lasagne

Preheat the oven temperature to 200C/400F/Gas 6. 

Put one third of the meat sauce in the base of a 2.3 litre shallow ovenproof dish.
Spoon one third of the white sauce on top.
Arrange one layer of lasagne sheets on top.
Spoon half of the remaining meat sauce on top and then half of the white sauce.
Put another layer of lasagne sheets on top, then the remaining meat sauce and remaining white sauce
Sprinkle over the Cheddar Cheese.
Leave for six hours before cooking so that the pasta can start to soften
Cook in the middle of the oven for about 45 minutes- or until golden brown on top, bubbling around the edges and the pasta is soft.
Serve with a mixed salad with balsamic dressing