Try this healthier variation of a traditional recipe that kids are sure to love.
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A square slice of lasagne on a plate with two green herb leaves on top
SF Soy free Main meal

Recipe adapted with permission from Cooking for kids with food allergy, Department of Nutrition and Food Service, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne.

  1. Finely chop onion, carrot & celery. Grate zucchini. Drain and rinse lentils.
  2. Heat oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add onion, garlic, carrot, celery and zucchini. Cook, stirring for 3 to 4 minutes until onion is tender.
  3. Add mince. Cook, stirring and using a wooden spoon to break up mince, for 5 to 6 minutes until browned.
  4. Add tomatoes, lentils, basil and oregano to pan. Reduce heat to medium–low. Cook covered, stirring occasionally, for at least 30 minutes or until the sauce has thickened slightly.
  5. While the sauce is cooking, preheat oven to 200°C.
  6. Place a small spread of meat sauce on the base of a large baking dish.
  7. Place lasagne sheets over the sauce in a single layer.
  8. Add a second layer of meat sauce and half the ricotta cheese.
  9. Continue layering lasagne sheets and meat sauce, repeating until the dish is almost full. Finish with a layer of meat sauce.
  10. Top with remaining ricotta cheese and sprinkle with parmesan or grated cheese.
  11. Bake in oven for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour, until cooked through and top is golden.

Recipe tips

  • If you have enough red meat on your menu but need an extra pork or poultry dish, try substituting beef mince for chicken or pork mince.
  • For a milk protein free option, lasagne can be made without ricotta and parmesan cheese.
  • For a wheat/gluten free option, gluten free lasagna sheets can be used.
  • For an egg free option, ensure pasta sheets are egg free.
  • For a nut free option, ensure crushed garlic does not contain any nut products (if using commercial crushed garlic).

Each serve provides

Food group Children’s serves
Grains (lasagne sheets) 1 children’s serve
Vegetables 2 children’s serve
Meat/alternatives (beef) 1 children’s serve
Milk/alternatives (cheese) 1 children’s serve
The nutritional information provided is based on the exact ingredients and method as shown. Any variation/s to the ingredients or method may alter the nutritional outcome.

Allergy information

This recipe does not account for potential contamination that may occur through manufacturing and processing. Ingredients in this recipe may still have precautionary allergen food labelling (e.g. “may contain traces of”).

When preparing this recipe, it is important to:

  • double-check the label of ingredients every time you make it
  • prevent any contamination during preparation, cooking and serving.

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