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How to Cook Lasagna with Lentils

Lasagna with lentils

Always a popular main course, the microwave takes a lot of the work and washing up out of this recipe. Make sure that both rater sauces are well flavored so the dish has a well-rounded taste.


  • 175g (6 oz) continental lentils

  • 900ml (11/2 pint) boiling water

  • 30ml (2 tbsp) sunflower oil

  • 1 medium onion finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 aubergine, weighing about 225g (8 oz), chopped

  • 100g (4 oz) carrots, diced

  • 400g (14 oz) can tomatoes

  • 30ml (2 tbsp) tomato puree

  • 30ml (2 tbsp) shoyu

  • 5ml (1 tsp) chopped fresh marjoram

  • Salt and black pepper

  • 450ml (3/4 pint) skimmed milk

  • 1/2 medium onion

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 6 pepper corns

  • Sprig of parsley

  • Sprig of thyme

  • 25g (1 oz) sunflower margarine

  • 25g (1 oz) whole wheat flour

  • 8-10 pieces lasagna (precooked whole wheat variety)

  • 75g (3 oz) Cheddar cheese, grated


  1. Put the lentils in a deep bowl and pour over the boiling water. Cover and cook for 12-15 mins. (all powers), stirring 2-3 times. Leave to stand for 5 mins then drain.

  2. Put the oil in a medium dish and cook for 1 min. 600W (30 secs. 700W; 1 min. 500W). Stir in the chopped onion and the garlic, then cook for 2 mins. 600W (1.5 mins. 700W; 2.5 mins. 500W).

  3. Add the aubergine and carrots, cover and cook for 5 mins. 600W (4 mins. 700W; 6 mins. 500W), stirring once.

  4. Add the tomatoes, purée, shoyu, herbs and lentils. Re-cover and cook for 5 mins. 600W (4 mins. 700W; 6 mins. 500W), stirring once. Season well.

  5. Put the milk, onion, bay leaf, peppercorns and herbs in a jug and 141 FULL for 3.5 mins. 600W (2.5 mins. 700W; 4 mins. 500W). Leave to stand for 5 mins then strain.

  6. Put the margarine in a medium dish and cook for 30 secs. Stir in the flour and cook for 30 secs then pour in the infused milk, stirring well. Cook for 2-3 mins. 600W (1 .5-2 mins. 700W; 2.5-3.5 mins. 500W), stirring every minute.

  7. In a medium dish, layer pieces of lasagna with the lentil and tomato sauce and the white sauce, finishing with white sauce. Cover with grated cheese and cook for 6 mins. 600W (5 mins. 700VV; 7.5 mins. 500W); giving the dish a quarter turn every 2 mins. Brown under a preheated conventional grill.

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