Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne under 50p a head

So here is my non-meat meal that even the carnivore loves. This serves between six to four depending on whether you put it with a side or the hunger of the individuals. I had six portions possible but the carnivore went back for seconds, and then an hour later thirds. This makes me think that it must be good, and better yet it is healthy. If you wanted this to serve more my suggestion would be to bulk it out with more spinach. The ricotta could be replaced really by any soft cheese, and Jamie Oliver does a recipe where he uses 60g cheddar instead of ricotta entirely.

Ingredients

250g Ricotta
250g Spinach (I used frozen)
Nutmeg to add to the ricotta and spinach blend

8 pasta sheets
400g chopped tomatoes (1 tin)
1 small onion
(Milk, Butter, Cheese and flour for a white sauce) – Optional

1. Blend the ricotta and spinach together with a spoon. (Add nutmeg if you’ve got it)
2. Finely chop the onion and then cook for 2-3 minutes. Then add the chopped tomatoes and cook for another few minutes. (Add mixed herbs if you want)
3. Put half the tomato mixture into a oven dish cover with lasagne sheets then add half the ricotta mixture and cover with lasagne sheets.
4. Repeat.
5. At this point you can either put a white sauce over the top OR if you reserve some of the tomato mixture put that on top.

6. Put in the oven at 180c for 25-30 minutes. And see if it is golden yet.

lasagne

Pricing

250g Ricotta £1.00
250g Spinach (I used frozen) 33pence £1.30/kg
Nutmeg to add to the ricotta and spinach blend 5p for a pinch £1.83/100g

8 pasta sheets, I used about 200g so 25p 12.8p/100g
400g chopped tomatoes (1 tin) 34p
1 small onion 10p

The overall price per portion serving four is 51p, and if fed to five 41p and if fed to six 35p. Total cost £2.07

The ricotta is currently on offer at tesco though in a 3 for 2, so it is possible to save a further 33p if you would use it all up, or the other cheeses on offer. Incidentally this meal split between four has less than 400 calories in it so is a good slimming food that will make you feel full.

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4 responses to “Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne under 50p a head

  1. I’ve never actually made spinach and ricotta lasagne, looks super tasty though. As to frozen spinach (the whole leaf stuff) it’s a fabulous frugal ready ingredient. Perfect for pasta dishes, curries or noodle dishes. The only reason I can think of for buying fresh, is if you want to make green smoothies or salads; it’s a total waste of money otherwise IMO – especially as it cooks down so small, and has such a feeble shelf life! Also it’s ridiculously easy to grow if you have a wee patch to throw down some ‘perpetual spinach beet’ seeds (mine totally takes care of itself.) What are people thinking buying bags of organic fresh spinach from Waitrose? I could probably heat my house on the money some folks spend on greens that get left to wilt in the bottom ot their fridge 😀

    • I tried the canelloni and after making spinach and ricotta canelloni two or three times I figured there has to be an easier way, rather than trying to stuff all those tubes. And the lasagne was born. 😛

    • Glad you think so, used to make a canelloni version but fitting the pasta filling into the tubes is just a huge faf, so figured that has to be an easier way. And pasta sheets mean no fancy pasta with expensive price tags. 🙂

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