Posted by: weezl74 | July 27, 2011

pancake lasagne

A lovely frugal way of making your favourite Italian dinner. A firm favourite with husbands and toddlers, at 18p per adult portion it definitely goes down a treat!

140g self-raising flour
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
110ml milk
110ml water
15g vegetable oil

Mix the ingredients to form a smooth batter. Heat a large frying pan, pour in some batter and swirl around. When the top looks set, flip the pancake and cook so both sides look golden. These are basically English-style pancakes, so make them your usual way if you have one!

Note: pancakes can be pre-made either earlier that day or maybe as a bigger batch and frozen. Try making a double batch and having the other half as snacks!

Red sauce:
1 onion, chopped
1sp garlic powder (or 2ish cloves of garlic, to taste)
400g tinned tomatoes
refill the tomatoes tin full with water and add as well
handful red lentils
2-3 tsp herbs (oregano/basil/thyme or similar)
salt & pepper to taste

Soften the onions first, then simmer all these ingredients together until the lentils are soft (30 minutes). If mix looks dry, add more water.

White sauce:
Heat 1 tablespoon oil then toss in 1 tablespoon flour. Stir together and flour will go a golden colour. Gradually add roughly 2/3 – 1 pint water, stirring to integrate after every addition. Sauce should be custard level of thickness, so amount of water need will vary. Season with 1 tsp mustard powder and salt & pepper.

Now time to assemble your gorgeous lasagna! Heat oven to 180 C.
Spread a thin layer of red sauce in the bottom of your dish. Layer a pancake (torn to fit), then keep layering pancakes and red sauce until you run out of room. Leave enough room for the top layer to contain the white sauce and thin scattering of grated cheese (approx. 50g). If at any point you look like you’re going to run out of sauce, watery the remaining down a bit to stretch it further.

Cook until the cheese goes golden and bubbling – possibly 20-30 minutes, depending on your oven.

Makes 6 adult portions, serve with homemade garlic bread and/or vegetables like peas & carrots.



  1. I have never thought of pancakes, I usually use tortillas, might have to try this

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