Baked Bean Lasagne

March 8, 2017
Baked bean lasagne

Baked bean lasagne is a delicious and easy meal that can be made from store cupboard ingredients. It is low in calories as well so perfect if you are on a diet.

There are always times when there has been no chance to go shopping and the hungry family need a meal. What do you do when these times occur? Have a search though your store cupboard and see what you have in. The contents of packets and tins often come together to create delicious meals.

Baked bean lasagne is one of these recipes.  Made using ingredients from the store cupboard it can be put together quickly and left to bake. The oven will work its magic creating a delicious meal to feed the family. Serve with a side salad for a tasty dinner.

Baked bean lasagne on a plate with dish of lasagne behind

Baked Bean Lasagne

Baked bean lasagne is a dish that I discovered when I was a student. When you are a student you do your best to look for cheap budget dishes that fill you up whilst being tasty and quick to make. Often you need dishes that will feed a crowd for little money.

Pulses such as lentils and beans are great fillers and can be made into a variety of tasty dishes. Lentil soup or lentil stew are two of these survival dishes. They are really cheap to make, perfect when you are coming to the end of a term and are running short of money.

Everyone is familiar with lasagne. Who hasn’t made this Italian dish, delighting in the layers of pasta, meat and mix of tomato and bechamel sauce. Lasagne is always a crowd pleaser and the hot steaming dish makes a great centre piece on the table.

Baked bean lasagne is made with baked beans in the place of meat. Adding passata to the baked bean sauce adds flavour making for a delicious meal. Baked beans are naturally high in protein and fibre as well as being low in fat. This makes baked bean lasagne a great dish if you are dieting. It will keep you feeling full whilst being low in calories.

Baked bean lasagne in a dish on the table

How to make baked bean lasagne

Baked bean lasagne is really easy to make. First you need to peel and chop an onion and two cloves of garlic. Deseed and dice a red pepper. Heat some oil in a pan and gently cook the garlic, pepper and onions until they are soft. Add a tin of baked beans and a tin of chopped tomatoes into the vegetable mixture with a pinch of herbs

Next make the cheese sauce. Melt some butter in a pan and stir in some plain flour until you get a smooth paste. Gradually add the milk, stirring all the time. The paste should blend into the sauce and once it gets hot it will thicken. Add some grated cheese into the sauce and stir till it melts.

Get an oven proof dish. A rectangular dish works best as the lasagne sheets are rectangular. Preheat the oven to 180C whilst you layer up the lasagne.

Put a third of the baked bean mixture into the bottom of the dish. Top with row of lasagne sheets. Add more of the bean mixture and half of the cheese sauce. Add another row of lasagne then top with the rest of the cheese sauce. Sprinkle with grated cheese.

Pop into the oven until golden and bubbling. This will take about 45 minutes. Serve with a side salad.

A dish of baked bean lasagne on a table with a serving spoon and a plate beside it with the lasagne on

Can you prepare baked bean lasagne in advance?

You can make the baked bean lasagne ahead of time. Layer it up ready to cook and then put it in the fridge. It will be fine in the fridge for up to twelve hours so you can prepare it a day ahead.

Can I reheat baked bean lasagne?

Leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to twenty four hours. When you reheat make sure it is hot all the way through. You may need to add a little water to keep it moist.

Can you freeze baked bean lasagne?

Yes you can. Allow the lasagne to cool completely before packing it in foil or a freezer bag. It can then be frozen for up to three months. Make sure you defrost the lasagne completely before cooking. Ensure that it is thoroughly reheated before serving.

Baked Bean Lasagne Recipe

This tasty baked bean lasagne does not take long to prepare and get into the oven.

Baked bean lasagne
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

Baked bean lasagne is a delicious variation on lasagne using baked beans. It is a great budget meal and perfect if you are on a diet.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Alison Maclean
Ingredients
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 red pepper
  • 400 g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tins baked beans
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • 25 g butter
  • 25 g plain flour
  • 300 ml milk
  • 75 g grated cheese
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 10 sheets lasagne
  • black pepper for seasoning
Instructions
  1. Peel and chop the onion and garlic into small pieces.
  2. Remove the seeds from the pepper and cut into small slices.
  3. Heat some oil in a pan and gently cook the onions, garlic and pepper until they are soft.
  4. Add the tomatoes and baked beans into the pan with the herbs.
  5. Set to one side.
  6. In another pan make the cheese sauce.
  7. Melt the butter in a pan and gradually add the flour to make smooth paste.
  8. Add the milk a little at a time whilst stirring to make a smooth sauce
  9. When the sauce bubbles and thickens stir in the cheese letting it melt
  10. Remove from the heat
  11. Preheat the oven to 180C, gas mark 4
  12. In an oven proof dish add a third of the bean mixture
  13. Top with sheets of lasagne then add more bean mixture and half the cheese sauce
  14. Add another layer of lasagne and pour the rest of the cheese sauce on the top
  15. Sprinkle some grated cheese on top
  16. Bake for 40-45 minutes until golden brown and bubbling

Tasty variations on the recipe

Why not pin the recipe to make later?

Baked bean lasagne. A tasty and declious meal that is low in calories

Other recipes to try

Home made baked beans

It is really easy to make your own baked beans and they taste so much nicer. Why not make a big batch and use some to make the baked bean lasagne?

Baked beans made from scratch

Get the recipe: Home made baked beans

Barbecue baked beans

These barbecue baked beans are really tasty and make a delicious change from ordinary baked beans. These would add extra flavour to the baked bean lasagne.

home made barbecue baked beans

Get the recipe: Barbecue baked beans

What are your favourite tasty and delicious budget recipes? Let me know below.

12 responses to “Baked Bean Lasagne”

  1. Kim Carberry says:

    I think this will be going on my meal plan soon….What a great idea!

  2. Galina V says:

    What an unusual combination of cuisines. I have never thought of adding beans to lasagne. Great budget dish!

  3. Suze says:

    I’m a big fan of lasagne, it’s perfect when the weather is cold outside! Thanks for the detailed recipe

  4. I must try this as my kids are always asking for lasagne when I don’t have the right stuff in. But this I can make from bits in the cupboards

  5. Eva Swain says:

    It’s tasty, fresh and easy-doing. Actually, I’ve never tried to make lasagne with bean, HAHAHA. It’s such an an amazing recipe. Once again, thanh you!

  6. Ooh I missed this one first time round, just spotted it on Northumberland Mum’s menu plan 🙂

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