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Marion’s Best Lasagne

Cheesy layers, optimum beefiness, rich sauce… you guys, this lasagne is next level, and doesn’t take a whole day to make. With a few tricks and some surprising ingredients, you can enjoy the family dinner of champions.


Marion’s Best Lasagne

15 minutes
2 hours

19-12 no-boil lasagne sheets (about 375g/13 oz) 

500g (1.1 lb) grated mozzarella 

1 heaped cup finely grated parmesan (about 50g/1.7 oz) 


Meat sauce: 

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 

1kg (2.2 lb) beef mince 

6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 x 400g (14 oz) cans whole peeled tomatoes 

1 x 400g (14 oz) crushed tomatoes 

1/3 cup shiro miso paste* 

3 tbsp tomato paste 

¼ cup soy sauce 

2 star anise 

½ tsp dried oregano 


Cheese sauce: 

500g (1.1 lb) cottage cheese 

2 cups finely gratedparmesan cheese (about 100g/3.5 oz) 

1 cup cream 

¼ tsp finely grated nutmeg 

1 teaspoon corn flour (cornstarch) 

1 tsp sea salt 

  • Step 1

    For the meat sauce, heat the olive oil in a deep-frying pan over high heat. Add half the beef and spread it out in the pan. Allow to sear for 4-5 minutes or until you get a nice deep colour on the bottom of the mince. Season with salt and then flip the beef over in chunks. Allow to sear another 2-3 minutes. Then add in the rest of the beef mince and stir-fry, breaking up the cooked mince with a spatula. 

  • Step 2

    Add the garlic and cook for another half a minute. Then add the tomatoes, miso paste, tomato paste, soy saucestar anise and oregano. Simmer for 30 minutes. 

  • Step 3

    For the cheese sauce, whisk all the ingredients in large bowl until well combined. 

  • Step 4

    Preheat the oven to 180°C/356°F. 

  • Step 5

    Spread 1 cup of meat sauce in the bottom of a 3L capacity casserole or baking dish (mine is about 35cm x 7cm x 25cm). Place the lasagne sheets on top, being sure to break up the sheets to that you have an even layer. Spread one-third of the meat sauce over the lasagne sheets. Then dollop over half of the cheese sauce and spread it out in an even layer. Sprinkle with a third of the grated mozzarella. Then repeat with the another layer of lasagne sheets, one-third of the meat sauce, the other half of the cheese sauce and another third of the grated mozzarella. Then place one more layer of lasagne sheets on top. Spread over the final one third of the meat sauce. 

  • Step 6

    Mix the remaining one-third of the mozzarella with the parmesan cheese. Sprinkle evenly over the meat sauce. Cover with baking paper and then with foil. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes. 

  • Step 7

    Remove the baking paper and foil and allow the lasagne and then bake for another 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and golden. 

  • Step 8

    Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 15-20 minutes so that the layers set and cool a little before slicing and serving. 

  • Notes

    – Shiro Miso is a white miso paste and is commonly found in the Asian aisle of most supermarkets or from an Asian grocery store.

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What our customers say

Rated 4.9 out of 5
4.9 out of 5 stars (based on 22 reviews)
Very good9%
Kirsty Clare
March 1, 2024


Holy hell, this is THE MOST INSANE lasagne ever!!! Outstanding! We are a family of foodies and everyone is asking for thirds! Triumph! Awesome Marion xx

November 6, 2023

Blown away!!!

I’ve been looking at this recipe for a couple of weeks. My family are all decent lasagne makers and I was put off by the non traditional ingredients. Gave it a go today and can honestly say that it’s the best lasagne I’ve ever eaten!!! Homemade or restaurant made. I followed the recipe and method precisely. This will defo be a regular in our house. Thank you so much Marion!

October 31, 2023


Delicious!! This will be my only go to lasagna recipe. The cottage cheese was perfect and actually wasn’t sour at all with the recipe. To make it lighter, I swapped out the cream and used almond milk instead and used lean beef (96% lean). A teeny dash of fish sauce for the extra umami (David Chang’s the famous chef’s idea) Still so much flavor and these swaps did not compromise the flavor.

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