For the white sauce

  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 50g plain flour
  • 600ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 whole nutmeg, to grate

For the lasagne

  • 600g fresh baby spinach
  • 25g pine nuts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 250g ricotta cheese
  • 50g parmesan, finely grated
  • 3 large courgettes, thinly sliced


  1. 1

    Heat the butter in a saucepan, then add the flour and whisk for 1 minute. Whisk in the milk a little at a time until smooth. Add the grated nutmeg and thicken, whisking, for 2 minutes.

  2. 2

    Preheat the oven to 200˚C/fan 180˚C/gas mark 6. Meanwhile, place the spinach in a large saucepan and add a splash of water. Cook over a medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes until wilted. You may need to do this in batches. Tip into a colander to drain and, when cool enough to handle, squeeze out all the excess moisture and roughly chop.

  3. 3

    Place the pine nuts in a medium saucepan and carefully toast over a low heat. Set to one side. In the same pan, heat the oil. Add the onion and gently cook for 5 minutes until softened. Add the garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes. Place the spinach in a bowl, then add the onion mixture, ricotta and half the parmesan. Season with black pepper and combine well.

  4. 4

    Place a third of the courgettes in the base of a 2-litre baking dish. Add a third of the white sauce and half the spinach mixture. Scatter with half the pine nuts and add another third of courgettes. Add another third of white sauce and the remaining spinach mixture. Scatter with the remaining pine nuts and add the remaining courgette. Finally, add the remaining white sauce and finish with the remaining parmesan. Bake for 45 minutes until golden and bubbling.

Nutritional Details

Each serving provides
  • Energy 1377kj 329kcal 16%
  • Fat 20.5g 29%
  • Saturates 9.7g 49%
  • Sugars 9.3g 10%
  • Salt 0.37g 6%

% of the Reference Intakes

Typical values per 100g: Energy 352kj/84kcal

Each serving provides

19.3g carbohydrate 2.9g fibre 15.4g protein

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