This post is sponsored by FREEE by Doves Farm.
Being diagnosed with coeliac disease can be a daunting prospect - especially if you're facing the thought of not eating some of your favourite foods anymore. But it doesn't have to be that way. In fact, there are so many of your favourite meals you can still create, with a few twists - and you wouldn't even know they didn't have gluten in them!
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As part of Coeliac Awareness Week this week, FREEE by Doves Farm asked me to create a recipe which you can enjoy on a gluten free diet. Which is why I went for this gluten free lasagne recipe with spinach. Because with their Freee by Doves Farm Gluten Free Organic Maize & Rice Lasagne sheets you can create a lasagne which everyone will eat!
Making my gluten free lasagne with spinach
FREEE by Doves Farm have so many gluten free products, and it's a brand I've used ever since I was first diagnosed with coeliac disease. Their Gluten Free Plain White Flour is a staple in all my bakes, and I've even used it in this gluten free lasagne recipe to make the cheese sauce layer. All the gluten free products are made in a special facility so there's no risk of cross contamination either.
For this gluten free lasagne recipe with spinach, I've gone for a classic mix of mince in a rich, tomato sauce, layered with the gluten free lasagne sheets and a gluten free cheese sauce. This is the kind of home cooked meal I absolutely love! With both pasta and cheese sauce normally containing gluten it can feel like a write-off, but you honestly wouldn't know the difference.
My gluten free lasagne recipe
This gluten free lasagne recipe makes a pretty big portion - I like to layer mine high so it's oozing with crispy, melted cheese, and happily bubbling when I take it out of the oven. Serve it up with some gluten free garlic bread and you've got the perfect gluten free family dinner, or something to share with friends. And if you want to see how I've been using some of the other amazing FREEE by Doves Farm products throughout the day, check out my Instagram too!
- 250 g Freee by Doves Farm Gluten Free Organic Maize & Rice Lasagne
- 500 g beef mince
- 1 medium onion, (peeled and finely chopped)
- 1 large carrot, (peeled and finely chopped)
- 2 celery sticks, (finely chopped)
- 1 tsp garlic paste
- 1 gluten free beef stock cube
- 2 x 400g tinned chopped tomatoes
- 100 g tomato puree
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 100 g fresh spinach
For the cheese sauce:
- 25 g unsalted butter
- 100 g Freee by Doves Farm Gluten Free Plain White Flour
- 850 ml semi-skimmed milk
- 40 g grated parmesan cheese
- 125 g grated extra mature Cheddar cheese, (plus extra for topping)
- Add a little olive oil to a large frying pan and heat. Add the onion, carrot, celery and garlic paste and fry on a medium heat for 5-10 minutes until they soften.
- Add the beef mince and crumble in the beef stock cube. Continue to fry on a med-high heat until the mince has browned off. Then add the tinned tomatoes, tomato puree, basil, oregano and balsamic vinegar. Stir and bring to the boil and then turn down to a simmer. Cook for a further 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Preheat the oven to 180'C/Gas 4. While the beef is simmering, it's time to make the cheese sauce. Firstly melt the butter in a saucepan on a low heat and then add the gluten free flour. Stir until it forms a golden-coloured, thick paste, approx 1-2 minutes.
- Add the milk to the pan approx 200ml at a time, stirring constantly. Keep stirring until the sauce comes to the boil - you may find it easier to use a whisk to ensure there are no lumps. Once it comes to the boil, turn down to a simmer and continue to whisk for around 10 minutes on a low heat, until it thickens.
- Add the parmesan and grated cheese to the sauce and continue to stir until it has melted in. Turn off the heat - it's time to start layering your lasagne!
- Spoon a third of the mince into the bottom of a baking tray (approx 25cm x 30cm) and ensure it's spread out evenly. Next cover the beef with a third of the spinach leaves. Lay out the lasagne sheets on top until covered, then layer over a third of the cheese sauce and spread evenly.
- Repeat until you have three layers, and finish with a layer of the cheese sauce. Sprinkle with some extra grated cheese and then bake in the oven for approx 45-50 minutes until the cheese is golden and it's happily bubbling. Divide up and serve hot.
Giving this gluten free recipe a go?
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