Chilli Bean Lasagne

  • 20MINS
  • 1HR
  • Serves 4
  • 493KCAL

This vegetarian Chilli Bean Lasagne is oh-so-cheesy, filling and surprisingly low in calories. You won't find any mince in our recipe; we've jam-packed our layers of pasta with plenty of vegetables and lightly-spiced mixed beans. It's all topped with a low-fat cheese sauce, melty mozzarella and a handful of tangy sliced jalapeños.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories493
  • Carbs71g
  • Protein26g
  • Fat8.3g
  • Saturates3.3g
  • Sugars23g

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This hearty Chilli Bean Lasagne can be as mild or as spicy as you’d like. We’ve used chipotle paste to give our sauce a smoky heat, but there’s nothing to stop you adding less than the amount we’ve suggested to suit your taste.

We wanted this one to be nutritious, filling and satisfying without an ounce of meat involved, so we’ve made an alternative vegetarian ‘chilli mix’ using a blend of mixed beans and vegetables. They’re simmered in a homemade herby, tomato sauce, and we’ve even added a hint of paprika to warm things up a bit!

It’s not unusual for lasagne to be off the menu on a slimming diet, but our nifty recipe comes in at just 493 calories per portion. By using reduced-fat ingredients, and preparing our cheesy white sauce from scratch, we’ve made every bite lighter without compromising on the comfort food flavours you know and love.

This one’s absolutely perfect for a Meat-free Monday dinner, or a Weekly Indulgence midweek meal, with a fresh mixed salad on the side.

What diets is this Chilli Bean Lasagne suitable for?

This Chilli Bean Lasagne recipe is suitable for vegetarian diets.

It can be made gluten-free, as long as you swap out the vegetable stock cubes for gluten-free versions and use gluten-free lasagne sheets.

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Chilli Bean Lasagne?

To give our lasagne sauce a kick, we’ve added 2-3 tablespoons of chipotle paste. You may want to adjust this, depending on how spicy you like your food! 

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We used a 32cm ovenproof lasagne dish.

How many calories are in this Chilli Bean Lasagne?

There are 493 calories per portion in this Chilli Bean Lasagne, which means it falls into our Weekly Indulgence category. 

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment!

This Chilli Bean Lasagne is perfect if you’re following a calorie-controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Spray a large pan with low-calorie cooking spray, and place over a medium to high heat. Add the onions, peppers, carrots, courgette and garlic and fry for 8-10 minutes, until the vegetables have softened.

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Step 2

Add the paprika, cumin, oregano, chipotle paste and tomato puree and cook for a minute or 2 until fragrant.

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Step 3

Stir in the tomatoes, stock and Henderson’s relish, turn up the heat and bring to a boil.

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Step 4

Cover and turn the heat to medium to low. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes, while you make the cheese sauce.

Step 5

Preheat the oven to 175°C.

Step 6

Place the milk and onion granules in a small saucepan and heat until just about to boil. Whisk in the cornflour slurry and stir until thickened.

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Step 7

Add the cheese spread and stir until melted and well combined, remove from the heat and cover until you need to layer up the lasagne.

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Step 8

When the veggie sauce is cooked, stir in the beans and allow to warm through. Taste and season with some salt and pepper, if required.

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Step 9

Now layer the lasagne in a 32cm ovenproof dish.

Step 10

Spread a third of the chilli mix into the bottom of the dish, top with lasagne sheets, another layer of chilli, and build up 3 layers, ending with lasagne sheets on the top.

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Step 11

Pour the cheese sauce over the top and sprinkle over the grated mozzarella.

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Step 12

Scatter over the sliced jalapeños (these can be quite hot, so if you aren’t a fan of anything too spicy, leave these off!). 

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Step 13

Sprinkle a pinch of smoked paprika over the top. Place on a baking sheet and place in the oven for 35 minutes, until the cheese is melty and golden and the pasta feels soft when a knife is inserted through.

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Step 14

Allow to stand for 10 minutes before serving.

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How do you know when Chilli Bean Lasagne is cooked?

You’ll know Chilli Bean Lasagne is cooked when the cheese top is melted and the pasta feels soft when a knife is inserted through. This will take around 35 minutes in the oven. 

It’ll be tough to resist, but remember to let your lasagne stand for at least 10 minutes before serving!

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe. 

How long can you keep Chilli Bean Lasagne in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Chilli Bean Lasagne in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so. 

Can I freeze Chilli Bean Lasagne?

Yes, you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Separate the lasagne into individual portions.
  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer! 

How do I reheat Chilli Bean Lasagne?

From chilled: Place in a microwave-proof container with loosely-fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Chilli Bean Lasagne

You won't find any mince in our Chilli Bean Lasagne! We've filled our layers with veg and spicy beans, and topped it off with tangy jalapeños.
  • Prep Time
    20 MINS
  • Cook Time
    1 HR
  • KCals 493
  • Carbs 71G

Ingredients

  • 1 onion peeled and diced
  • 2 mixed peppers deseeded and diced
  • 1 large carrot peeled and grated
  • 1 courgette grated
  • 4 cloves of garlic peeled and crushed
  • 400 g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 400 g tin mixed beans drained and rinsed
  • 2-3 tsp chipotle paste (depending on your preferred spice levels)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika (sweet or hot, to suit your preference)
  • 2 tbsp Henderson's relish
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 200 g lasagne sheets (about 9)
  • 1 vegetable stock cube made up with 350ml boiling water
  • 140 g reduced-fat cheese spread
  • 75 g reduced-fat mozzarella grated
  • ½ tsp onion granules
  • 200 ml skimmed milk
  • a few jalapeños (slices from a jar, optional)
  • a pinch of smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp cornflour mixed to a slurry with a tbsp milk
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • low-calorie cooking spray

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32cm lasagne dish

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Instructions

  1. Spray a large pan with low-calorie cooking spray, and place over a medium to high heat. Add the onions, peppers, carrots, courgette and garlic and fry for 8-10 minutes, until the vegetables have softened.
  2. Add the paprika, cumin, oregano, chipotle paste and tomato puree and cook for a minute or 2 until fragrant.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes, stock and Henderson's relish, turn up the heat and bring to a boil.
  4. Cover and turn the heat to medium to low. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes, while you make the cheese sauce.
  5. Preheat the oven to 175°C.
  6. Place the milk and onion granules in a small saucepan and heat until just about to boil. Whisk in the cornflour slurry and stir until thickened.
  7. Add the cheese spread and stir until melted and well combined, remove from the heat and cover until you need to layer up the lasagne.
  8. When the veggie sauce is cooked, stir in the beans and allow to warm through. Taste and season with some salt and pepper, if required.
  9. Now layer the lasagne in a 32cm ovenproof dish.
  10. Spread a third of the chilli mix into the bottom of the dish, top with lasagne sheets, another layer of chilli, and build up 3 layers, ending with lasagne sheets on the top.
  11. Pour the cheese sauce over the top and sprinkle over the grated mozzarella.
  12. Scatter over the sliced jalapeños (these can be quite hot, so if you aren't a fan of anything too spicy, leave these off!).
  13. Sprinkle a pinch of smoked paprika over the top. Place on a baking sheet and place in the oven for 35 minutes, until the cheese is melty and golden and the pasta feels soft when a knife is inserted through.
  14. Allow to stand for 10 minutes before serving.

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Catherine TWednesday 24th January 2024

This looks great, but could I make it all up the night before and then store it in the fridge before oven baking for tea the following evening?

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    LisaWednesday 24th January 2024

    Hi Catherine, yes you can do this. You might need to cook it for a little longer int he oven as you’ll be cooking it from chilled.

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KSTuesday 5th December 2023

Can you make and assemble earlier in the day and then pop in the fridge and cook in the evening?

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    HollyMonday 5th February 2024

    Hey Kirsty, yes the lasagne can be assembled and cooked when ready, hope that helps!

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