Cheat’s pork and fennel lasagne

Enjoy a slice of this comforting and delicious pork and fennel lasagne for the perfect weeknight meal that will leave the whole family feeling satisfied.

By Sarah Murphy
  • 25 mins preparation
  • 1 hr 5 mins cooking
  • Serves 8
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  • 400 gram silverbeet, leaves and stems separated
  • 2/3 cup fresh sage leaves
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 kilogram italian-style pork and fennel sausages, skins removed
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 cup dry white wine (see recipe tip)
  • 800 gram can diced tomatoes
  • 750 gram smooth soft ricotta
  • 3/4 cup pouring cream
  • 140 gram finely grated parmesan
  • 375 gram fresh lasagne sheets


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C. Lightly grease a 3.25-litre (14-cup) ovenproof dish.
  • 2
    Finely chop silverbeet stems and leaves, then finely chop half the sage.
  • 3
    Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan over high heat. Add sausages, onion, garlic, silverbeet stems and chopped sage. Cook, breaking up sausage meat with a wooden spoon, for 20 minutes or until browned. Add silverbeet leaves and wine in two batches. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add tomatoes and bring to the boil, cooking for 5 minutes. Season to taste.
  • 4
    Whisk ricotta, cream and 1¼ cups parmesan in a large bowl until smooth. Season. Spread ½ cup of sausage mixture over base of prepared dish. Top with a quarter of the lasagne sheets. Spread with half of the remaining sausage mixture. Top with another quarter of the lasagne sheets. Spread with half the ricotta mixture. Repeat layering with another quarter of the lasagne sheets, remaining sausage mixture, remaining lasagne sheets and finishing with remaining ricotta mixture. Sprinkle with remaining parmesan.
  • 5
    Bake for 50 minutes or until golden and pasta is tender. Stand for 15 minutes before serving.
  • 6
    Heat remaining oil in a small frying pan over high heat. Carefully add remaining sage leaves, cooking for 30 seconds or until crisp. Drain on a paper towel. Sprinkle sage over lasagne before serving.


You can use chicken stock instead of white wine, if you prefer.