This recipe for Béchamel Lasagne with Egg Noodles uses noodles instead of lasagne sheets. The béchamel sauce is infused with onion, parsley, pepper, cloves and bay leaves which adds an extra layer of flavour and makes this dish stand out from the others.
Continue reading for money saving tips and gluten and dairy free options. There is also a PDF version of this recipe at the end of the post which can be printed or saved to your device to save on paper.
*The Nutrition Facts label above should be used as a guide only. The amounts can change depending on the brands you use. To reduce the fat content always try to buy reduced fat products and lean meat when you can afford it. Look for reduced salt products and low sugar without artificial sugar replacements.
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Gluten and Dairy Free Options
For gluten free; replace the flour with cornstarch and the egg noodles with either gluten free egg noodles or gluten free fettuccine. For dairy free; replace the milk with lactose free milk, the butter with a dairy free spread and the cheese with dairy or lactose free cheese. Some people with lactose intolerance can tolerate hard cheeses such as cheddar and parmesan.
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