Lasagna under PHP200: A Fancy-Ish Recipe for the Post-Christmas Broke

December 31, 2019

So you’re still reeling after shopping for all of those Christmas gifts. But ’tis the season, and you want to lift yourself off the usual fast food and cheap eats. Steaks, paellas, pork bellies—you want them all; if only they didn’t cost more than what you’re willing to (and can) pay. Well, you don’t have to worry about your post-Christmas broke-ness anymore; here’s an under PHP200 recipe for lasagna.

Fake it ’til you make it.

The dish is often on the pricier side as far as pastas go, but our version only amounts to PHP192.45 per person. Heed our disclaimer: it won’t taste like fancy lasagna, primarily because we used cheap cheese. (If you find something better in your pantry, go ahead.) Pro-tip: don’t be afraid to burn it a little bit. The charred cheese on top complements the bechamel, and the crispy lasagna pieces are just the best.


  • Serves: 2 people
  • Active time: 1 hr
  • Total time: 1 hr
  • Difficulty: Easy


Meat Sauce

  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 250g ground beef
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2/3 cup tomato paste
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • ½ tbsp. dried oregano

White Sauce

  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 1 ½ tbsp. flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • 250g lasagna sheets, cooked and drained
  • 1 cup cheese, cubed


  • 2 tbsp. parsley, chopped


  1. For the meat sauce, heat oil in a pot over medium heat.
  2. Add ground beef and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook beef until browned, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add tomato paste and toast until beginning to bubble, about 2 minutes.
  5. Add water and oregano and stir until well combined.
  6. Cook sauce until thickened and beef is tender, about 15 -20 minutes.
  7. For the white sauce, heat butter in a pan until melted and sizzling.
  8. Whisk in flour and cook for about 2 minutes, then slowly stream in the milk, whisking constantly to avoid lumps.
  9. Cook until thickened, then remove from heat and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  10. To assemble, toss the cooked lasagna sheets into the meat sauce until well coated then transfer the pasta to an oven-proof dish or skillet.
  11. Add white sauce by the spoonful over the pasta and meat sauce, then cover in grated cheese.
  12. Bake the lasagna under a broiler or 400F oven until cheese is melted and slightly browned.
  13. Garnish with parsley before serving.​
Jica Simpas Jica Simpas

Jica hopes that by writing about food she'll actually learn how to cook. But for now, she'll happily just eat everything—especially cookies.

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