Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Butternut Squash Lasagna

Dig in to this delicious Butternut Squash Lasagna

I love cooking with the seasons. And fall is all about comfort food for me. I love the colors, taste and feel of the root vegetables that are so prevalent. We received a butternut squash from our CSA last week and I was determined to do something fun with it. 

I have had lasagna noodles in my pantry for ages that I hadn't used, so I decided to do a butternut squash lasagna. I looked up a few different recipes, but none of them seemed just right to me. Also, I had no ricotta in the house and I didn't want to go to the store. So, I chose 3 of my favorite recipes and combined them, and played with them, and voila, created a new favorite Butternut Squash Lasagna recipe. It was a huge hit! 

Side note, as my husband was eating leftovers of the lasagna for lunch, he said to me, "I could eat this everyday. Forever." Pretty high praise!

  • 1 Butternut Squash
  • 1 Box lasagna noodles
  • 1 cup marinara sauce (homemade or jarred)
  • 1/4 c. roasted red pepper, pureed (homemade or jarred)
  • 1 handful of basil leaves, chopped
  • 6 sausage links
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 6 Tbsp Butter
  • 1/4 c Flour
  • 6 cups milk
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


Step 1: Make Butternut Squash Puree

Cut Butternut Squash in half.
Brush with olive oil.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Bake face down at 400 degrees for 1 hour. 
When done, let cool enough to be able to handle.
Scoop insides out, place in bowl and mash.
Set aside.

Step 2: Cook Lasagna Noodles

Boil one box of lasagna noodles according to directions.
I really find spreading out the cooked noodles on a baking sheet or parchment paper drizzled with olive oil makes a huge difference in the finished product.

Step 3: Make Roasted Red Pepper Marinara Sauce

Blend marinara sauce with roasted red peppers.
Mix in chopped basil.
Set aside.

Step 4: Make Filling

In a hot pan over medium-high heat, sautee garlic and onion in olive oil. 
Remove sausage from casings and add to pan. 
Once cooked, remove to a bowl and mix with butternut squash. 
Set aside.

Step 5: Make Bechamel Sauce

Melt flour in a sauce pan over medium heat. 
Whisk flour into melted butter. Continue cooking over low heat, while whisking. You do not want to let the flour brown.
Slowly whisk in milk, raise heat to medium. 
Continue to cook over medium heat, whisking continuously until thickened (about 10 minutes). Add salt and pepper to taste, reduce heat to low and continue cooking another 5-10 minutes. When complete, set aside.

Ready to Assemble (from left): Butternut Squash Sausage filling, cheeses, red sauce, bechamel, lasagna noodles.

Step 6: Put the Lasagna Together

In a 9x13 dish, place a thin layer of Bechamel Sauce.
Add about 5 lasagna noodles on top of sauce, slightly overlapping.
Top with 1/2 of the Butternut Squash Sausage filling.
Top with 1/4 c each cheese
Top with a thin layer of Bechamel Sauce
Add another layer of noodles, Butternut Squash Sausage filling, cheese, Bechamel Sauce.
Top with an additional layer of noodles, Bechamel Sauce, Roasted Red Pepper Marinara Sauce and remaining cheese. 

In the midst of layering: Bechamel, noodles, Butternut Squash Sausage filling

Cover with foil. Bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes. Uncover for the last 5-10 minutes. Let sit for about 10 minutes before cutting. Serve hot.

It was a multi-stop process, as lasagna tends to be, but so worth it! You can easily prep this in stages and can make up to a day ahead to have it ready to pop in the oven for when you need a delicious, hearty meal. You can also bake it ahead and store in smaller serving containers to be available for dinners on the go. 

1 comment:

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    Teri Harris @ Caiger And Co. Catering