Monday, November 14, 2011

Dish | Roasted Squash Lasagna

I've been under the weather this week with an ongoing flu that has been straight-up kicking my ass. Each night I go to bed thinking, "I'm gonna feel great tomorrow!" which has definitely not been the case. After 3 days of eating the huge pot of chicken noodle soup I had made, my taste-buds (which were barely working) started craving something else. I saw this recipe on Foodess and instantly forced myself to get out of bed and take my sniffly and sick self to the grocery store. That turned out to be slightly painful as it was way too early for me to be out and about, but it paid off in the most delicious way when this bubbly and cheesy butternut squash lasagna came out of the oven. Definitely a keeper!

ROASTED SQUASH LASAGNA  |  Recipe inspired by Foodess

2 medium butternut squash (about 3 lbs), peeled and diced into 1/2″ cubes
3 tbsp olive oil
1 shallot, finely sliced
2 tbsp minced fresh sage leaves (or 2 tsp dried)
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup butter
1 shallot, minced
1/4 cup flour
4 cups milk
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg (or more to taste)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 box of no-boil lasagna noodles
2 cups grated mozzarella
2 cups ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated fresh parmesan

1  |  To make roasted squash: Toss first 5 ingredients together and spread on a baking sheet. Bake at 400°F for about 35 minutes, until squash is tender and browned, and shallots are caramelized. Set aside. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.

2  |  To make sauce: Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add shallot and saute 2 minutes. Add flour and whisk to combine; cook 1 minute. Slowly whisk in milk. Cook, stirring regularly, until thickened – about 5 minutes. Add nutmeg, and season well with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low, and continue to stir occasionally as you prepare the lasagna.

3  |  Spread about 3/4 cup of white sauce in the bottom of a 9×12″ baking dish. Top with lasagna noodles, then another 3/4 cup (approximately) of sauce. Sprinkle with half of the roasted squash and one-third of the mozzarella, then another layer of noodles. Top second layer of noodles with white sauce and the ricotta cheese. Add another layer of noodles, white sauce, the remaining squash, and another third of the mozzarella. Top with a final layer of noodles, white sauce, the remaining mozzarella and the parmesan cheese. Bake 30 minutes or until cheese is bubbling and golden brown.

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