Butternut Squash Lasagna

January 21, 2011

It may have been 80 degrees in LA this week, but the calendar says it’s still winter, which means lots of butternut squash.  After receiving a large squash in my CSA box for the third week in a row, I had to come up with a butternut squash recipe that would use up a lot of squash AND please my we-are-tired-of-butternut-squash family.  I decided on a butternut squash lasagna.  It was so good and nutritious, and we had leftovers for next night.

3 cups cooked butternut squash puree*
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt, divided
1/2 stick butter
1 clove garlic, crushed or minced
1/4 cup flour
3 1/2 cups milk
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup basil leaves, lightly packed
1 8 oz carton creme fraiche
1 pkg no-boil lasagna noodles
1 16oz bag shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350º  In a large bowl, combine squash, sugar, and 1/2 tsp salt with a fork and set aside.  In a large pan, heat butter over low-medium heat.  Add garlic and cook 1 minute.  Whisk in flour.  Whisk in milk and nutmeg.  Increase heat to medium-high and cook sauce until it just begins to boil.  Reduce heat to medium and cook about 5 minutes, stirring continuously.  Remove from heat.  Using a food processor or blender, combine basil, creme fraiche, 1/2 tsp salt, and sauce and pulse until well blended.  Pour some sauce into the bottom of a deep casserole dish (enough to just cover the bottom, about 1 cup).  Then place a layer of lasagna noodles, then about 1 cup of butternut squash, then mozzarella.  Drizzle about 1/2 cup sauce on top of the cheese.  Then another layer of noodles, then sauce,  squash, mozzarella, sauce, noodles, sauce, squash… do this three times.  End with a final layer of noodles.  Then drizzle remaining sauce and top with remaining shredded mozzarella.  Cover and bake 55 minutes.

* For instructions on how to cook butternut squash, click here.

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  2. sandra on January 23, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Do you promise it was good? Looks like a lot of work. I just can’t imagine how it would taste but at least if I start finding squash in my mailbox, I’ll have a plan! Thanks.

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