Butternut Squash Spinach Lasagna
This is the second time in seven days that I’ve made a meatless meal. And the second time my carnivore Hubs has devoured it! I’ve gotta tell ya… I’m very proud of how he has adjusted to my new recipe obsession. No complaints, no questions, and no eye rolls. It must help that he can usually smell dinner cooking when he comes into the garage! Lol.
Butternut squash is one of my fall favorites, and I’m so glad I keep finding recipes that use it as a main dish instead of just a mash on the side. This one looked to be a bit complicated to begin with, but don’t worry, I have simplified the snot out of it. I promise.
This recipe uses half of a butternut squash, or you can used canned. With how easy it is to just bake one, though, why not just do it that way? Then you’ll have the other half leftover to use in other recipes, or just mash it up and add butter and salt. If you don’t have an immediate plan for it, just roast it, spin it up, and freeze for later. Or… use it up tomorrow! How about a little mexican flavor? Check out the Butternut Squash Enchilada Casserole.
Cut the squash in half the long way and scoop out the seeds & stringy stuff. Preheat the oven to 375, poke a bunch of holes in the meaty part with a fork, and place on a baking sheet face down. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until a fork can be inserted easily.
I’ve actually lost track of this step before and baked a squash for almost 2 hours. It was a bit crispy on the edges, but otherwise totally fine! Note to self… do not get lost in Pinterest while attempting to cook. Especially when you forget to set a timer.
I’ll let you read the actual recipe for the rest of the steps, basically you spin up the squash mixture in your food processor, mix up the spinach in a separate bowl, and layer with noodles and cheese. Easy peasy, eh?
Here’s what it looks like before baking, you can see I used dry, uncooked lasagna noodles. So much easier than precooked. I’ve never precooked lasagna noodles. Never.
I believe this may be the beginning of an obsession… how many other fabulous combinations can I create with lasagna noodles and cheese? Oh, boy… this could get dangerous.
Do you have a favorite lasagna-style dish? Please, do tell!
This recipe adapted from Julia’s Album.