I recently made this dish again for a small party and everyone wanted the recipe. So, here it is. I think it's a perfect way to kick off the fall season.
- 1 Medium Butternut Squash - about 1 pound
- 1 Tbsp + 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 lbs Leafy Greens - such as Kale, Spinach or Swiss Chard
- 1/4 cup Water
- 30 Fresh Sage Leaves - minced
- 1 Cup Parmesan or Local Hard Grating Cheese - grated
- 1 Cup Pecorino Cheese - grated
- 1 8oz Package No Cook Lasagna Noodles
- 6 Tbsp Butter
- 1 Small Onion - diced
- 2 Garlic Cloves - minced
- 4 Tbsp Flour
- 1 Quart Whole Milk
- Salt & Pepper
Preheat the oven to 400 °. Cut the butternut squash in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds (save them to roast for a snack) brush the cut sides of the squash with 1 Tbsp olive oil. Place them cut side up on a baking sheet and roast on a sheet pan in the oven until fork tender, about 40 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°. Remove the squash from the oven and allow it to cool. Remove and discard the skin. Cut the flesh into small cubes. Set aside.
Remove the stems from the greens, fold the leaves in half lengthwise and slice them into long thin strips. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tbsp of olive oil. Add the greens to the pan, toss gently and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook 2-3 minutes until wilted. Add 1/4 cup of water, toss the greens again, cover and let them steam for 5 minutes or until wilted but still bright green. Remove from heat and set aside.
Make the sauce by heating a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the butter. When it sizzles, add the onions and garlic with a pinch of salt and pepper. When the onions are translucent, whisk in the flour, stirring until for 1-2 minutes until golden. Slowly whisk in the milk, a little at a time. Add the sage and bring to almost boiling, then reduce to a simmer, continue stirring and allow to thicken. Season with salt and pepper. Set the sauce aside.
Combine the 2 cheeses together and set aside.
Butter a 9" x 13" baking dish. Then start assembling the lasagna by placing a layer of the noodles on the bottom of the dish. Then add a layer of cubed roasted squash, then a layer of the cooked greens, top with some of the grated cheese and then pour a layer of the white sauce. Continue layering noodles, squash, greens, cheese and sauce. Top with grated cheese and then cover and bake for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for 15 minutes more until lightly browned on top.
- Butternut Squash - Four Winds Farm
- Spinach - Migliorelli Farm
- Sage - My Garden
- Barat Cheese - Sprout Creek Farm
- Pecorino - Dancing Ewe Farm
- Butter - Ronnybrook Farm Dairy
- Garlic - Taliaferro Farms
- Flour - Wild Hive Farm
- Milk - Ronnybrook Farm Dairy