Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna with Cauliflower Noodles            


Though I used cauliflower noodles, feel free to use the noodles you prefer, including refined-carb-gluten-loaded pasta noodles — just don’t ask me to condone your choice.


Ingredients

Serves 8


Butternut squash mixture


2 cups butternut squash puree (about half squash)

1 cup ricotta cheese

½ cup milk (your choice of milk, I used almond)

1 teaspoon fine grain salt

Pinch of nutmeg


Spinach mixture


2 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon fresh thyme

6 oz / 170 gr fresh spinach

1 cup ricotta cheese

1 egg


Lasagna


Noodles (to make cauliflower noodles, follow this recipe)

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided

½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

Pinch of Italian seasoning (make your own Italian seasoning with this recipe)


Directions


Butternut squash mixture


Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth and creamy. Set aside.


Spinach mixture


Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and thyme and sauté for 2 minutes, until fragrant. Add the spinach and sauté until just barely wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, egg, salt, and nutmeg.

Add the spinach and stir to combine.

Transfer the spinach mixture to a food processor and pulse a few times until smooth (this is optional, but it makes for a very nice texture.)


Assemble lasagna


Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C) and place a rack in the middle.

Lightly grease a baking dish (I used a 11x8.5-inch dish) with butter or olive oil.

Spread a couple of tablespoons of butternut squash mixture at the bottom of the baking dish.

Arrange noodles side by side, covering the bottom of the baking dish.

Spread ½ of the butternut squash mixture and sprinkle 2 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese and 2 tablespoons of mozzarella cheese on top.

Cover with noodles.

Spread ½ of the spinach mixture and sprinkle  2 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese and 2 tablespoons of mozzarella cheese on top.

Repeat to make one further layer with the butternut squash mixture and ending with the spinach layer and cheese.

Sprinkle Italian seasoning over the cheese and cover with foil (to prevent sticking either spray foil with cooking spray or make sure that foil does not touch the cheese).

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake uncovered for an additional 10 minutes.

Let stand 10 minutes before serving so that the noodles can soak up some of the moisture.