04 Aug How To Make Butternut Squash Lasagna | Good Clean Quarantine
It has been a couple months since our last cooking show, but since work and the world is still sort of wonky we decided to keep Todds media production skills sharp, and play with some new hardware by cooking another recipe for you!
This Butternut Squash is a family and friends favorite. I decided to half the recipe since it was just for the 4 of us, and it was STILL more than enough! What I love about this dish is it is creamy, but not in a heavy way. The roasted garlic and butternut squash blend with half & half and marscarpone cheese to make an amazing sauce…
Lasagna Ingredients: (I alter this all the time…)
- Olive oil
- 1 1/4 lb. ground turkey (I use sausage but use whatever you prefer!)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 clove garlic, finely minced
- 2 teaspoons chopped, fresh sage leaves (or Not?)
- 12 lasagna noodles, cooked
- 4 cups fresh, baby spinach leaves
- 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (You can also use fresh mozzarella like I do!)
Butternut Squash Sauce Ingredients:
- 3 heads garlic, tops cut off
- Olive oil for drizzling
- 3 teaspoons salt, plus a pinch, divided use
- 4 lbs. butternut squash, peeled and cubed (Can use 4, 1lb. packages pre-cut squash or roast your own like I did)
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (I don’t like Italian seasoning, but some may prefer it)
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 2 cups half and half
- 4 ounces mascarpone cheese
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- To prepare the sauce, preheat the oven to 400°, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
- Drizzle a little olive oil over the 3 heads of garlic, and sprinkle a couple of pinches of salt over top, as well; wrap each head of garlic tightly in foil, and place the heads directly onto the rack in the oven to roast.
- Once the garlic heads have roasted for about 10 minutes, toss together the cubed butternut squash with about 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and the black pepper, and turn the squash out onto the lined baking sheet; now place the wrapped garlic heads onto the baking sheet next to the squash to roast along side for about 30-35 minutes until the squash is very tender (total roasting time for the garlic will end up being about 40-45 minutes).
- Once the squash is tender, remove it from the oven along with the heads of garlic, and allow the squash and garlic heads to cool slightly so they can be handled; once slightly cooled, squeeze the cloves of garlic from the whole heads, and mash lightly with a fork (they should be very tender and sweet), and set aside.
- Next, add about 1/3 of the roasted squash into the bowl of a food processor (you will work in about 3 batches), and process with about 1/3 of the roasted garlic, until smooth and pureed; turn the processed squash/garlic into a large pot, and repeat the pureeing process with the remaining squash/garlic and turn that out into the pot once pureed, as well.
- Place the pot with the pureed squash/garlic onto low heat, and add in the warm chicken stock and the warm half and half, and carefully whisk or stir to completely incorporate.
- Add in the mascarpone cheese, the parmesan and the remaining 2 teaspoons of salt, and once again stir/whisk to combine, until the mascarpone and parmesan are blended in completely; remove the sauce from the heat and set aside until ready to use for the lasagna.
- Reduce the oven temp to 350°, and have a 12”x10”x2” (roughly) baking dish on hand.
- To prepare the turkey filling for the lasagna, place a large, non-stick saute pan over medium-high heat, and add about 2 tablespoons worth of olive to the pan; once the oil gets hot, add the ground turkey into the pan, and break up the meat with a spatula or spoon.
- Next, add in the Italian seasoning, the salt, pepper and the garlic, and stir to incorporate; cook the turkey for a few minutes until cooked through and no longer pink; remove from heat and stir in the fresh sage; set aside to slightly cool.
- To assemble the lasagna, begin by adding about 1 cup of the butternut squash sauce to the bottom of the baking dish; next, add 4 of the cooked lasagna noodles over the sauce, and then add another 2 cups of the sauce over top of the noodles.
- Next, add about half of the cooked, ground turkey, followed by 2 cups of the baby spinach leaves; sprinkle over about 1 cup worth of the mozzarella cheese, and repeat the layering process by once again adding 4 lasagna noodles, 2 cups of sauce, the remainder of the ground turkey and the remaining 2 cups of baby spinach leaves, plus another sprinkle of about 1 cup worth of the cheese.
- Finish the lasagna by adding the remaining lasagna noodles, and the remaining sauce over top; smooth out the sauce over the noodles, and finish the by sprinkling the remaining 2 cups of mozzarella cheese over the top; add the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of Italian seasoning over the cheese.
- Place the lasagna into the 350° oven to bake for about 20-30 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and lightly golden.