Oh, mama. When I spotted this gorgeous fall lasagna recipe on the ever-inspiring Proud Italian Cook's blog, I had to make it post haste. This is Proud Italian's gorgeous photo below. See why I was so impatient to make this one?Sweet roasted butternut squash is layered with pasta noodles and savory parmesan cheese, then smothered with a creamy roasted garlic and rosemary bechamel sauce. I made a half batch in a loaf pan- the perfect size for sheets of no-boil noodles. This was unforgettable straight out of the oven and mouhwatering the next day too. I would have even had it for breakfast if the Quiet Man hadn't packed up the last of it and taken it for a work lunch. How often do you fight over leftovers? This makes one delightful family weeknight dinner, but it's also elegant enough for an adult dinner party-if you can stand to share it. Thanks, Proud Italian Cook! Money Saving Tips: Instead of oven roasting, I used my slowcooker for the butternut squash and garlic. Place wedges of unpeeled squash in your slow cooker and cook on high for about 4 hours. Wrap the garlic in foil and place in the slow cooker on top of the squash. It only costs about 25 cents or electricity to use your slow cooker for 6 hours. Proud Italian Cooks Recipe for a Full Batch of Butternut Squash Lasagna
About 3lbs. of peeled, seeded, squash in 1/2 in. slices
2 Heads of Roasted Garlic
1 Box of No-Boil Lasagna
Parmesan Cheese around 1 1/2 cups
First, you need to roast your squash in a hot oven at 425 degrees. till tender. Make sure you drizzle it with olive oil, salt and pepper. It will probably take about 25 mins.
In the meantime make a pot of bechemel by melting 1/4 to 1/2 cup of butter and then mixing in 1/4 to 1/2 cup of flour, keep whisking, then squeeze in your roasted garlic, add salt and black pepper.
Pour about 5 cups of milk in and whisk till thick. When squash is cooked, stir it into the sauce along with the rosemary ( about 1 tbl.) and half of the Parmesan cheese.
Reduce oven temp to 375. Layer it like you would any lasagna. Spray your baking dish, layer the noodles, and spread the sauce mixture all over, and sprinkle with cheese. Continue layering till done. Sprinkle more cheese on top. Cover with foil. Bake around 35 to 40 mins. Uncover and cook till golden brown.
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