Party Panache, Spinach & Butternut Squash Lasagna

 

Do you have a traditional dish you serve on Christmas Eve?

 

 

 

 

I know a lot of people have lasagna

 

 

 

 

Even though lasagna takes a little time to prep, it’s a perfect do ahead meal for busy holidays

 

 

 

 

This lasagna has layers of creamy spinach,

mashed butternut squash and ricotta

and an optional layer of ham

 

 

 

 

Using prepared butternut squash cubes

and no boil lasagna sheets makes this a breeze!

Roast the squash, mash, and mix with ricotta

 

 

 

 

While squash is roasting prepare the sauce

Melt the butter and let it simmer with the fresh herbs until it begins to brown

Stir in flour and seasonings

Add broth and milk, a little at a time, until sauce thickens

Then add drained spinach

Add cheese and melt

 

 

 

 

Place a layer of sauce in the bottom of casserole

Top with a layer of lasagna noodles and squash ricotta mix

Top with ham then repeat layers

Sprinkle Parmesan all over the top

 

 

 

 

Bake for 45 minutes and let set for 10 minutes

 

 

 

 

Cut into squares and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Note: If you want to make this even easier, use a prepared Alfredo sauce

It will really cut down the prep time

Garnish with reserved sage leaves

 

 

 

adapted from Half Baked Harvest

 

Spinach & Butternut Squash Lasagna

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: medium
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note: to make this recipe easier and quicker use jarred Alfredo sauce instead of making the white sauce

3 cups cubed butternut squash

1 pkg, 10 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained

2 cups chopped ham {optional}

3 T butter

2 cloves garlic, minced

6 fresh sage leaves

1 sprig fresh rosemary

2 T all purpose flour

1 cup whole milk

1 cup low sodium chicken broth

1/4 teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg

3/4 cup grated or sliced white cheddar, fontina or gouda cheese

1 cup ricotta cheese

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese or Italian blend

no boil lasagna noodles or sheets {I used 4 lasagna sheets}

Olive oil

salt & pepper

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment and place squash cubes in a mound in the center.  Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Toss to coat and spread into a thin layer.  Roast for 25-30 minutes until soft.

While squash is roasting make the white sauce.  Melt butter over medium heat in a medium sauce pan, add sage, garlic and rosemary and cook 3-4 minutes until butter bubbles and starts to brown.  Remove sage and rosemary and set aside.  Add flour and stir, forming a roux.  Slowly add milk and broth, stirring well to incorporate and thicken.  Continue to add liquid a little at a time until sauce has thickened.  Season with nutmeg, salt & pepper. This takes about 20 minutes.*  Add spinach and stir to combine.  Add cheese and stir and cook until cheese has melted.  Remove from heat.

Mash squash with the back of a spoon or fork.  Combine with ricotta and season with salt and pepper.

Put a thin layer of sauce in the bottom of a greased baking dish {8″ x 8″} top with lasagna noodles or sheets, tearing to fit in 1 layer of pasta.  Top noodles with 1/2 the squash mix and 1/2 of the ham.  Top this with 1/2 of remaining spinach sauce.  Repeat layers.  Top casserole with Parmesan and either cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes.  Baking time will depend on temperature of casserole when baking.

Let lasagna rest for 5-10 minutes to set before cutting.  Garnish with reserved sage leaves.

*use jarred Alfredo sauce and skip this step if desired

 

 

 

for another printable version click here

 

Enjoy!

 

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26 Responses to “Party Panache, Spinach & Butternut Squash Lasagna”
  1. Spinach and butternut squash sound like a wonderful addition to lasagne! Perfect for Christmas Eve or anytime! Happy Sunday!

  2. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    This looks both beautiful and yummy! Perfect to serve for Christmas or a dinner party. This would certainly impress your guests! Happy Sunday, Jenna!

  3. chef mimi says:

    I love this! Everything about it. And nothing is more comforting than lasagna, in my book!

  4. pattyanneart says:

    This sounds so delicious, Jenna! 😋💚 Perfect for a holiday dinner.

  5. Linda Gray says:

    Hi Jenna!

    Just want you to know how much I enjoy your blog – the recipes, decorating and painting. For some reason I can’t “like” things on WordPress (no idea why) but wanted you to know that I’m here reading and enjoying your blog.

    I live in Pell City and work in Homewood and I also enjoy discovering new local places that you mention.

    Thanks Jenna!

    Sincerely, Linda Gray

    • Hi, Linda, it makes me so happy to know that you are enjoying my blog, my goal is to share things people can do and enjoy! Since you work in Homewood, have you been to Alabama Goods across from Savage’s bakery? It’s owned by a friend of mine and so full of great Alabama goodies…thank you so much for introducing yourself! I wish you a very happy holiday season!

  6. Jill Kuhn says:

    I love using no-cook lasagna noodles… a BIG time saver!! Your lasagna looks yummy! ❤️

  7. Laura Kate says:

    Thanks. I really like butternut squash, to the point of going to parties with guests who bring dishes featuring butternut squash. I will add this recipe to the others I have collected over the years.

  8. Mary says:

    YUM Jenna! A perfect vegetarian option for family members without the ham 🙂

  9. lulu says:

    This is. Or a lasagna combo I’d have thought of, but since I like anything made with butternut squash it would work for me.

  10. The lasagna looks to die for and I love your table!

  11. A beautiful dish, saving it!

  12. Julie says:

    This is a nice change for lasagna and I would love to make this. I bet it tastes delicious. Hope you have a nice week Jenna.

  13. Irene says:

    This lasagna has the perfect balance between comfort food and scrumptious treat!

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