Try a new spin on lasagna with this recipe using butternut squash, spinach and cheese.
1 large butternut squash
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
salt and pepper, to taste
1 10 oz package chopped frozen spinach, cooked and drained
2 cups cottage cheese
12 cooked whole wheat lasagna noodles
1 1/2 cups shredded mozarella cheese
Cut squash in half and scoop out seeds. Place in a baking dish skin-side up and put 1/2″ of water into the bottom of the dish. Bake at 350F for 45 min- 1 hour, until soft. Scoop out the squash and place in a large bowl. Add garlic, honey, oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth. If it’s too thick, add in the water from the baking dish to thin it out.
In another bowl, combine spinach and cottage cheese. Place 1/3 of the squash mixture into the bottom of a 9 x 12″ baking dish. Layer with 3 lasagna noodles. Spread 1/2 of the cheese mixture over the noodles. Layer with 3 more noodles. Repeat, finishing with the squash layer. Top with mozarella cheese. Bake for 45 minutes at 350F.
This is my kind of lasagna! I really loved this meal, but I think I was the only one. My boys were not interest in ‘orange lasagna’ as Cole named it. Tony said it was good but he was really tired and not that hungry so he didn’t finish it. The boys were tired too, and Cole was sick, so that didn’t help things. I froze half of it, so I look forward to having it again soon and seeing what my family thinks when they’re in better spirits.