it wasn’t meant to be16 March 2010
I could post a mini-diatribe about the plan I had for yesterday, which was to blog using my phone (because we were in St. Louis for the day). I could discuss why that didn’t work, but that would just be frustrating.
So instead I will talk about this lasagna.
I don’t have a picture, because it doesn’t necessarily photograph well, but this is definitely the best new recipe I’ve tried this year. I know, I know: squash is an autumnal veggie. Let’s think outside the box, please? You’ll be glad you did.
Modified from Martha Stewart Oct. 2008
- 3 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 pound whole-milk ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 pound fresh mozzarella cheese
- Freshly grated nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup loosely packed fresh sage leaves, coarsely chopped
- 1 1/4 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock
- no-boil lasagna noodles (I prefer Trader Joe’s brand or Barilla)
- 4 ounces grated Parmesan cheese (1 1/4 cups)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Toss squash, oil, and 1 teaspoon salt on a baking sheet. Season with pepper. Bake until light gold and tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool.
- Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees. Combine ricotta, cream, yolks, mozzarella, and a pinch of nutmeg in a medium bowl (I chop all of these in the food processor as well). Season with salt.
- Melt butter in a small saute pan over medium-high heat. As soon as it starts to sizzle, add sage, and cook until light gold and slightly crisp at edges, 3 to 4 minutes.
- Place squash in a medium bowl, and mash 1/2 of it with the back of a wooden spoon, leaving the other 1/2 in whole pieces (I tend to puree all of it in the processor because I like the smoother texture). Gently stir in sage-butter mixture and stock. Season with salt and pepper.
- Spread 3/4 cup of ricotta mixture in a 9-cup baking dish. Top with a layer of noodles. Spread 1/2 of the butternut squash mixture over noodles. Top with a layer of noodles. Spread 1 cup of ricotta mixture over noodles. Repeat layering once more (noodles, squash, noodles, ricotta). Sprinkle Parmesan over ricotta mixture.
- Place baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until cheese is golden and bubbling, 30 to 35 minutes. Let stand for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.