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Butternut Squash Lasagna

October 27, 2010

I’m a big fan of Mother Earth News.

It’s even crunchier than I am and always gives me great ideas – ones I mostly can’t put into action yet, but I keep them tucked away for when we have our forever home.

This month, it had several seasonal recipes for eating locally. I’m ALWAYS looking for new ideas.

I saw the recipe for butternut squash lasagna in there and thought – I HAVE to make that.  I mean, winter squash? Nutmeg? Mozzarella?  Sign me up!


  • 1 1/2-2lb butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 12 no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated


Making butternut squash lasagna isn’t too difficult, though a smidge more work than regular lasagna.  You first start with a nice butternut squash. You need about 1 1/2-2lbs, but I got mine slightly bigger because I had another butternut squash recipe to make later in the week.

So I cut it in half and put the smaller half in the fridge for another time.

I cubed the half I was using and heated the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  I added the cubed squash and tossed to coat, then sprinkled with salt and pepper.

Add the water, then cover the skillet and simmer over medium heat for about 20 minutes, until the squash is tender.  Transfer to a mixing bowl or food processor and mash. Rather than have to clean the whole food processor, I just used a potato masher, since the cubes were very soft.

I seasoned again with salt and pepper to taste and put it aside.


Melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat.  Add flour and whisk for 1 minute.  Gradually whisk in the milk.  Bring to a low boil over medium heat. I had mine on medium-high but it burned a bit, which didn’t ruin the whole thing, but made me worry.  Reduce the heat to medium-low and let simmer until the sauce thickens.  STIR OFTEN! I didn’t stir as much as I should have, so maybe that’s why the bottom burned a bit. Add nutmeg and again, season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.

Preheat the oven to 375F. Lightly butter a 13x9x2 in. baking dish.

Now, I know it may come as a surprise to anyone who can make more than a grilled cheese sandwich, but I have never made lasagna myself before.  As such, those noodles were kind of weird to work with.  I thought they would be the perfect size for the baking dish, but they weren’t. I wasn’t sure whether I was supposed to break them to fit them in perfectly or overlap them.  Oh, the choices! I overlapped them until the end when I realized I had dropped one so I threw it out, but didn’t have enough left to cover the final layer.Then I broke the rest to give me enough noodle to finish.

To layer:

Spread 3/4 cup of sauce over the prepared baking dish. Cover the bottom with one layer of lasagna noodles.  Spread half of the squash puree over the noodles.  Sprinkle 1/2 cup of mozzarella.  Drizzle 1/2 cup of sauce over the cheese.  Repeat layering once more, finishing with a layer of noodles covered by the white sauce.  It’s supposed to ONLY be white sauce, and no cheese on that final layer, but I cheated and sprinkled cheese. And I don’t regret it!

Tightly cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 40 min.  Remove cover and sprinkle remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses over the lasagna. Continue baking until sauce bubbles and top is golden, supposedly about 15 min. It never got golden for me, but maybe that’s because I put the cheese where I shouldn’t have?

Let the lasagna stand for 15 min. before serving 8.


One Comment leave one →
  1. October 31, 2010 4:06 pm

    This looks so delicious. I have seen a couple recipes for butternut squash lasagna recently, and I would really like to try it. Unfortunately I’m not sure DBF will be as on-board with this twist on lasagna, but I think I’m going to give it a try anyway. Maybe if I call it something else he won’t have the typical lasagna expectation :)

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