ACORN SQUASH BECHAMEL LASAGNA WITH SAGE SAUSAGE AND SPINACH

 

  • Cooking Time: 75
  • Servings: 8-10
  • Preparation Time: 60

Ingredients

  • 2 acorn squash
  • 5 T butter
  • 4 T flour
  • 1 t salt
  • dash white pepper
  • dash nutmeg
  • 2 C whole milk
  • 12 lasagna noodles
  • 1-1 lb roll sage pork sausage
  • 1 box frozen chopped baby spinach
  • 3/4 C golden raisins
  • 30 oz carton part skim ricotta
  • 2 T maple syrup
  • cracked black pepper
  • 8 oz shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 T chopped pine nuts

Directions

  • Split acorn squash in half; remove seeds. Roast pulp side down in 1 inch of water in a 425F oven for 45 minutes. Cool until able to handle. Spoon pulp out of skin into blender; puree.
  • Melt butter in small saucepan oven medium low heat. Add flour, salt, white pepper and nutmeg; stir until combined. Add milk, whisking until sauce thickens. Add sauce to blender; mix with squash puree.
  • Boil lasagna noodles until al dente; drain and lay out on clean dish towels to prevent sticking
  • Cook sausage and spinach in a large skillet until sausage is browned, spinach is thawed, and moisture cooked off. Drain fat if needed. Add raisins to the spinach sausage mixture.
  • Assemble lasagna in an 11x8 baking dish (the deeper the better). Spread sauce to cover the bottom of the pan. Lay 3 noodles on top of sauce. Layer 1/3 sausage spinach mixture, 1/3 ricotta, 1/4 mozzarella, and sauce. Repeat twice. Top last layer of noodles with remaining sauce, mozzarella, cracked pepper and pine nuts.
  • Bake uncovered in a 350F oven for 30-40 minutes, until sauce is bubbly and the top starts to brown. If your pan is not deep, consider placing on a rimmed cookie sheet to catch drips.

Notes

The inspiration for this came from a Weight Watcher's recipe that I made for a Thanksgving potluck last year. That recipe was very simple (and not very tasty, either) with just low fat cheese and squash. With the addition of sausage, spinach, ricotta and a bechamel sauce, its a completely different approach to a fall flavored lasagna, that is decidedly NOT weight watcher's friendly. This is my Bakespace Challenge #9 entry.

Categories: Misc. One Dish 

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