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Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna

Delicious vegetarian lasagna recipe that uses vegetables (butternut squash, spinach), and three cheeses (Ricotta, Mozzarella, and Parmesan)!   Perfect as a veggie main dish for every day.  Healthier version of lasagna.  Also, a great holiday recipe for Thanksgiving or Christmas! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 401 kcal
Author Julia

Ingredients

Butternut Squash Filling:

  • 2 cups butternut squash puree (about half of squash)
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk or more, if needed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt plus 1/8 teaspoon more
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Spinach Filling:

  • 8 oz spinach (1 cup cooked spinach)
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste

Other Ingredients:

  • 10 oz lasagna noodles cooked (for gluten free, use Tinkyada brown rice lasagna noodles)
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese or more
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese on top
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon Basil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.

Butternut Squash Filling:

  1. For this filling, you will need to have pre-cooked butternut squash puree. Using food processor, combine 2 cups of butternut squash puree with Ricotta cheese, milk, salt and nutmeg. Add more milk if needed (to make the butternut squash filling very creamy). Mix very well, taste and add more salt, if needed.

Spinach Filling:

  1. Combine spinach, Ricotta cheese, mozzarella, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix, taste, and add more salt and pepper, if needed.

Cooking lasagna noodles:

  1. Bring a very large pot of water to boil, and cook lasagna noodles according to package instructions. Rinse in cold water, drain. Using knife, trim noodles to fit your baking dish (if necessary).

How to assemble vegetarian lasagna:

  1. Prepare a baking dish - I used a casserole dish 11 inches x 8.5 inches x 3 inches deep. Grease the lasagna dish lightly with olive oil spray. Spread 1/3 of butternut squash filling on the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle lightly with mozzarella cheese. Top with cooked lasagna noodles without overlapping (I used 3 noodles).
  2. Spread half of spinach filling over the noodles. Top lightly with Mozzarella cheese. Top with cooked noodles.
  3. Spread another layer (1/3) of butternut squash mixture, then sprinkle lightly with Mozzarella cheese. Top with cooked noodles.
  4. Spread the remaining half of spinach filling over the noodles. Top lightly with Mozzarella cheese. Top with the final layer of cooked noodles.
  5. Spread a generous amount of butternut squash filling (the remaining 1/3) over this final layer of noodles, sprinkle with grated Parmesan and remaining mozzarella cheese (about 1/2 cup of mozzarella). Generously sprinkle the cheese with Italian seasoning, paprika, basil.
  6. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 30 min. Remove foil and bake additional 10 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna
Amount Per Serving
Calories 401 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 549mg 23%
Potassium 477mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 139.9%
Vitamin C 18.8%
Calcium 44.9%
Iron 10.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.