Pomegranate Avocado Salad with Candied Walnuts.
Wednesday just got a lot more exciting, and it’s all thanks to this Butternut Squash and Sun-Dried Tomato White Lasagna.
It’s about that time of year when lasagna becomes a staple dinner around here. Every November (and December too) it seems I make a lasagna practically every week, or at least every other week. I have two that are in my rotation, and I know each recipe by heart, this classic lasagna (old recipe, but one I love so much) and this crispy prosciutto white lasagna.
The first is an extra meaty and very classic Italian style lasagna. It’s hands down my brother’s favorite, but they love anything extra meaty (typical). I make this classic style lasagna whenever the boys are in town and their friends are over, or for one of the nights when everyone is home for Christmas. It’s always a hit.
The second recipe is a white lasagna that’s a knock off of my Aunt Katie’s recipe she used to make for family parties. I swapped out the chicken and added prosciutto for a salty factor and it is delicious. Depending on how many I need to serve, I often make this in addition to the classic lasagna…for those that maybe don’t love meat quite as much as the boys.
Here’s the thing, I realized when I was planning out this year’s Thanksgiving menu that I really needed a good vegetarian option on the table too. I know turkey is supposed to be the star, but these days there are so many people who appreciate a good veggie friendly recipe.
Enter in this butternut squash lasagna.
It’s no secret that I love butternut squash. I’ve shared a handful of new recipes this season alone, but I think this lasagna is probably my favorite.
There are layers and layers of cheesy, butternut squash goodness, and I’m not sure it gets better when it comes to a white lasagna. Trust me, if you have some vegetarians at this year’s Thanksgiving (or any other party), make this lasagna. It’s sure to win over just about everyone.
The base of the lasagna is made of up of roasted butternut squash and ricotta cheese. I added in sun-dried tomatoes, one, because I love them, and two, because I think they add such a delicious sweet flavor, plus a nice pop of pretty red color too.
What’s great about this recipe is that it’s a dish that can be assembled completely in advance and then baked just before serving. I love making this the day before, keeping it in the fridge, and then just throwing it in the oven before dinner. It makes for easy, stress free entertaining.
Plus, it’s just so good. I mean, when you have four cheeses, roasted squash, sun-dried, tomatoes, and pasta involved…of course it’s going to be good! And even if you don’t need a vegetarian recipe on your Thanksgiving table this year, this dish works equally well dressed up as a fun dinner party main course, or served casually at the family dinner table.
I’m sure I will be making this recipe many times over the next couple months. Some of my brothers will be arriving in a week or so (Red and Kai are currently in Italy for some snowboarding, filming, and a Big Air contest in Milan) and with them comes all the friends…meaning big eaters. Now, if only we’d get the snow all those snowboarders need. I’m pretty sure it’s coming though.
Also, this would of course make for a pretty cozy Wednesday night dinner too.
I know it’s a bit more work for your typical weeknight dinner recipe, but some weeks just call for an extra cozy dinner mid-week.
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Plus, lasagna is always a good idea…always.
what size baking dish do you recommend for laying the ingredients before baking? 🙂
Do you mean in step 2? Just a regular sized baking sheet, a half sheet pan is what I used! Please let me know if you have any other questions! xT
When you layer the noodles in the baking dish, what size do you use?
The recipe calls for a 9×13 baking dish:)
I am hoping to make for Christmas eve! Would you adjust the recipe at all if using regular lasagna noodles and not the no-boil kind? I know sometimes the no boil ones need more liquid and was worried it would be soupy if i pre-boil. Thank you!
You should be just fine to follow the recipe as written but you will want to cook your noodles to al dente before layering the lasagna. I hope this turns out well for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xT
I hope so too! Looks amazing… thanks!
Let me know how the recipe turns out, Tina!!
Few questions, please answer all because I’m hoping to make this for a xmas dinner on Wednesday!
1. Anyway to make this a little lighter? It’s a bit too rich… I know the tomatoes would cut the richness but I won’t be using them, so can I not use as much provolone cheese? Can I use 2% milk?
2. If I make ahead, should I let it come to room temperature before I cook? I feel like if it goes in cold, the cooking time would change, no?
Sure, you can use as much or as little cheese as you like and low-fat milk. You can put it into the oven cold, that will be just fine! I hope you love the recipe! xx
I hope so too! Looks amazing… thanks!
What is the easiest way to cut &cub fresh butternut squash for cooking ?
I typically just cut off the skin and then cube from there:) Please let me know if you have any other questions, I hope you love the recipe! xx
I find that if I roast the whole squash for about 15 min at 375, I can easily cut, slice and peel the squash. I have also used frozen cubed squash for this recipe and it worked well.
The Instructions do not tell how to do the fried sage that goes in top of the lasagna after it comes out of the oven. How do you fry the sage?
You just fry the sage in oil on a pan:) Please let me know if you have any other questions, I hope you love the recipe! xx
Do you cook the noodles prior to layering or layer dry lasagna sheets ? Thank you.
Since you are using no boil lasagna sheets, you will not need to cook them first. Please let me know if you give the recipe a try, I hope you love it! xTieghan