Pumpkin Lasagne

Image borrowed from original site

Original recipe:

https://wellnourished.com.au/pumpkin-lasagne/


PREP: 30 MINUTES | COOK: 60 MINUTES | SERVES: 6


Ingredients:

Pumpkin layer

  • 1 kg pumpkin (butternut or Jap) peeled and roughly sliced
  • 2 carrot/s (large) roughly cut
  • 200 g cauliflower (1½ cups approx.) florets broken apart
  • 1 onion/s -peeled and sliced
  • 2 clove/s garlic -peeled and sliced
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Ground black pepper -to taste
  • 50 g butter, ghee or olive oil -melted
  • 120 g (½ cup) ricotta cheese 
  • 2 eggs
  • 100 g parmesan cheese (1 cup) finely grated (though only half of this will go in the pumpkin puree, the rest is for the top)

Spinach layer

  • 50 g butter, ghee or olive oil -melted
  • 1 onion/s (large) peeled and diced
  • 1 clove/s garlic -peeled and crushed
  • 300 g baby spinach -washed
  • 100 g feta cheese -or goats feta

Tomato layer

  • 400 g diced tinned tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano

Pasta layer

  • Either regular or gluten-free lasagne sheets, or for grain-free, use a large zucchini, cut into ribbons. I have also layered both to increase the veggie content.

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180℃.
  2. In a baking tray combine the pumpkin, carrots, cauliflower, onion, garlic and fat of your choice and toss together. I use the baking dish I plan to bake the final lasagne in (saves on washing up).
  3. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until the vegetables are soft (cooked through but not overcooked).
  4. Whilst they are baking make your spinach layer by sautéing the onion and garlic in the pan with a little butter, ghee or coconut oil over a low heat until they start to soften (but not brown). Add the spinach and cook for a few minutes until the spinach wilts. Remove from the heat and place in a food processor (include any water from the wilting) with the feta or goat feta, and puree well. Set aside.
  5. Once your vegetables are baked, allow to cool a little and then puree in a food processor with the quark or ricotta, eggs, half the parmesan and more seasoning if required. The consistency should be just runny enough to pour (so the lasagne doesn’t end up too dry as the pasta sucks up moisture when cooking). If it is very thick add a little splash of water and process again.
  6. Mix the oregano in with the tomatoes (I just add it to the can and gently mix).
  7. Now arrange the lasagne using your chosen sheets of pasta or ribbons of zucchini.
  8. Grease the baking dish and layer pasta (or zucchini), followed by a third of the pumpkin, pasta, half the spinach and repeat. Finish with the last third of pumpkin puree, followed by all of the tomatoes and top with the remaining parmesan cheese.
  9. Bake for approximately 30-40 minutes or until brown on top and the pasta is cooked through.
  10. Lasagne is always easiest to slice once chilled. If it is important to have nice neat slices, chill and then slice and then re-heat. Otherwise, serve immediately.

My comments:

  • This isn’t really a weeknight meal, the multiple steps and cooking times aren’t a good option for me in a rush after work, but it is a good recipe to make ahead and freeze (or make a double batch at the same time and keep one in the freezer for another night)
  • This is a pretty impressive lasagne dish, so I usually bust this one out when we have people over for dinner and I want to impress them or show them that plant based dinners can still be tasty

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