Our best couple friends here in New York just had a baby. Wasn't it kind of them to get going on all this just months before we do so we can inundate them with questions at every turn? I think so!!! A few weekends ago, I had grand plans to bring over dinner to visit with the baby and catch up with the new parents.... then an icky cold struck me down.
Instead, I ended up baking a meal and dropping it off for the new parents to enjoy. It included Coconut & Lime's butternut squash and swiss chard lasagna. They confirmed its goodness so I've shared the recipe here. I must admit to being *slightly* chard out with my CSA, so I loved using up a big bunch in such a tasty way. I've added in a tomato-based top layer, unlike Coconut & Lime's version, simply because I like that kick of acidity.
P.S. You will notice there are no pictures of the final product -- I had them bake it to serve warm.
Butternut Squash & Swiss Chard Lasagna
Courtesy of Coconut & Lime
- 1 large butternut squash, sliced in half lengthwise and seeds removed
- 1/4 cup Parmesan
- 1 lb no-cook lasagna noodles
- 1 large bunch Swiss chard, rinsed and chopped into ribbons
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 15 oz ricotta cheese
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon chopped or dried sage
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 3 cups milk
- 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- salt & pepper
- 1 cup of tomato sauce
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Brush the butternut squash with a little olive oil. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until fork tender. Allow to cool slightly. Scoop out the insides and mash. Turn the oven down to 375F.
- Filling: Heat oil in a large skillet. Saute the onion until fragrant, then add the chard and sage. Saute until the chard is soft, about 3 minutes. Turn off the burner and allow to cool slightly before combining with the ricotta, nutmeg, salt, pepper and paprika.
- Sauce: Melt the butter in a sauce pan. Whisk in the flour, garlic and a few cranks of salt and pepper. Add the milk and whisk together until slightly thickened. Stir in Parmesan.
- Assembly: Spread a thin layer of white sauce on the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan. Top with noodles then layer with a layer of squash then the chard-ricotta mixture and drizzle with sauce. Repeat, until out of noodles.
- Top with 1 cup of tomato sauce & sprinkled Parmesan cheese. Bake covered for 30-35 minutes . Allow to sit about 5 minutes before slicing and serving.