Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna with Goat Cheese, Bacon, and Fried Sage

October 24, 2010


Author Notes: With the exception of the bacon on top (which you could surely leave off . . . but why on earth?!), it's a creamy, vegetarian, slightly-sweet (from the squash) meal that will feed quite a few hungry mouths. If you cook the squash ahead of time and use the no-boil noodles, it comes together fairly quickly. The fried sage on top really makes it shine!perrysplate

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 6 slices of uncooked bacon
  • 1 1/2 cups smashed roasted butternut squash
  • 8 ounces soft goat cheese
  • 1/3 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh sage or 1/2 tsp dried ground sage + 2 sprigs fresh sage to fry for garnish
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 3 cups marinara sauce (around 25 ounces)
  • 9 no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella and Provolone cheeses
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Fry the bacon (sliced or whole, whichever you prefer) in a medium saucepan over medium heat until it crisps up. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, remove leaves from the 2 sprigs of fresh sage and add to the hot bacon drippings after you remove the cooked bacon. Fry for about 45 seconds or so until they, too, crisp up. Remove fried leaves from skillet and set aside with cooked bacon bits.
  4. In a small bowl combine the goat cheese, ricotta cheese, egg, 2 T minced fresh sage, salt & pepper. Mix thoroughly. Set aside.
  5. Prepare an 11x7 inch casserole dish with nonstick spray and add spread a couple spoonfuls of marinara sauce in the bottom. Put a layer of lasagna noodles over the sauce. I used three, but I had to break one to make it fit. Spread about 1/2 cup smashed squash over noodles, followed by 1/3 of the goat cheese mixture, 1/3 of the marinara sauce and 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella. Repeat layering two more times with remaining ingredients and top with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  6. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake, uncovered, for another 15 minutes until everything is bubbly, heated through, and the cheese begins to turn golden brown. Remove from the oven and top with reserved bacon bits and fried sage. Allow to rest for about 10 minutes before slicing.
  7. Notes: 1. This obviously goes much faster if the squash is roasted ahead of time. It also freezes well. To roast a butternut squash, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Slice the squash in half, discarding seeds and gunk from the center. At this point you can either place it face-up on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil or face-down in a casserole dish and fill the dish with about 1/2-inch of water. Bake for about 40-70 minutes, depending on the size of your squash. When it's done, it should easily pierce with a fork. Allow it to cool, then scrape the flesh from the skin, discarding the skin. Mash, then proceed with recipe. This method works for just about any type of squash.

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Reviews (10) Questions (1)

10 Reviews

M September 21, 2015
Ignore me, I misread!
 
M September 21, 2015
Forgive me if this is a dumb question - but when do I add the roasted squash? With the egg and cheese mixture or does it get its own layer in the lasagna?
 
Maggie F. January 10, 2012
I really enjoyed this recipe! It was really quite easy with pre-roasted butternut squash and the flavors complimented each other well. Thanks for a great dinner last night!
 
Table9 January 12, 2011
Yummy! I cannot wait to try this, love all the ingredients.
 
castironmaiden January 12, 2011
this really wasn't as labor-intensive as i thought it would be. i loved, loved, loved the flavor combinations in this. i will definitely make this again!
 
Author Comment
perrysplate October 28, 2010
Thanks for all of the great comments! This lasagna is one of my favorites!
 
fortheloveofyum October 27, 2010
This photo instantly caught my eye, it looks wonderful!
 
Table9 October 25, 2010
This looks great! I also love the ingredients. I used goat cheese and fried sage in my roasted butternut squash recipe...just cannot go wrong with that combo!
 
Lori L. October 25, 2010
Just reading the title made my mouth water! Looks like a monster to cook, but I don't think I'll be able to resist making it this weekend.
 
TasteFood October 25, 2010
This sounds wonderful. You can't go wrong with bacon and fried sage, either!