Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Autumn Lasagne with Creamy, Butternut Squash and Roasted Garlic Sauce

Our family LOVES pasta, but having the usual spaghetti bolognese can be boring. Don't get me wrong the smell of a traditional Spag Bol is a beautiful thing, but sometimes having something new and exciting is needed. It's officially autumn today and this gorgeous lasagne just makes the tummy rumble. It's an excellent alternative to a traditional lasagne and super tasty!  Make this in a Crafond Roasting Pan and there is no sticky cheese mess when it's all gone. Perfect.
500g mince turkey
½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 clove garlic, finely minced
2 teaspoons chopped, fresh sage leaves
12 lasagne noodles, cooked
Creamy Butternut Squash and Roasted Garlic Sauce (recipe below)
200 g fresh, baby spinach leaves
200 g shredded mozzarella cheese
-Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
-Place a large, Crafond sauté pan over medium heat. Once the pan gets hot (2-3 minutes,) add the ground turkey into the pan, and break up the meat with a spatula or spoon; next, add in the Italian seasoning, the salt, pepper and the garlic, and stir to incorporate; cook the turkey for a few minutes until cooked through and no longer pink; remove from heat and stir in the fresh sage; set aside to slightly cool.
-To assemble the lasagne, season a roasting pan with sunflower or rapeseed oil, this will aid in clean-up later. Begin by adding about 1 cup of the Butternut Squash Sauce to the bottom of the roasting dish; next, add 4 of the cooked lasagne noodles over the sauce, and then add another 2 cups of the sauce over top of the noodles; next, add about half of the cooked, ground turkey, followed by 2 cups of the baby spinach leaves. Next, sprinkle over about 1 cup worth of the mozzarella cheese; repeat the layering process by once again adding 4 lasagne noodles, 2 cups of sauce, the remainder of the ground turkey and the remaining 2 cups of baby spinach leaves, along with another sprinkle of about 1 cup worth of the cheese; finish the lasagne by adding the remaining 4 lasagne noodles, and the remaining sauce over top; smooth out the sauce over the noodles, and finish the by sprinkling the remaining 2 cups of mozzarella cheese over the top; add the remaining ½ teaspoon of Italian seasoning over the cheese, and place the Lasagne into the 220 degree oven to bake for roughly 30-35 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and lightly golden; serve while hot.
Creamy, Butternut Squash and Roasted Garlic Sauce ingredients:
3 heads garlic, tops cut off
3 teaspoons salt, plus a pinch, divided use
1 large butternut squash, peeled and cubed 
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon black pepper
230ml cup chicken stock, warm
500ml half and half, warm
150g mascarpone cheese
30g grated Parmesan cheese
(*This sauce can be made ahead if desired, and kept refrigerated.)
-Preheat the oven to 200 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
Take 3 heads of garlic, and sprinkle a couple of pinches of salt over top, wrap each head of garlic tightly in foil, and place the heads directly onto the rack of the oven (on the side) to roast; once the garlic heads have roasted for about 10 minutes, toss together the cubed butternut squash, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and the black pepper; turn the squash out onto Plancha Plate and place it into the oven next to the garlic heads, to roast along side for about 30-35 minutes, or until the squash is very tender (the total roasting time for the garlic will end up being about 40-45 minutes); once the squash is tender, remove from the oven, along with the heads of garlic, and allow the squash and garlic heads to cool slightly, so they can be handled; once slightly cooled, squeeze the cloves of garlic from the whole heads, and mash lightly with a fork (they should be very tender and sweet), and set aside; next, add about 1/3 of the roasted squash into the bowl of a food processor (you will work in about 3 batches), and process with about 1/3 of the roasted garlic, until smooth and puréed; turn the processed squash/garlic into a Large Crafond Pot, and repeat the puréeing process with the remaining squash/garlic and turn that out into the pot once puréed, as well.
-Place the pot with the puréed squash/garlic onto low heat, and add in the warm chicken stock and the warm half and half, and carefully whisk or stir to completely incorporate; next, add in the mascarpone cheese, the Parmesan and the remaining 3 teaspoons of salt, and once again stir/whisk to combine, until the mascarpone and Parmesan are blended in completely; remove the sauce from the heat and set aside until ready to use for the lasagne. (If making ahead, cool the sauce completely, and refrigerate until ready to assemble the lasagne, at which time you can gently re-heat it stove-top.)