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Spinach, Squash and Pine Nut Lasagna vegetarian peanut butterless main course

Ok, so you guys weren’t too crazy about the Cheesy Bacon PB Oatmeal. Let’s try something different – this recipe doesn’t even have peanut butter in it! Although it sounds like peanut butter would go really well in this recipe, considering there are pine nuts in it. Or at least there should be, but I forgot them. We got the idea for this recipe while strolling through the gourmet market in Grand Central Station in Manhattan. If you haven’t gone, you must. There is an excellent assortment of gourmet food shops – one of which was selling butternut squash, spinach and pine nut lasagna. Rather then shell out $6 a piece, we decided to make it. And now we both like this version of lasagna better than the traditional meat and red sauce kind. Plus, my fiancé did 95% of the work (a rare occurrence), which makes the whole thing even tastier! It also proves you can’t even screw up this recipe =]

Ingredients:Spinach, Squash and Pine Nut Lasagna vegetarian peanut butterless main course Print Spinach, Squash and Pine Nut Lasagna vegetarian peanut butterless main course Save

2 lbs cooked, pureed butternut squash and/or pumpkin (any ratio)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 pinch of cayenne pepper
9 lasagna noodles
2 boxes of frozen chopped spinach (thawed and squeezed dry)
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese (any kind)
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1 1/2 grated fresh Mutz (a.k.a Mozzarella)*
1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted (optional, since I forgot them)

Sauce
3 Tbsp butter or substitute
1/3 all-purpose or white whole-wheat flour
2 1/2 cups skim milk
1 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 pinch of cayenne pepper
2 shakes of nutmeg

* Note – It’s much easier to grate fresh Mozzarella if you put it in the freezer for at least 30 minutes beforehand (or overnight).

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the squash/pumpkin, garlic and cayenne in a bowl. Combine the spinach, cottage cheese and half of the Parmesan cheese in another bowl. Cook the lasagna noodles according to the package directions, but subtract 2-3 minutes from the cooking time.

2. For the sauce, heat the butter in a medium saucepan until it begins to melt, then add the flour and milk. Whisk continually until the flour dissolves and the milk begins to boil. Add the salt, pepper, cayenne and nutmeg. Lower heat and cook until the sauce thickens, stirring occasionally, for about 5-7 minutes.

3. Using a 9×13 baking dish, pour 1/3 of the sauce on the bottom, followed by 3 lasagna noodles, 1/2 of the squash mixture, 1/2 of the spinach mixture and 1/2 of the pine nuts (if using). Repeat, then top with a final layer of lasagna noodles, sauce, Mozzarella and remaining Parmesan cheese.

4. Bake for 40 minutes, or until the sides are bubbling and the cheese on top is lightly browned.

Filed in Main Course, Peanut Butterless, Vegetarian

6 Responses / Leave a comment »

  1. LuBird says:

    Awesome! Thank you for sharing. I’m sure we can figure out how to incorporate peanut butter in this. How creamy and delish would that be? Will post once we have figured out right portion. Yummmm.

    • Nick says:

      I agree! It would go perfect in the squash puree, I’m sure of it!

  2. How about a Peanut Butter dipping sauce to go along with this delish lasagna?

  3. Heather says:

    Um, yeah hi, amazing pb blog, why have I not found you before?!?! I will be web-stalking you for awhile fyi.
    -Heather

    • Nick says:

      Hi Heather! Thanks for the compliments. Welcome to my world!

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