Pumpkin Lovers Lasagna
- Kosher Salt
- 1 head escarole, coarsely chopped
- 1 head garlic, cloves seperated but not peeled
- 6 TBS Butter
- 10 to 12 fresh sage leaves, torn
- 1 pound butternut squash, peeled and cut into bite sized pieces
- Freshly ground pepper
- 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
- 3 TBS all purpose flour
- 3 cups milk
- Freshly grated nutmeg
- Two 15 oz cans pure pumpkin puree
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups fresh ricotta
- 2 cups freshly grated parmigiano- reggiano
- 1 box no boil flat lasagna
- 12 oz Italien Fontina, or Gouda cheese shredded
Preparation time 30mins
Cooking time 20mins
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
Bring a few inches water to a boil in alrge pot and add salt. Cook the escarole for 5 minutes, then drain.
Cover the garlic cloves with water in a saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes. Drain and let cool. Squish the garlic pulp from the jackets into a bowl and mash with a fork.
Meanwhile, melt 3 TBS butter in a meduim saucepan over medium heat. Add the sage and stir. Add the squash, stir and season with salt and pepper. Add the chicken stock and cook, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes. All the stock should be absorbed and the squash should be lightly browned and tender. Remove from the heat.
Melt the remaining 3 TBS butter in another medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk for 1 minute. Whisk in the milk and mashed garlic and season with salt, pepper and a little nutmeg. Cook until slightly thickened (the sauce should just coat the back of the spoon evenly without breaking up on the spoon's surface).
Whisk together the pumpkin puree, 2 eggs and some salt and pepper in a small bowl.
In another bowl whisk together the ricotta, half the parmigiano reggiano and the remaining egg.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Soak the lasagna sheets in water for 5 minutes.
Pour about half the garlic sauce into the bottom of a 9 x 11 baking dish. Add a layer of lasagna sheets and then half the pumpkin mixture. Make another layer of lasagna sheets and spread with all the ricotta mixture, followed by the squash and then escarole. top with half the Fontina, another layer of lasagna sheets, the remaining pumpkin and another later of lasagna sheets. finish with the remaining garlic sauce and sprinkle with the remaining parm- reggiano and fontina.
Bake the lasagna, covered for 45 minutes. Raise the oven temperature to 400 degrees and contiue to bake uncovered for 15 more minutes. Let rest for 15 minutes then cut and serve.
Cook's note: The lasagna can be wrapped tightly and refrigerated or frozen for a make ahead meal. Reheat, covered until hot, 45 minutes to 1 hour, then uncover and bake for 10 to 15 minutes more.