This month’s issue of Cooking Light is killing it. Granted, it could be the preggo hormones talking, but I dog-eared almost every single page in the magazine when I got it.
Not that you asked, but here are my general thoughts on Cooking Light:
CL to me = what I imagine Pinterest is to other people. (Pinterest is far too complicated for me to ever figure out.) Take the recipe and then add your imagination (and more butter). Also, I will never use anything but full fat ricotta. So, of course this “lightened” vegetarian lasagna is really just vegetarian lasagna. Still, way to go, CL.
- 3- 4 cups cubed + peeled butternut squash
- approx 1 cup veggie broth
- 1 cup milk
- 5 garlic cloves
- salt, pepper
- dash nutmeg (really, small dash – I find nutmeg overwhelming)
- 1 cup shredded Gruyere/Swiss
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 boxes mushrooms, sliced
- 1 big bunch Swiss chard or other leafy green
- half box no boil lasagna noodles
- a little less than a cup ricotta cheese
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Combine squash, broth, milk, and garlic in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and then simmer until squash is tender (about 20 minutes). Remove from heat.
- Place squash mixture in a blender OR – use your immersion blender!! Add salt, pepper, and nutmeg and blend until smooth. Add the Gruyere and about half the mozzarella to the mixture; stir until it melts all the way in.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion and mushrooms; cook about 5-7 minutes or until browned and liquid evaporates. Add chard and a splash of broth. Cover and cook until chard wilts. Drain the mixture – you want all that excess moisture out of there.
- Spread about a cup of the squash sauce in bottom of a glass/baking dish, arrange noodles over the sauce, and top with half of the the chard/mushrooms. Dollop and spread a bit of ricotta all across. Then, repeat the process – squash sauce, noodles, chard mixture. Then, more squash, and finally, mozzarella cheese (and parm, if you feel like it).
- Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 375 for 35 minutes. Uncover and bake another 10 minutes – and then turn the heat up and broil the whole thing for the last 3 minutes. Serve topped with parsley..and a side salad to cut all that cheese!
This is a cheese-fest. Which obviously means it’s an A+ in my book. Bonus: it makes servings for dayyyyyyys.