ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH RICOTTA LASAGNE

I can’t get enough of ricotta at the moment, it’s heavenly, especially in pasta dishes like this Syn Free Stuffed Spinach and Ricotta Pasta Shells.

Sweet and savoury butternut squash combined with a creamy ricotta sauce for this delicious Syn Free Roasted Butternut Squash Ricotta Lasagne.

Another favourite way to enjoy ricotta is on some crispy oven baked whole wheat toast, topped with defrosted frozen berries and a drizzle of honey for a few syns. Oh, my it’s delicious and feels so decadent. The best part of all is that ricotta can be enjoyed as a Healthy Extra A.

Butternut Squash is a perfect speed food addition to any pasta dish. It can turn the basic of pasta sauces, into something velvety and delicious. Like in this Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese or this Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce.

yield 4 servings

Ingredients

1.2kg/2.6lbs butternut squash

1 tsp of sweet paprika

1/2 tsp of garlic powder

1/4 tsp of ground sage

salt and black pepper

6 oven-ready lasagne sheets

1 onion, finely chopped

2 cloves of garlic

1 cup (240ml) of chicken or vegetable stock

270g/9.5oz of ricotta cheese – 3 HEa’s

1 egg

30g/1oz of parmesan cheese (or use a hard Italian style cheese) – HEa

cooking oil spray

fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

Preheat oven to 200c/400f (gas mark 6)

Peel butternut squash, then slice of the nose part, cut this into thin discs. Remove seeds from bulb part, and dice into small pieces and spread out on a baking tray’s lined with parchment paper.

Sprinkle with the paprika, garlic powder and sage, season with salt and black pepper.

Spray over the top with cooking oil spray and roast in the oven for approx 35-40 mins until softened.

While the butternut squash is roasting. Spray a frying pan over a medium high heat with cooking oil spray, add the onion and fry till softened. Add the garlic and fry for a further couple of mins. Remove from heat.

Once butternut squash is ready, add the cube parts only to a blender with the stock and blend to a smooth sauce.

Add this to the onion/garlic mix and then stir in the ricotta and egg, until well combine.

Then you can layer the lasagne.

Spray a square lasagne dish with cooking oil spray, add two lasagne sheets, then a half of the roasted butternut squash slices.

Pour on a 1/3 of the ricotta sauce. add another two lasagne sheets, then the other half of the roasted butternut squash slices and another 1/3 of the ricotta sauce.

Top with the final two lasagne sheets, and pour the remaining sauce over the top and sprinkle with the parmesan cheese.

Cover with foil and place in the oven and bake for 20 mins. Then remove foil, sprinkle with fresh parsley and bake for another 10-15 mins until the cheese has melted and is lightly golden.

Enjoy!!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving (1/4 of the lasagne)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 377

% Daily Value

Total Fat 9.7 g 15%

Saturated Fat 5.2 g 26%

Cholesterol 73 mg 24%

Sodium 311 mg 13%

Total Carbohydrates 57.7 g 19%

Dietary Fiber 9.7 g 39%

Sugars 6.8 g

Protein 18.6 g