Squash, ricotta & sage pasta bake

Squash, ricotta & sage pasta bake

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 6

An impressive but simple veggie main course - perfect with a green salad on the side

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
445
protein
15g
carbs
40g
fat
26g
saturates
14g
fibre
0g
sugar
8g
salt
0.36g

Ingredients

  • 1 squash, weighing about 1kg, chopped into chunks
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 200ml tub crème fraîche
  • 50g parmesan, finely grated
  • 250g tub ricotta
  • small bunch of sage leaves, half chopped, half left whole
  • 12 sheets fresh lasagne

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Method

  1. Heat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Toss the squash together with the olive oil in a roasting tin. Roast the squash for 30 mins until soft and golden. While the squash is roasting, mix the crème fraîche with half the Parmesan, then set aside.
  2. When squash is ready, leave to cool slightly, then peel the skin away from the flesh. In a separate bowl, beat the ricotta with the chopped sage and remaining Parmesan and fold through the squash with some seasoning, trying not to break it up too much.
  3. Assemble the bake by spreading a little of the crème fraîche mix over a gratin dish. Then lay some of the lasagne sheets over and splodge some of the ricotta and squash mix over the pasta with more crème fraîche. Use all the ricotta mix to fill the bake, but make sure you keep some crème fraîche for the top. Finally, spread the crème fraîche over the top layer of lasagne, then scatter with the whole sage leaves. The bake can now be frozen; defrost thoroughly before cooking. Bake for 25 mins until bubbling and golden, then serve cut into squares.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2008

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fabsunnylion's picture
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A lot of work but yummy!

tiyuricc's picture
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Made as written, but needs more to add flavour - if making again, would add passata, garlic, onion and mushrooms.

las27sie's picture
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Missed out the stars. As is, I would only give it 3 stars, but when more moisture added--is 5 star.

las27sie's picture
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I made a portion of tomato sauce (2x400gr tins) and instead of the creme fraiche, added this first to the bottom of the pan. Then layered it over the no-cook lasagna sheets, and then finally over the squash mixture. With the creme fraiche this added enough moisture and my husband (not one for compliments) said he really like this recipe. Definitely one for the binder.

katycwright's picture
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this was awful. followed recipe exactly, it was dry and tasteless. first failure from good food :-(

elainelaird's picture
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Yes I needed more creme fraiche for the top too, Lovely tastes but my squash turned to mush. Perhaps I should have cut it into larger pieces (was going by the picture).

louisa22's picture
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Well i'm glad I read a few of the comments before I attempted this dish. I changed the recipe as follows:- used penne pasta (I know this makes it a whole different dish!), added paprika to the roast squash and used a bechemel(spelling!) sauce with parmesan on top. I made sure I used plenty of sage and black pepper, but it could still have done with some more. I also put plenty of olive oil on the squash when I roasted it, and added this to the ricotta mixture to make sure it wasn't too dry.

rigbyloveshopping's picture
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I followed the recipe except for the fresh sage (forgot to buy any) as previous comment there wasnt enough crème fraîche mixture so I had to mix extra, it wasnt a big hit with the family so won't make this one again.

mollymolly's picture
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This was one of the tastiest things I've ever cooked. I know what people mean about it being a little dry - it's not as moist as a normal lasagne but 100 times tastier. It's delicious. I did as others suggested and added some roasted garlic and used a bit more creme fraiche and added some chilli - it is a wonderful dish that is even tastier cold! I personally wouldn't add the tomatoes like some have suggested but some suggestions to get it a little moister would be great.

youseesaf's picture

I'm making this tonight. I'm going to roast the squash with garlic and red onion, use bechamel sauce instead of creme fraiche & parmesan, and probably add a layer of lasagne in the middle. Thanks for the tips everyone :)

felicityd's picture
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Very dry. Very disappointed, will not be making again.

sugar1's picture
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This really was very dry. I wish I had read everyone's comments beforehand - I would have added extra moisture. As it was, I had to throw most of it away.

jensmit's picture
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I have to admit to being disappointed with this. Despite using double the amount of creme fraiche I still found it very dry. Nice flavour but it would need quite a bit of adapting to make it a really good dish.

essiek42's picture

fab dish, served this at a dinner party as a veggie alternative to lasagne and all the meat eaters finished it off!
Have made this many times and each time been a success.
I use garlic olive oil when roasting the squash for an extra bit of flavour

my_dunh's picture
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I added browned shallots, crushed garlic and nutmeg to the butternut squash mixture and used a mixture of parmesan and pecorino. I sprinkled the top with pine nuts and fresh breadcrumbs. Yum!

loopy1973's picture

Followed the receipe to the letter. Found this quite a dry dish but very tasty - I added some worcestershire sauce to try and take away the dryness whilst eating it

emiliaholly's picture
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followed the recipe exactly worked out great-very tasty and very easy to make

maartjed's picture
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Lovely taste but a little dry. Next time I will make a bechamel sauce or use cream instead of creme fraiche.

vrog's picture
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Took the advice above and added some passata to make it moister

weeble's picture
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Three of us ate the whole dish! I roasted the pumpkin with red onion & two large garlic cloves. I also added toasted walnuts to the ricotta mix.

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