day 19: butternut squash + kale lasagna … don’t mind if’n I do

I think I’m getting to a point in life where there are very few things that truly shock me … maybe a few that catch my emotions off guard, disappoint or baffle, but very few that genuinely shock me. Now, food on the other hand never ceases to amaze me. Just when I think there couldn’t be anything else worth trying I find a new flavor profile that rocks my world. I say all this to say … food just doesn’t let me down.

It’s no secret, I’m from the South and there are some things I just didn’t have exposure to as a young’n. I don’t believe butternut squash and I met until the latter of my twenties. Hell, I thought it was sweet potato. It’s a truly interesting vegetable. It’s pale and seemingly boring on the outside, but a beautiful orange on the inside. It smells like cantaloupe when you cut into it raw, but roasted it mirrors sweet potato. What on earth to do with such a chameleon? Lasagna. That’s what.

Shockingly fantastic butternut squash + kale lasagna

Shockingly fantastic butternut squash + kale lasagna

What you’ll need:

  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and sliced thinly.
  • 1 handful of dinosaur kale, washed and stems removed.
  • 2 cups of milk or heavy cream (milk cause you probably have it and cream if you’re trying to put yourself into food coma & forget somethings)
  • a pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups of Italian cheeses (I used parmesan, romano, and fontina)
  • 5 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • no cook lasagna noodles

What you’ll do:

  1. Melt butter over medium heat and whisk in flour to form a rue
  2. Add nutmeg, salt & pepper
  3. Add cold milk or cream and continue to whisk until well combined
  4. Gradually add in cheese and continue to whisk until well combined
  5. Ladle sauce on the bottom and top with noodles, followed by squash, then sauce, then kale (salt & pepper each layer)
  6. Bake at 350 covered for 30 minutes
  7. Continue to bake uncovered for another 30 minutes or until top is golden brown
  8. Allow to rest for 20 minutes
  9. Serve & Enjoy!