In our heirloom garden, we like to grow a variety of butternut squash called Waltham Butternut Winter Squash. These squashes grow to a minimum of 5 pounds in weight, and we grow enough to dedicate a few shelves just for them in our root cellar. They have a thicker and sweeter flesh than the type of butternut squash you find in the grocery store.
We like to use our squash in a dish like this because parmesan, sweet squash, almonds, sage, and a hint of sugar are the flavors in a classic tortellini or ravioli filling. Here the mixture is used to stuff rolled-up lasagna noodles, which are baked in a simple mixture of cream and Parmesan.
- 2 pounds butternut squash
- 8 lasagna noodles
- 1 1/3 cups grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1 large egg
- ¼ cup natural (unblanched) almonds, finely ground
- ¼ panko bread crumbs
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh sage or ½ teaspoon dried
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ¾ cup heavy cream
- Cook Time: 1hr
Preheat the oven 400ºF.
Halve the squash crosswise, separating the narrow neck from the bulbous bottom. Cut them both in half lengthwise; scoop out and discard the seeds. Place the squash on a rimmed baking sheet, cut side down, cover with foil, and bake for 45 minutes, or until the squash is tender. Remove the squash but leave the oven on.
Scoop out the flesh of the squash and mash. Measure out 1 ½ cups and freeze the remainder for another use.
Grease a 9-inch square baking dish.
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the noodles according to package directions. Drain and run under cold water.
In a medium bowl, stir together the squash puree, 2/3 cup of the Parmesan, the egg, almonds, panko, mustard, brown sugar, sage, salt, and pepper. Place the lasagna noodles on a work surface with the short ends facing you. Spread the squash mixture over each noodle. Roll the noodles up into compact bundles and place them, seam side down, in the baking dish.
Pour the cream over the noodles and sprinkle the remaining 2/3 cup Parmesan over the top. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the cream is bubbling and the top of the dish is lightly browned.
This recipe can be found in our Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook.