Thursday, January 5, 2012

Brussels Sprout and Butternut Squash Lasagna Vegetarian Recipe

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There are two types of people: those who love Brussels sprouts, and those who loathe them. It was only recently I realized the reason for their bad rap. I've always halved, tossed in olive oil, and roasted my B-sprouts. I picked up a frozen bag while at Whole Foods one day, mistakenly thinking they would come in handy on a busy night down the road. The night came where I pulled that bag out of the freezer and cooked them in a saute pan. Ick! Where did my crisp, golden-skinned, tender, buttery Brussels sprouts go? And what were these flavorless mush balls? Moral of the story: if you've never roasted these babies, make a point of trying it this week, mmkay? 

See, they're cute! 

My Spring Veggie and Goat Cheese Lasagna got rave reviews from my friends (thanks friends!) for being so quick and simple. And delicious. And filled with veggies that any kid would eat. So I decided to use the same method with winter vegetables.

The thing I love most is that it lasts two days in our house and is even better on the second day after the flavors have had a chance to meld. 

4 year old response to this recipe: "I want to have this baaa-zanya every night for dinner!"

Brussels Sprout and Butternut Squash Lasagna 
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serves 6 
3 cups quartered Brussels sprouts
3 cups diced butternut squash
1 Tablespoon butter
1 shallot, chopped
6 fresh sage leaves, chopped
1 egg
15 oz ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus 1/4 cup for topping
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
7 oz fresh pesto sauce (I used Trader Joe's)
8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, drained of water and sliced
lasagna noodles (Fresh lasagna sheets or cooked. "No boil" does not work well in this recipe)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place Brussels sprouts and butternut squash on a large rimed baking sheet. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper. Roast until lightly browned in parts and tender, about 15 minutes.

Melt butter in a saute pan over medium heat. Cook shallots and sage until tender. Add to Brussels sprouts and squash, tossing to combine.

In a medium bowl, stir together egg, ricotta, Parmesan, and nutmeg.

Spread a thin layer of pesto over bottom of a 11 x 7 inch baking dish. Cover with one layer of noodles. Spoon half the vegetable mixture over pasta. Spread half the ricotta mixture over the vegetables. Cover with 1/2 the mozzarella slices. Top with a second layer of lasagna noodles and spread pesto over. Top with remaining vegetables, ricotta, third layer of noodles, and pesto. Top with remaining mozzarella slices and 1/4 cup Parmesan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes or until bubbly.






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70 comments:

  1. This was maaaade for my soul!

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  2. I'am beyond sold on this recipe...Brussels Sprouts are one of my favorite veggies and I love vegetarian meals! Im going to make this next Wednesday on our weekly pasta night!! Happy Thursday!

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  3. So funny, I just emailed my hubs at work to say " I'm weird, just made a bowlful of steamed brussel sprouts and I loved them!" I usually roast them but my oven is broken so it took me ages as I balanced the steamer on top of the kettle again and again and again.

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  4. aww this is great for this winter season!!! i have to try this really look so yummy!!!!
    xoxo, Haus of Gala

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  5. Looks like some fab baaa-zanya Marina. My kids are anti B Squash right now. I grew far too many last summer. My basement is loaded. I'm with you on the Brussels sprouts though...delish! But not the frozen ones. They should be illegal. Happy Thursday!! xoxo

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  6. They are cute! And I'm normally not a fan. But for you...I will try them again. ;)

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  7. this is so incredibly awesome! LOVE IT and your photography is simply OVER THE TOP!!! just pinned it! thanks for sharing : ) sending hugs and can't wait to try this in my vegetarian household!!!!

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  8. This sounds really divine - if a 4 year old loves brussles sprouts you must be doing something fairly magical! This recipe sounds just this, really creative and I can't wait to try it :)
    Mary x

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  9. This looks delicious! I love roasted brussels sprouts and I'll be sure to steer clear of the frozen bags.

    And helloooo...Glamour Magazine!! That is awesome, congrats!!

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  10. Ummm...do you KNOW how good this looks? Yeah. Probably. ;)
    Congratulations....I think you're about to make me a brussel sprout believer!

    Trying this!!!

    And nothing better than our children's funny mispronunciations. :)

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  11. This sounds delicious! I love both of the main ingredients. I always hated brussel sprouts growing up as a kid, now i just love them!

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  12. Mmmm this sounds delicious!

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  13. Being a big fan of lasagnae, I feel so much tempted by looking at this recipe.

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  14. Nice articles. I'm just blogwalking and very happy to stop here. And also give you some comment here.

    Dont forget to give us some your comment into my blog too.

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  15. Mmmm, this looks so good! And I love that it's vegetarian :)

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  16. This looks AMAZING! I am going to have to try this with GF lasagna noodles!

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  17. Hi Marina,
    You have a beautiful blog and I love this recipe! I am always scratching my head to cook vegetarian dishes when I have family over. This seems perfect.

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  18. Oooh I love brussels sprouts AND butternut squash! Don't know why I haven't combined them yet, so I'm super glad that you shared your recipe!

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  19. Mmkay I will try them but if I still loathe them I'm coming back to tell ya. Lol. I have actually never tried brussels, so I can't really say whether I love or loathe. They scare me though. But for you, cuz I adore you I am actually going to try them. First I have to track some down.

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  20. This looks great-I may even get my husband to eat brussel sprouts. I agree that everything is better roasted!

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  21. again, scrumptious!

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  22. I am completely in love with this dish. Brussels sprouts are my favorite veggie and everyone loves lasagna. Fabulous recipe and photos. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  23. I am a fan of brussel sprouts so this recipe is calling my name!

    You have such a wonderful blog :)

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  24. This is so incredibly beautiful! And while I love brussels sprouts- who would have thought that they wind up in lasagna!!

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  25. Lovely lasagna. I love Brussels sprouts.
    I have never seen them nnthe stem, live and learn :))

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  26. Hey there Marina,

    What a great blog you have! I am so envious of that beautiful stalk of brussels;)

    You have so much good stuff here. Cannot wait to peruse further...

    -Erin

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  27. This dish looks right up my alley as I love brussels and squash but not sure my kids would go for it. They are very adventurous eaters but when it comes to brussels sprouts they can't seem to choke them down. I roast them and get them all crispy but it's just not something they like at this point in time :(

    Maybe I will make the lasagna sans the brussels!

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  28. It seems like an odd combination but I bet it tastes really good! I have a ton of butternut squash and Brussels sprouts, so this dish will be made this weekend!

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  29. Oh yum. This looks so fanstastic and unusual. I love brussel sprouts!

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  30. This actually looks good to me, although I'm not a huge veggie person (horrible, I know--I just stuff them in and get it over with!).

    Visiting back from http://www.mybabysleepguide.com/

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm a new follower :)

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  31. Now this is something TOTALLY different and unique I would LOVE to try!!

    Those hot pink measuring cups are hot stuff!!

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  32. this looks really good! I must try it. I was wanting to cook some sprouts around the holidays and of course I didn't have any takers. so maybe this will solve that sprouts problem. Another hit! and the photography is beautiful.

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  33. Love Brussels sprouts! And this is a perfect way to hide them for my hubby who doesn't like them as much as me.

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  34. I love all sorts of food, but I just can't get behind Brussel Sprouts. Maybe just because they remind me of an ex boyfriend who ate them all the time. Your pictures almost make me forget the taste ;).

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  35. I hated BS all my life until last year. And then I had them roasted. Now, I'm obsessed. I wanna make this--I've everything but the butternut squash!

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  36. wow! this sounds amazing! :) thanks!

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  37. How many people do you think this recipe could serve?

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  38. Nevermind! I just found where is says it serves six! :)

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  39. Mmmm these look SO delicious and hehe we have the same measuring cups! Great minds think alike ;)

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  40. I myself...LOVE them! What a delicious lasagna!

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  41. I'm in the Love 'Em crowd! This sounds like a great lasagna!

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  42. I would never think of this combo on my own but I am super intrigued! Looks healthy and yummy...an unbeatable combo!

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  43. wow!! Looks so delicious!! & lovely captures!
    Midweek Fiesta
    Decorating Challenge-Royal Icing

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  44. Looks delish! I love brussel sprouts

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  45. This looks scrumptious and I am sure could convince the most ardent brussels sprouts lover to enjoy them!!

    I'd love for you to submit your gorgeous lasagna to Vegolicious, a photo gallery of the best vegetarian food on the internet.

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  46. your like a modern and chic martha stewart! You amaze me

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  47. I ADORE Brussels Sprouts and this lasagna is gonna be out dinner soon.
    This year on Thanksgiving I bought my first ever bag of frozen Brussels Sprouts. I cried when I saw how they turned out. I'm never gonna buy another bag.

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  48. Marina, I too am a huge fan of Brussels sprouts. That sounds awful about those frozen ones. Roasted & sautéed, this girl is in heaven! This lasagna is a great way to include two of my favorites :)
    Pinned & FB'ed

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  49. This recipe looks delicious! I used to be one of those people that loathed brussel sprouts, but I love them now. Must be something with getting a little older and wiser ;-)

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  50. What a great blog you have, and your photography is amazing. I am a new follower. If you care to check out my site that would be great.

    http://hmmargazi.blogspot.com

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  51. This looks so tasty. What a great combo of veggies all in a delish lasagna!

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  52. I can never visit your blog without getting hungry. Once again a totally delicious healthy recipe, a must try for me!

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  53. Beautiful recipe and beautiful blog! I just found it and I am already a fan :-). So many delicious ideas and amazing photography! I am subscribing and will be back soon :-)

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  54. Hey Marina! Thanks for following my blog, ScrapityAnne. I'm loving the bloggymoms, we really do follow through! BTW, I love the brussels sprout recipe. YUM!

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  55. I love lasagna! And brussels sprouts are one of those things I've been trying to love lately...but I seriously think that combining the two might be the trick :)

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  56. I've been looking for a recipe to brave brusselsprouts with. This looks delicious. Thank you Marina!

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  57. If only you could cook for me every night! You knock it out of the park every day! This looks awesome!

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  58. Love, love, love brussel sprouts!!! Just pinned this one to put on the menu :)

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  59. LOOOOVE adding squash to lasagna but never tried the sprouts in there too! This looks and sounds AWESOME!!!!! <3 pinning! =)

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  60. Gorgeous dish, and maybe, just maybe, my kids will eat brussels sprouts this way! I'd love to try it with gluten-free lasagna. First time visiting your blog-what a gorgeous site and recipes!

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  61. This dish seems to be yummy and delicious. I made it too. It's great.

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  62. Delicious! Southern Belle in Santa Barbara made this for me the other night. This is a definite repeat!!! xo, R

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  63. I love the twist on a classic!!! What a great way to pack in more veggies! This looks stunning, I cannot wait to try it this week! Report to follow...:)

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  64. This looks so good! I'm putting it on my meal plan for next week. :)

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  65. Anonymous9:16 AM

    This was delicious. I don't like brussel sprouts generally but loved them in this dish. What other green vegetables would you recommend substituting when I make this for people who don't like brussel sprouts? Also, how long do you cook the noodles before putting them in the dish? Thanks for the great recipe that I will be repeating soon. -L

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    1. Hi L! So glad you liked this. The time you cook the noodles will depend on the noodles you are using. Just follow the directions on the box. I prefer fresh pasta sheets that can be found at gourmet food stores (I think Whole Foods has them - I get them at Gelson's here).
      Here's the way I make it in the spring with other veggies:
      http://www.yummymummykitchen.com/2011/04/spring-vegetable-and-goat-cheese.html

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  66. made this last night for dinner & let's just say...it is a keeper!!! my husband and i both enjoyed it so much & i will definitely be making this one again...i'm thinking the next time we entertain! thank you again for your yummy recipe, it was delish! ...& beautiful pictures by the way:) warmest. e.

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  67. Rachel5:52 PM

    I made this for dinner tonight and leftovers for lunch this week. Sooo good and so easy! Thanks for the great ideas, and for making meat-free meals so delicious and accessible!

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  68. A great recipe for the fall! I had sprouts on a stalk and a squash handy, and only had to run to the store for a few items. The lasagna was easy to put together and tasted super! It also made me feel like I could create my own recipe, depending on what I have in the house. Thank you : )

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