Jacquelynne Steves

Pumpkin Lasagna Recipe (PS It’s FABULOUS!!)

Sooooooo…. this post was supposed to go up yesterday, I thought I had scheduled it, but alas, I never did! So here is the first Thanksgiving recipe for November. Things have been a bit of a whirlwind around here. Got back from International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas last week, then I spent my week preparing for a talk which I gave at the monthly Women’s Meeting at our church. The theme of my talk was “How do you see yourself? How does God see you?”  It went over well, but being the Type A-Perfectionist-Obsessive Compulsive that I am, I spent a lot of time on it. My husband told me that he would never spend as much time on that as I did! But I can’t help it- that’s just the way I am…. I drive myself and everyone around me nuts sometimes.

Anyway- on to our recipe!

Pumpkin Lasagna

Pumpkin Lasagna Recipe

 

This sounds unusual, and it is- but it’s delicious! My daughter and her husband were coming over for dinner one night and I asked her if she wanted anything special. Her reply was that she wanted something that included pumpkin because she was ready for fall to begin (even though it was almost 90 degrees that day!) The answer was a pumpkin lasagna- total “comfort” food! I have made Pastitstio (a Greek pasta dish) many times in the past. It includes cinnamon in the meat sauce and a lovely white béchamel sauce. I decided to try replacing the meat sauce with a pumpkin filling and lasagna noodles instead of ziti and it came out great! I topped it with chopped hazelnuts but walnuts would work well, too.

Serve this as an unexpected side dish for Thanksgiving- or even as the main course if you are doing a vegetarian holiday. It would make a wonderful vegetarian entrée any time. It is now a frequent request in our house at dinnertime :)

 

Pumpkin Filling

1 tablespoon butter

1/2 cup finely chopped onion

29 oz can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)

14.5 oz can chicken broth (about 1 3/4 cups)

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

 

Béchamel Sauce

5 tablespoons all-purpose flour

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter

2 cups hot whole milk

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Dash of ground black pepper

2 egg yolks

1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese

 

9 oz box no-boil lasagna noodles

20 oz (about 5 cups) shredded cheese- you can use plain Mozzarella; I prefer the bag of shredded Italian cheeses (Mozzarella, Provolone, Asiago and Parmesan)

1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts

 

To make pumpkin filling:

Melt butter in large sauté pan. Add onion and cook over medium-low heat until onion is soft and golden (about 5 minutes.) Add pumpkin, chicken broth, nutmeg and cinnamon. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer over low heat for 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and set aside.

 

To make béchamel sauce:

In a heavy medium-sized saucepan, melt butter over low heat. As soon as butter is melted, add the flour and whisk until there are no lumps. Increase heat to medium-low and slowly add the hot milk, whisking constantly until well blended. Continue to whisk and simmer sauce until it begins to get creamy.

Remove from heat. Whisk in salt, pepper, nutmeg, and egg yolks. Return to low heat and whisk constantly over low heat for 1 minute.

Remove from heat. Stir in cheese. Set aside.

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 13 x 9 inch glass baking dish with non-stick spray.

Place a thin layer of pumpkin filling on bottom of pan. Make a single layer of lasagna noodles in bottom of dish. Top with a thin layer of pumpkin filling, about 1/3 cup béchamel sauce (drizzle on), and 1/2 cup shredded cheese. Make 3 more layers (noodles, pumpkin filling, béchamel, shredded cheese.) Top with a final layer of noodles. Top with remaining béchamel sauce.

Cover with foil and bake 40 minutes.

Remove foil and sprinkle with remaining shredded cheese and hazelnuts. Bake, uncovered, for an additional 15 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Makes 8-10 servings

 

I hope you will give it a try- it’s a bit of work but it’s really worth it! Please share this with your friends using the handy-dandy social media buttons below!

P.S.- Quilt Market photos later this week!

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19 Comments

  • Christine
    Posted November 5, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    I love pumpkin, especially this time of year…..I will have to give this a try sometime. It does sound a bit unusual though, and I may have to be a little “dishonest” in telling picky eaters what it is until they try it!!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted November 5, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

      Yes maybe just tell them it is “November Casserole”!! I think they will like it, it has just a touch of sweetness, the flavor of the pumpkin is not overwhelming at all.

  • Jacque (aka Snoodles)
    Posted November 5, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Mmmmm, that’s right up my alley….love anything pumpkin and cinnamon! LOL Do the filling and sauce recipes make generous amounts? I usually find that lasagna recipes don’t give me enough to fully cover the noodles…. :)

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted November 5, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

      I felt it was just enough sauce- the bechamel is delicious so you could double it if you want.

  • Posted November 5, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    sounds like something I need to try!!!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted November 5, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

      It is worth the effort! It’s perfect “comfort food”!!

  • Judy
    Posted November 5, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    This looks and sounds delicious I am definitely going to make it soon.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted November 6, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Judy :)

  • Posted November 6, 2013 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    Now this sounds really yummy for the Holidays! We always love lasagna and this would be fun to try.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted November 6, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

      If you give it a try, let me know what you think.

  • Jennifer
    Posted November 8, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Ooh, this sounds so yummy! I just love pumpkin – and will have to try this for my family…..

  • Posted November 20, 2014 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    I have a very food-sensitive crowd to cook for over their 10 day holiday stay with us this Christmas, and this would fill the bill for one meal – thank you! Do you think it would freeze well if I made it ahead of time?

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted November 20, 2014 at 9:42 am | Permalink

      To be honest, I have not tried to freeze it. I think if you wanted to try, I would freeze it before you bake it, so it doesn’t get soggy?? Or you could make the sauces the night before, and then just assemble the next day. Let me know how it turns out. I am also thinking about making this for a side for Thanksgiving, just to do something different!

  • Terri Drake
    Posted October 17, 2016 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    I will definitely be trying this. I already make pumpkin blossoms using canned pumpkin and cake mix so this will be a yummy addition. Thanks so much for sharing this marvelous recipe! Hmmm, now I’ll have to go find your triple corn spoon bread recipe.

  • Posted October 17, 2016 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    Living in England, UK, I can manage cups, ( I have an American daughter in law) but how many ounces does a stick of butter weigh please ? This recipe sounds delicious and I would like to try it. Then maybe share it with the American vegetarians !
    I do enjoy your emails and info.

    • Tracey
      Posted October 18, 2016 at 5:59 am | Permalink

      4 tablespoons of butter weighs 56 grams. Hope this helps.

      • Elaine
        Posted October 23, 2016 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

        One stick of butter weighs 4ozs.

  • Marcia Elliott
    Posted October 17, 2016 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    Hi I live in Australia and have never seen pumpkin in cans what do you think I would need to add to fresh pumpkin for the lasagna recipe ?
    During our last trip to the USA one of the hi lights was our visit to the Armish area where I bought a quilt as I make quilts this has been the only one I have ever purchased.looking forward to seeing your photos of your visit there( after I peruse the other parts of your email .thank you for info
    Marcia

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted October 18, 2016 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

      Hi Marcia! If using fresh pumpkin, I recommend cooking it down until it is very thick, as our canned pumpkin has a very thick consistency. You may just need to cook your sauce a little longer so it’s not too runny.

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