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Butternut Squash Lasagna

butternut squash lasagna

butternut squash lasagna

Recently Boyfriend and I went through the whole box of ‘Sopranos’. The whole 6 seasons. Every episode is an hour long, so it was a lot of watching. But we were committed.

The only problem is, once you finish binge watching something so great, how would you fill the void? Because there is a massive void left after such a long time spent with the Soprano’s family and friends. It’s like there is no Bada Bing no more….Sad.

We couldn’t let go. We had to hold on to it for some time. So we tried to fill the void by watching all great mafia-related films. But to be honest, nothing seems the same anymore, so after the usual grief period we have to move on to some other dysfunctional family. I heard there is a Gilmore Girls revival happening on Netflix (yey)…

The list of the best mafia-related films which can temporarily help your grief after ending a box of Sopranos:

  1. ‘Goodfellas’. The ultimate and my favourite.
  2. ‘Godfather’. All of them. They are a classic.
  3. ‘Prizzi’s Honour’. Comical.
  4. ‘Donnie Brasco’. It would remind you of the days when Johnny Depp wasn’t playing a caricature of a version of himself.
  5. ‘Casino’. Great Sharon Stone.
  6. ‘Married to Mob’. Michelle Pfeiffer in the 80s – perm and jewellery shouldn’t be missed.
  7. ‘Miller’s Crossing’ – very classy and a bit bonkers. Cohen brothers in their best form.

And now for the food. You need to have Italian food when you are watching mob films, but you are allowed to make it different.

Butternut Squash Lasagna:

If you want to make it vegan you will need:

1 cup of soaked cashews and 1 cup almond milk (if vegetarian, replace with 2 cups of ricotta)

2 medium butternut squash

2 tbsp sage

salt

pepper

1 tsp nutmeg

lasagna sheets

olive oil

handful of pine nuts

  1. Peel butternut squash and chop it. Spread it on a baking sheet and mix with olive oil, sprinkle salt and pepper and chopped sage. Bake in 180C hot oven until soft.
  2. If you are making vegan lasagna, put soaked cashews and almond milk into a food processor and blend until smooth. Add soft butternut squash and mix. If you are making the vegetarian version, mix squash in a food processor and add ricotta. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper.
  3. Oil the lasagna dish, spread butternut and cheese mixture, cover with lasagna sheet, repeat until you use your butternut and lasagna sheets, spread a spoon of cheese and butternut squash on top, sprinkle with pine nuts, bake until soft and crispy on top (about 30 minutes in 180 C). Forget about it!
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People who cook always go on about precious memories of childhood food one of their family members cooked, how daddy or nanny taught them the importance of cooking and eating together, and they still remember the comfort food they produced, amazing dishes whipped up by brilliant but humble cooks in their family. Well, let me tell you, it was totally different in my family. My mother’s family – totally useless as cooks, who could survive on bread and butter, cooked once a week a terrible, terrible meal, usually some kind of meat piece with lots of brown sauce. Also, they were never bothered about eating together. That’s maybe why most of them were depressed and suicidal. My mother followed that path and couldn’t really cook, and because I never wanted to eat meat, was warning me that ‘one day I will regret it’. Probably because my mother wasn’t into cooking my sister at the age of 12 took over and started producing amazing dinners and cakes. Well, luckily for me and her we weren’t that genetically doomed because apparently my father’s family were gifted in that compartment. I can only presume it was genes, as my father divorced my mother when my sis and me were little and he strongly believed that he also divorced us. So, we were growing up never having any contact with him and as a result, couldn’t learn how to cook from him. That’s why I believe the love of cooking ( and the ability) was just passed to us genetically. My father, short time before he died, unexpectedly felt an urge to contact us. First he gave my sister a mandolin (that’s another thing I know about him- he played a few instruments). My sister refused to talk to him, he then decided to contact me and wanted to spend some time with me. I didn’t want to, as he was a stranger to me (I was 11 or 12 at the time) but as I was promised I could leave whenever I wanted to, I went to the village he lived in. There I tried his mother’s cooking everyone was raving about. It was simple and amazing, I wish they were as family dedicated as they were at baking, cooking, making pastries, wine, tinctures, you name it. But I ate, drunk, and got bored of strangers who were my family and demanded to be let to go home. One of the last things my father said to me was that I should start learning English because I might need it one day, which I ignored for another 16 years… Because my sister was such a domestic goddess I wasn’t really bothered about cooking. I got hooked properly after my son was born and I wanted him to eat healthy and get everything he needed, especially that it wasn’t his choice to be a vegetarian (yet). And that is how the story begins…

3 responses »

  1. Täytyy kokeilla reseptiä. Kummisetä on minun suosikkini, voisin katsoa sen joka päivä. I have to try the lasagna. The Godfather is always my
    favourite, I could watch it every day.

    Reply
  2. Yum, great flavor combos.. Looks delicious!

    Reply

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