Thursday, December 1, 2011

Pumpkin Lasagna and CSA Potluck

Way back in September our CSA farm hosted a potluck for all the members of the CSA.  We got pumpkin that week and I was burned out of sweet pumpkin dishes.  I decided I would make a pumpkin lasagna with chard and walnuts. Because I had to corral The Good Daughter, I was practically last in line for the food and when I got to my dish, it was all gone. So I take it, it was well received and I hadn't fucked it up.

I made a smaller batch later that week for dinner and it was amazing!  I added some sage sausage in our version and it was so hearty that even The Good Husband had a bite. I am so happy to have a savory pumpkin dish.

The Good Daughter is in love with chickens. They are able to get out of the fence and walk around the property. The first time a chicken jumped out of there, she gasped and looked at me in horror, like she knew that chicken was going to get in trouble.



our party

the chicken coop

  more fields

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 onions, chopped
2 pounds Swiss chard, tough stems removed, leaves washed well and chopped
2 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh sage
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/2 cup walnut halves
3 cups canned pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan
1/2 cup milk
9 no-boil lasagne noodles (about 6 ounces)
1 tablespoon butter 

~In a large nonstick frying pan, heat the oil over moderately low heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Increase the heat to moderately high and add the chard, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 tablespoon sage, and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. Cook, stirring, until the chard is wilted and no liquid remains in the pan, 5 to 10 minutes.

~Heat the oven to 400°. In a medium bowl, mix together 2 cups of the pumpkin, 3/4 cup cream, 1/2 cup Parmesan, and the remaining 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 tablespoon sage, and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. 

~Pour the milk into an 8-by-12-inch baking dish. Top the milk with one third of the noodles, then spread half the pumpkin mixture over the noodles. Layer half the Swiss chard over the pumpkin and top with half the walnuts and top with a second layer of noodles. Repeat with another layer of pumpkin, Swiss chard, walnuts and noodles. Combine the remaining 1 cup of pumpkin and 3/4 cup of cream. Spread the mixture evenly over the top of the lasagne, sprinkle with the remaining 1 cup of Parmesan, and dot with the butter. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake until golden, about 15 minutes more.

Alternative version:
~Brown one pound of sage sausage in a large skillet over medium heat. Drain and allow to cool. Add in with the Swiss chard layer. Bake as normal.
recipe modified from: Food and Wine

1 comment:

Alex said...

I would like to pass along to you the Liebster Blog award.