Pumpkin-and-Turnip Green Lasagna

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Pumpkin-and-Turnip Green LasagnaRecipe

Photo: Greg Dupree; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

TIP: Use no-boil lasagna noodles (we like Barilla brand), which will soak up moisture from the sauce and pumpkin.

Makes 6-8 servings


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1 pound mild Italian sausage, casings removed
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1 (1-lb.) package fresh turnip greens, chopped
1 1/2 qt. milk
6 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, divided
1 (29-oz.) can pumpkin
1 pound no-boil lasagna noodles
Vegetable cooking spray


Hands-on: 1 Hours
Total: 1 Hour, 55 Minutes

1. Preheat oven to 375°. Cook sausage in 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, 4 to 5 minutes or until meat crumbles and is no longer pink. Remove sausage to a plate, using a slotted spoon; reserve drippings in skillet. Reduce heat to medium.

2. Stir garlic, 1/2 tsp. salt, half of turnip greens, 1/2 cup water, and remaining 1 Tbsp. oil into hot drippings. Cook 1 minute, stirring and scraping bottom of skillet to loosen browned bits. Stir in remaining turnip greens. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 5 to 6 minutes or until greens are tender and water has evaporated. Remove from heat.

3. Microwave milk, in batches, in a microwave-safe measuring cup covered with plastic wrap at HIGH for 2 to 3 minutes or until very warm. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour, and cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Gradually whisk in warm milk; cook, whisking often, 12 to 14 minutes or until mixture thickens and comes to a low boil. Remove from heat, and whisk in dry mustard, 1 cup Parmesan cheese, 1/4 tsp. pepper, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, and 1 tsp. salt.

4. Whisk together pumpkin, 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper in a large bowl.

5. Place 1 layer of lasagna noodles in a lightly greased (with cooking spray) 13- x 9-inch baking dish, covering bottom completely. (Use pieces of noodles to fill in any gaps.) Spread 1 cup sauce over noodles; top with cooked sausage. Add another layer of noodles and 1 cup sauce; top with half of pumpkin mixture. Add another layer of noodles and 1 cup sauce; top with turnip green mixture. Add another layer of noodles and 1 cup sauce; top with remaining pumpkin mixture. Add another layer of noodles and 1 cup sauce; top with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.

6. Bake at 375° for 40 minutes or until top is golden brown. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Serve with remaining sauce.

Created date

September 2015