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Parmesan and Root Vegetable Lasagna

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Yield 10 servings
Wash the pan well before using it again to cook the strained milk mixture—that ensures a silken sauce.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash (about 2 1/2 pounds)
  • 2 1/4 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled sweet potato (about 1 pound)
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped onion, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1.5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups (5 ounces) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 9 packaged no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Nutrition Information

  • calories 322
  • caloriesfromfat 24 %
  • fat 8.4 g
  • satfat 3.9 g
  • monofat 2.2 g
  • polyfat 0.5 g
  • protein 16.6 g
  • carbohydrate 45.8 g
  • fiber 4.6 g
  • cholesterol 19 mg
  • iron 2.1 mg
  • sodium 471 mg
  • calcium 422 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 450°.

  2. Combine squash, potato, 1 cup chopped onion, and oil in a roasting pan coated with cooking spray, tossing to coat vegetables. Bake at 450° for 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring once; set aside.

  3. Combine remaining 1 cup onion, milk, nutmeg, cinnamon, and bay leaf in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a simmer. Remove from heat; let stand 15 minutes. Strain milk mixture through a fine sieve over a bowl; discard solids. Return milk mixture to pan. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Add flour, salt, and pepper to milk mixture, stirring with a whisk. Cook over medium heat 10 minutes or until thick, stirring frequently with a whisk. Remove from heat; stir in Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

  4. Preheat oven to 375°.

  5. Spread 1/2 cup milk mixture in bottom of a 13 x 9–inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange 3 noodles over milk mixture; top with half of squash mixture, 1/2 cup mozzarella, and 1 cup milk mixture. Repeat layer with noodles, squash mixture, mozzarella, and milk mixture. Top with remaining 3 noodles. Spread remaining milk mixture over noodles, and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella. Cover with foil coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 20 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes.

  6. Wine note: Root vegetables are best with earthy wine varietals like tempranillo, pinot noir, and sangiovese. Try this with a Spanish Rioja, which is made from tempranillo. Try Conde de Valdemar Rioja Crianza 2004 (about $15). "Crianza" is the Rioja term used for simple weeknight wines. —Karen MacNeil

Cook's Notes

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