8 servings

This grand-prize-winning recipe from Teresa Lloro of Montclair, California, earned honors for creatively blending squash's sweetness with the bitterness of spinach.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 2

To prepare vegetable filling, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add leek, sage, and garlic; sauté 5 minutes. Add squash, wine, and water; cover and cook 20 minutes or until squash is tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon pepper and spinach.

Step 3

To prepare sauce, place flour in a large saucepan, and gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Place over medium heat; and cook until thick (about 10 minutes), stirring constantly. Remove from heat; add cream cheese, nutmeg, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper, stirring with a whisk. Combine cheese shreds and provolone cheese; set aside.

Step 4

Spread 1/2 cup sauce in the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange 3 noodles over sauce; top with 2 cups vegetable filling, 1/2 cup cheese mixture, and 1/2 cup sauce. Repeat the layers, ending with noodles. Spread the remaining sauce over noodles. Cover and bake at 400° for 30 minutes. Uncover, and sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheese mixture, and bake an additional 10 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with sage sprigs, if desired.

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Ratings & Reviews

wiggieje's Review

May 11, 2014
One of our favorites. Freezes well.

tsprincess's Review

January 28, 2012
This was delicious! I used skim milk and 1/3 less fat cream cheese because that's what I had on hand. I halved the recipe and made it in an 8" X 8" pan with 9 noodles. There were ends of the noodles left over. I also used fresh spinach, but I microwaved it for 1 minute to remove the bulk. Overall, I'm planning to make this again soon.

LindaO's Review

September 25, 2011

murphy4's Review

October 25, 2010
This is a family favorite and worth the time it takes.